Courtney & Kurt,
Hey ~ not sure where my post went.... but when I was looking back to see when you leave.... for Austin... I noticed my 2nd post never made it here.
I'm sure you've already got your bags packed and ready to go!!!! But thought I'd throw this out for you.
You guys have been a pleasure to walk with and we so look forward to continuing this journey with you.
Keep right on posting until you walk out the door... We are "all" here for you!!!
Courtney.... I chose to stay in the room and I even took my pj's. Changed into them and slept when Buddy slept and never felt drained. Most important thing is ~ you take care of you too!!!!!!! Eat & Sleep... is a must!
We are keeping you extra close to our hearts.... Remembering the walk we walked and smile with the memories of each as we read new postings.
In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
(direct link ~ just click on the title! Reminder to click on the REFRESH icon once there)
Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring
Excerpt from Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring
Items to have on hand before surgery:
Head Brace: I took 2 very soft ankle socks and stuffed them with soft material. The pillows in the hospital are really not very good. I placed them on the sides of Buddy's head so when he slept his neck was not strained, as his head would roll to the side. This really helped!!
Leg Lotion: I massaged Buddy's calves. It really seemed to help him after the pressure cuffs were taken off.
Blanket: Used while I slept in the chair at the hospital.
Neck Pillow: Used while I slept in the chair at the hospital and Buddy continues to use it today while recovering in his new lounge chair J Helps relax his body while he reads. It was a lifesaver coming home from the hospital too!
Lounge Chair: We bought 2 and they were the best investment!! One that allows you to lean back. This helps keep pressure off the incision.
Donut Pillow: Used when sitting at the computer (not in the lounge chair)… this really helps take the pressure off. We have since…found that placing a soft pillow over the donut gives it an extra soft cushion.
Prescriptions: Ask doctor for “all” prescriptions ahead of time so you have them at home before you head out the door for surgery. (Pain med, stool softener, bladder spasm, antibiotics, etc.)
BE PREPARED: Coming home with a catheter?
see link for more information...
mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina
Link to our personal journey…>>> Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring
April 3, 2006 53 on surgery day
RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"
PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a Confined to Prostate
2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)