Thanks Kat and all,
Just got back from the Dr. and the catheter and staples are gone, gone, gone! What a relief.....
The path report is the best we could hope for. Cancer completely confined to prostate so it went out last week. Pathological stage stayed at T2B and the Gleason went from 3+3 to 3+4. I am so glad that we chose surgery and got it over and out of our life so soon....... First PSA will be on 1/3/2007 so will hope for "undetectable".
Now to the Kegels and regaining control - this starts tomorrow.
During the month between being diagnosed and the surgery, I had time to reflect on what was important in my life and, as would be expected, have rearranged things somewhat. The little things that I overlooked for 72 years suddenly have taken their proper place in my life. The smell of a winter morning, the poem one of my sons wrote for me (I still can't read it with dry eyes), hunting with my other son (he gets the deer, I just get to carry a gun in the woods), my daughter's (both of them) smile, my dear wife's (of 51 years) sweet kiss.
These things now replace the thrill of going balls out and pedal to the metal in everything that I do. Cancer did this for me but I would never have realized it but for the support of this forum, my family and friends and all the staff at the hospital and Dr office that helped show me the way.
Thank you all so much,
Diagnosed on 11/03/2006
Gleason 3+3 on both sides
Clinical stage: T2B
RRP performed on 12/7/2006
Lymph glands clean
Both nerves intact
Catheter and staples out on 12/13/2006
Pathological stage: T2B
Cancer confined entirely inside prostate
First PSA will be on 1/3/2007