Kziz - there a several great threads here devoted to travel. Since we also went to Austin for Dr. F., I found my old list off one of the past threads:
-Small wastebasket to keep Foley catheter bag upright. (Looked all over for a very small one - finally found one at a "dollar" store with molded handles)
-Surgical gloves (all the catheter info said was to "wash your hands." Gloves really were easier to deal with - in addition to hand washing.)
-Antibiotic ointment - we took it, but the hospital provides a tube.
-Old sheet, washcloths, and towel - hotel sheets are white and there is some blood leakage following surgery. The folded up sheet was for underneath. Laid a washcloth over catheter/penis and then a towel to prevent leakage onto top sheet. At that point, husb. did not feel like wearing pants/pajamas of any type. (Although I had slit an old pair and re-Velcroed for that purpose.)
-Gallon freezer bags - there are simply some things hotel staff do not need to see or deal with. The latex gloves, bloody tissues, and empty enema bottle (from the night before surgery) were stashed in the bags and disposed of at home.
-Generic stool softener - less expensive than prescript
ion type and better to have everything on hand if possible.
-Small bottle of vinegar - for rinsing out leg bag and replacing with overnight bag. Used the leg bag to go from hospital to hotel.
One last thing. We took a small travel bag with a shoulder strap and top
opening. If you're self-conscious about
leaving the hotel, just run the bag through the pants leg (this style zippered at bottom) and into the travel bag. Can carry by the strap and it's much less obvious.
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