Has this happened to any others here -- after several weeks-post surgery??
Yesterday, after a nice lunch at a restaurant, I went to urinate and a little blood came out – just at onset. I had not seen any blood in my urine for almost two weeks. And the catheter has been out for over three.weeks Later, at home, I had a pretty long pee of what looked like bright red blood (this had never happened before and scared the hell out of me). It happened twice more within the hour and I called City of Hope, who notified the doctor. He called me and was somewhat concerned, but said he wished he could see the urine, because the amount of blood is impossible to judge without seeing it. He said he was going to contact a couple of doctors on call in Vegas and have them ready to talk to me, if necessary. In the meantime, he wanted me to lie down, take a chill pill to get my blood pressure down and see what happens. He called back about an hour later to check in and things were the same, although the blood in urine had thinned a little -- instead of liquid cherry Jell-O it looked like cherry Kool Aid. Then right after he hung up, I felt like I had to go -- went into the bathroom-- some red pee came out and then I felt clogged up (which double-scared the hell out of me). Then, I waited a second and about five gelatinous-looking clots shot out, some the size of a pea -- one the size of a dime -- three of them shot out so fast they missed the bowl and hit the floor. This absolutely freaked me out, except the urine began running clear after that.
Then I went in again and a couple more clots came out followed by clear and it has been clear since. The nurse said it was probably due to me over-exerting in some way – too much lifting walking etc. But I don’t recall overdoing anything. Or, she said, it could just be the scab breaking loose where the urethra was reconnected.
Another first for me last night was when I woke up soaked in the middle of the night. My pad was soaked, my underwear, the bed –ugh. I’ve had nothing but dry nights since surgery!! The triage nurse said it could be due to
the swelling going down in my insides. This can cause increased incontinence several weeks after surgery. I’ve also had more aching in the area where my prostate used to be and they attribute that to the swelling going down, as well.
I guess everybody's different. It seems like some guys are back to work within two weeks or so. Not the case here.
So my orders for today are to rest, drink fluids and take pain meds if needed. It's driving me nuts.
It ain't over till it's over!
(Maybe I should have a glass of vino with my pain pill? BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!)
54 years old
PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1
Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6
Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, Jan 12, 2007
Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.