Thanks for the tip. More exactly, what should the at home recovery set up be?
Sleep in recliner? or a bed?
Pain medication- how long?
When to walk- can you walk before folley is taken away? [img]/community/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
What to expect? Do I really need my mother-in-law there the first day home?
This message board is the best but also sobering.
JJK--You've already got some good, personal advice to cherry pick from. I had no problem whatever sleeping on my side in bed. I hooked the big catheter drainage bag to the bed frame and slept like a log all night.
I won't touch the MIL question with a ten-foot catheter tube! Ha ha! Seriously, you probably won't need much help navigating around the house.
You can and should walk when the catheter is in. The sooner you start walking, the better. I found it best to insure that there was plenty of loose tubing between the penis and where the tubing attached to the inside of the thigh with velcro adhesive;if the tubing is too tight--you guessed 'er, Chester--it tugs on your penis and bladder (don't go there).
My dachshund Henry was a great companion to have around when home. He accompanied me on walks around the block twice a day. And if I was having a bad day, he sat quietly beside me without giving advice!
P.S. For those of us, men and those who love them, who are thru the surgery or other prostate cancer treatment,and recovering or back to normal, it is a privilege to help out those who are just beginning the prostate cancer journey. My only regret is that I did not find this forum until after I had surgery. I have found it a great help since.