Posted 3/23/2007 10:44 AM (GMT -6)
Below is an update to my journey that I have added to the thread titled Norskie Journery From the Begininig. It's and up-date form my doctors appointment yesterday, my current statas to all the issues and the PSA results. Thanks to all who support us on this board during our Pc adventures, you are all great folks.
March 22, 2007
Well I am now 10½ weeks past surgery and everything remains overall pretty well and I continue to get a little better all the time.
First Post PSA Test was done on 3/22/07, results < .01 or undetectable.
Incontinence continues to be minor probably more frustrating than anything that I just can’t seem to completely shut off the faucet and a drip comes every now and then. It’s was real good last Sunday but each day this week has been more of a challenge. Making sure to keep doing the kegels and walking as much as I can. The doctor said as my bladder continues to adjust to the prostate being removed and looking how to properly fit, I might be having small bladder spasms on some days due to this and it is trying to empty the bladder when there really isn’t much there, thus the urgency I feel sometimes. I will need to just keep working on it and it could be another 6 months or so. I continue to ware ½ of 1 small pad every day for protection, hey at least it’s a nice warm feeling once in a while; remember to keep sense of humor also.
Sexual functions continue to go well, I don’t have the same urge as before but when I do things are working at about 90 to 95% of the way it was prior to surgery with no medication, so very lucky. As for the lack of desire that is pretty normal at this time and should return also as time goes on according to the doctor.
In general all is pretty well this is the 7th week back at work and the energy level is getting better slowly but I am getting by. With a 9 year old and a 12 year old at home they make sure to at least get me moving and a loving wife that has many plans for me, that says it all. She has been great through all this and in fact told me to get out of here a few days with my good buddy that called last week and said lets go to Augusta and visit the Masters and have a little fun, so I am gong. The price to pay her back for all she has helped me through just went up. My doctor is setting up an appointment with a dietician which he feels is the most important thing for continued success and I will see how bad I am. We try and eat and stay pretty healthy but I am sure we can improve.
So I have been blessed this week with a good PSA report and now wait for my next test in 3 months. I can only wish and pray all who read my journey to have as good of results as I have had to date. Thanks to all on the board who add support and advice daily, this is a great place.
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 3+4=7 some agressive 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07
Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07
1st Post PSA Blood Test 3-22-07 <.01 Undetectable
2nd Post PSA Blood Test Scheduled for 7/5/07
Incontenence 1 Pad a day
ED back to 90-95% prior to surgery - no medication required.