Hello to all of you again. It is Saturday morning, Feb 10th and I had the Da Vinci done on Thursday morning Feb 8th and things are going well. For those of you who are about
to have it done, my experience is very good. I am up and around and walking well, taking 1/2 a pain pill every 2 to 3 hours and feeling good.
There is always some good in evrything and while I am already anxious for this catheter to come out at least I do not have to get up 3 or 4 times a night to go to the bathroom, I just lay there asleep and let it flow.
The pain was not bad and probably the worst thing were the potholes in the road on the ride home, about a 2 hour ride from San Francisco. They gave me 2 bags, a small day bag and a larger night bag and the info I got from this web site about putting the night bag in a small waste paper basket (I think that was from Swimon, thanks) worked great. I go back in next Friday Feb 16th to have the catheter taken out.
To sum it up, it was not as bad as I anticipated and while I don't like the catheter, I can live with it for 7 or 8 days and I think I made the right decision on having it taken out rather than do the seeds or radiation. It is nice to know that the cancer is out of the body and the chances of any thing coming back is slim.
The surgeon said the cnacer was all confined to the prostate and they were able to save the nerves and there were no problems. They are starting me on Cialis this Friday when the catheter comes out so I stil lhave to go through that and the incontinence, but thanks to this website I have been doing the Kegals and I am sure I will work through that.
I am optomistic the next week will see constant improvement and I am taking it slow and easy to make sure I do not over do things and have a set back.
Good luck to those of you about to have the operation done and I hope you come through it as well as I have done so far.
PSA 6.6, , Had biopsies On October 26, 06 with 5 positive and less than 30% cancer in any of them. Gleason 3+3