Hi ~ mvesr,
You will likely go in and out of emotions so get ready to deal with them. It is a normal process… so don’t be alarmed. Just remember to take one-day-at-a-time and you will have a lot of Helping Hands reaching back to you as you continue to reach out to all of us. There are several threads with lists of supplies that different folks have put together. I’m adding several links at the bottom from the Helpful Hints page… will It will really help you!!! Knowing what to expect is really important… so there are no surprises. Why re-invent the wheel. We can all add our “spokes” to make a wonderfully smooth ride. I see that IzzyBlizzy just added her list to your thread also!!
Don’t forget to ask your family doctor for a mild sleep-aid for those nights your mind starts to really get going in the wrong direction. This helped us the last 2 weeks before surgery and had no affects once we stopped them. Have them handy because you really want to be rested going into your surgery.
Will you be having the open or the lap surgery?? Smart decision… to stay overnight. Don’t put any more pressure than you have too during this period of time. There’s been a lot of members who have traveled… Pull from their experiences…. To help you prepare for your drive home. I can honestly say the best thing we had for our 1-hour drive home was the reclining seats in the Jeep and the neck pillow!!!!!! That was my biggest concern and turned out to be so easy in the long run. SO ~ read, read, and read more… Don’t overload but take in as much as you can. You’ve made your decision and it’s the best decision for you!!!! Don’t go backwards…. Continue to move forward!
In response to your shingles…~ painful rash of blisters. I truly hope you get your appointment on Monday…. Because the longer you leave it the more pain you will experience. And you might mention to your doctor that your daughter is pregnant (not sure if this is a problem but worth mentioning). I know this virus is easily spread by direct contact with a blister and will cause chickenpox in a person who is not immune to the disease. Medication helps to reduce inflammation and helps you cope with the pain associated with it. Our neighbor had this and found cold compresses helped tremendously… Hopefully you can get this dealt with quickly so you can move forward. It will probably zap your strength… so work with it not against it....
Continue on your road to weight loss!!! This is such a positive for you! And don’t forget to start kegels…. We can’t say this enough. We truly feel it’s what helped us in our urinary control so quickly after the catheter was removed. Make sure you re-read your posting to help you get in a good “positive” mindset!!!!!
The car show… will be here in 2008 ~ right!! Plan to put your all into that showing… This year it’s time for “YOU”! Once you’ve had your surgery you do not want to cause any extra concerns once your on your healing/recovery stone. So ~ plan now ~ not to have any duties that will cause you any extra stress or injury….. Lift a hood and bam you’ve got a hernia… You don’t want this!!!! So ~ plan to give yourself the right amount of time to heal properly… this is major surgery and it needs major attention to HealingWell.
Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers as you move forward in your journey to become prostate cancer free!!!!! We invite you to visit our personal thread below.In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
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 :)