Pete, GreenAcres, Lee & Buddy, Alax and Kat,
It's good to be back. Just sitting down and taking a time out from my crazy life is half the battle. I'll make this my own personal happy hour.
Pete - My loving husband has been a beer drinker for at least 35 years non stop. At this time, a normal day will involve a six after work. And maybe a 12 pk on a day off (he quite a tolerance built up). For most of the last decade he did service calls at work and would go many hours between bathroom breaks. He says he would just hold it until he didn't need to pee anymore (very bad). With that sort of treatment, his bladder is now twice the size it should be. Our urologist says that his bladder will hold 1000mLs. He says 400mLs will make a healthy bladder want to pee your pants.
The problem with a stretched out bladder is that it looses it's tone and strength to push the urine out. So most of the time it doesn't fully empty. Long story short, the Dr wants him to try "self cathetering" at night before bed to empty his bladder completely empty. This will hopefully help shrink his bladder over time, as well as give him a good night sleep without getting up to pee. I'll keep you posted on the progress.
GreenAcres - It's good to here from you too. How are you and your husband? That PSA scare sent me reeling. Just a 2 minute phone call put me right back to the beginning. Crying and praying.
Mamma Bluebird - I missed you terribly. Over Holidays I found the best bluegrass Christmas music cd. I thought of you both every time I listened to it.
Alex - It is nice to meet you. I will look up your posts to get to know your story. This is truly the best place to draw strength.
Kat - A hand full? Heck, there are days I feel like I'm running the circus. He has four and I have three. In the beginning we had six living at home with us full time. Now we a down to four with 9 yrs until the youngest is out of high school. We are a strong couple.
How are you and Jeff doing?
My Husband is 52 yrs old
* Diagnosed 7/13/06 with 11.4 PSA, Gleason 7,T2b.
* Negative Bone and CT scan.
* Had Open Radical Prostatectomy on 9/18/06
Prostate Path Report
* 75% of the prostate was affected with cancer.
* Gleason was reduced to 6, had negative nodes
and negative margins.
Where we are today (3/19/2007)
* First & second post-op PSA is -0.0
* One light pad per/day (just incase)
* Cialis works like a charm, but don't always need it.