I posted something earlier, but I thought it would be helpful to pull things together. I was referred by my doc to a urologist to examine a small prostate growth and moving psa number. My first doctor was rather negative, but I found a competent Doc who knew how to listen. Biopsy showed a Gleason 4=4=8 and a grade T2A. After much discussion my wife and I decided that the DaVinci surgery would be our choice. I am 65, but despite aches and pains I am pretty fit for my age.
It seems everything takes a long time in the treatment of prostate cancer. I went from June 2006 to January 2007 before I finally rolled into the operating room. Today I am just over three weeks out of surgery and I find this forum to be very very helpful in my time of recovery. I still don't understand all of the implications and numbers and grades and scores... (I'm not sure I have everything correct in signature..even) but my Doc says everything looks pretty good. All cancer contained and removed. Left side nerves left intact. and now the realities of getting well again.
I got my Foley catheter out after 8 days, so I guess it has been out for about two weeks. I had prescheduled appointments with a physical therapist. He really helped. I still drip now and then but I haven't needed a pad in three days. I might still wear one as a confidence precaution for a while when meeting my public. I haven't seen anything resembling an erection, but I just want to get everything else functioning before I start working on that...(so to speak).
I posted something else on the "chronic pain" forum. My aches and pains somewhat complicate my recovery, but I am trying to deal with that aside from the things cancer has done to me. I have the usual questions and fears. I am really tired and I guess there is a good reason for that. I am glad that so far I seem to be able to control my urinary urges. I see that as a significant victory. A lot of my discomfort from surgery seems to have passed. However, I do take pain medication for other problems and I'm sure that masks my post surgery discomfort.
Well thats it for today...I think I'll go takea nap...