Have pump, will travel?

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 2/25/2007 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a frequent flying traveler for business, so I end up taking my ErecAid pump with me.  Usually I pack it with my checked luggage, but occasionally I am on a short trip where I just have carry-ons, which means my pump gets scanned while I pass through security.  Just curious if anyone has had trouble or funny experiences with this.
It can be quite amusing to see the raised eyebrows when the pump passes through the X-ray, and then the TSA agent says he/she needs to search the bag.  Usually they want no verbal explanation at that point, so I let them have at it.  I carry the instruction book with me (complete with instruction diagrams!).  There is usually a quick recognition of what the device is for, followed by a quick "sorry, sir", and the somewhat embarrassed TSA agent leaves me to repack things.  Once in awhile you get someone with questions, so I explain then, of course.
Most of this PCa stuff is a royal pain in the ass, but moments like this add a bit of comedy to the mix :)
Prostate cancer diagnosed:  May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score:  3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy:  July 25, 2006
size of tumor:  approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score:  3+4=7; negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery:  3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery:  1 to 2
1st post-surgery PSA:  0 (Nov 2006)
2nd post-surgery PSA:  0 (Feb 2007)
ongoing post-surgery treatment:  Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily Cialis every other day, ErecAid pump twice daily (when I can manage it)

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 411
   Posted 2/25/2007 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
lol, you post some of the strangest/funniest posts raheeb! from waxing, to tantric sex, to erectile pumps in carry on!! at least they make me laugh :)

we haven't got past surgery yet, so not THAT experience. Although once, shortly after 9/11 i was already in the boarding area and got called back (outside security) to my checked baggage and the side pocket of my bag was vibrating!!

they said, "ma'm, can you please open your bag and take out whatever is vibrating". I laughed, knowing exactly what it was! I had an electric toothbrush that I had just stuck in the side pocket after using it that morning! and apparently the button on it got pushed when they sat it down on that side.

There were like five TSA (male) employees watching in anticipation, probably thinking they were gonna see me pull out a vibrator or something! But ever since then I have learned to pack the toothbrush inside and well protected from inadvertent button pushing while travelling!

Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07

M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 2/25/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Raheeb - let them think what they want. I keep waiting for my IT guy at work to question my accessing "sex toys" on the internet on my work computer. hey, will I have a story to tell him! I love your sense of humor!! take care, kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06

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Date Joined Jun 2010
Total Posts : 84
   Posted 7/3/2010 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello to one and all.  I am new to the site but not to cancer.
I to find some humor along the path as covered by the short comments below about getting my catheter out.
15 Days after surgery, I'm in to the Urologist office to get the catheter out.  Back to a patient room after "weigh in" and here comes a cute "new to me" nurse.  "Good morning sir, I'm here to remove your tube, jump up on the table please and open your gown for me.  "She inserts a syringe tip into that small second tube on the hose, withdraws the sterile water and pulls it out in 2 seconds. No pain, no drama and no name and walks out of the room after having me take a leak and handing me a pad, "The Dr. will be here in a moment."

Who was that masked bandit?

Later as we leave I see the same nurse in the hall. I walk over and introduce myself.  "You look familiar Sir, where have we met."  It was at that moment I was again reminded that cancer peels away the layers we use to protect our personal selves.  It reintroduces a health measure of "humility" back into our lives.

In the car my wife says "Way were you hitting on that cute nurse?" "Because she hit on me first was my answer?" Well if looks could kill, I guess you know where I would be by now but I dodged another bullit and here I thought cancer was my only enemy.
Jim and thanks for the smiles

Age 60 when presented to GP on 3 Aug. 2004 with elevated PSA of 13.8.
Referred to Urologist. Biopsy and bone scan in Oct 04.
Pathology report in Nov 04.  Initial Results are T2cNoMo carcinoma of prostate gland.
Had a RRP on 14 Feb 2005. Boy talk about irony look at that date again.
Dr. called 3 days after surgery. I want you both in my office tomorrow morning, we must talk now.
"I wish to apologize because I misdiagnosed your condition.
Biopsy of your organ says Staging is T3bNoMo. Please accept my apology."
At that moment I fell in love with my Dr. and have never changed my mind.
Followup radiation of the prostate bed started early June 05 and ran 42 sessions.
All PSA checkups to date, 5 1/2 yrs, are undetectable.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1132
   Posted 7/3/2010 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting post. I have not traveled with my pump for the very reason you state. I guess I should take it and go with the flow. last week, I had a mail order of viagra delivered and it went to the wrong house. The neighbors down the street opened it and the wife rang my doorbell last Sunday. She seemed so embarrassed to say we received your mail and opened it. I said no problem. It is amazing what we go through with cancer. I almost told her the cancer story etc. but only said thanks. I only responded I have been wondering if this package was lost in the mail.
Age 48 at diagnosis
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
22 month  PSA <.04
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue

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