I have also included the following up-date to my norskie journey from the begining thread.
February 3, 2007
Well I am now 25 days post surgery and 10 days post catheter removal, the second try. Once past the bladder spasms and with the catheter gone for the second time I keep getting a little better everyday. This past week has seen dramatic improvements in these last 6 days getting stronger and feeling more normal. I have found out that I will tire easily and it will take time to get the same ole energy back but I am up out and around. I also found that even though I feel good, going to my daughters basketball game the other night, that I tired easily and the bleachers are not really made for me and comfort in the mid section, it must just bend me in the right way to make it uncomfortable. As for incontinence issues I feel very fortunate although I can not take anything for granted. I have been able to get by with 1 pad per 24 hour period with just small leaks, I just have to concentrate very hard prior to every time I am going to get up and move and once in a while I will feel a drop slip. I do find that I have the urge to urinate quite frequently and as of today I cannot wait for more then an hour, no matter how much I have built up. The same urge is there if I have a bottle full or a thimble full and sometimes it feels as I could go again after just going, but at least I am able to control things for the most part. I have to keep up on the kegels and get stronger and I am sure I will get there in due time. A lot of the time the pad is there more for confidence I feel. I do know as I move around more it takes more concentration to make sure things are in check. I plan on going into the office for some limited hours starting next week at 27 days post surgery and see how things go.
As for any erection action, I have had some good sensation in the furnace room area and a couple mini enlargements. I haven’t started any drugs yet or tried any more activity with my wife as the doctor wants me to hold off till I am a little more healed.
So in short I am doing pretty good, can’t take nothing for granted and must really concentrate but no major dam breaks in the incontinence issues. I still will take a Tylenol or two a day to help tweak of pain here or there on occasion. The biggest problem is on some nights I don’t sleep well, getting up 5 and 6 times to go to the bathroom. Then on other nights have been able to get by with only a couple trips. As everyone says on this board, time is the great healer, keep up the kegels and you will get there, just don’t try and do too much too soon.
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 3+4=7 some agressive 5 cells found
De Vincie surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07
Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07