norskie up-date 2-3-07

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   Posted 2/3/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
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 

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 2/3/2007 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck with your continued recovery. I can only hope that we will have the same success. We are strongly leaning toward the da Vinci despite our doctors warnings regarding not having a 10 to 15 year outcome data base.
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Looking for Surgeon with lots of da Vinci experience
Live in OK, willing to travel

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 2/3/2007 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Norskie,

I had the same experience with peeing a lot and feeling like my "bladder full" light was stuck on. It went away slowly as my insides healed. I'm down to one or two trips to the bathroom at night which is about where I was before surgery with my oversized, lumpy prostate.

Great progress and isn't it great to have that ugly thing sitting a jar of fomaldahyde (sp) somewhere....

Age 72. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSA on 1/3/07 - 0.04.  Next PSA on 4/4/07.
 "Patience is a virtue - especially when dealing with the effects of PCa."

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 2/3/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi norskie,

Good job so far sounds like you'll be one of the PCa Posterboys for quick healing. Don't be too concerned with the frequent urge to go; I had that same feeling for 4-5 months before it got better. Now it may be up to 4 hours before I need to go, and I know it's going to improve even more. So have a great time watching the Super Bowl, and see if you can hold 3 beers till the halftime (just kidding).

Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

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