Good for you, Kziz! You'll be in great hands. Plus, now you have a date - that's always a huge step. When we went to Austin, we stayed an extra night and then headed home. We thought about staying the entire time, but agreed afterward that it was much nicer to be back home for those few days. Running around Austin with a catheter just didn't sound like much fun.
The ride home was bumpy and painful (those TX interstates!!! and construction!!!).
If possible, you may want to return to Austin for the cath removal. That's when you'll go over the path report and get Dr. F.a.g.i.n.'s input on rehab. Plus, any followup questions you may have can be discussed at that point. He typically gets an X-ray done before the catheter is removed to see if the healing has gone well. He told us that typically, there's never a delay in getting the cath out, but he wants to be sure.
Hi, TC and Ruth! The last time we went to Austin, we stopped at an Interstate rest stop just outside the city. Willie Nelson zipped in right in front of us, ran in, and then took off at about 100 mph. We're with you, though; just give us a beach (and maybe a butler) and we're good!
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now