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survivor_wannabee
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 6/9/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I am an absolute example of "selective retention". My surgery went well. My surgeon said it couldn't have gone better. I had been walking regularly and pain had gone away quickly except for penis irritation around the catheter despite regular cleanings, neosporin application etc.

I say this because in reading the forum items, I assumed that I would be one of the wonderkind, having regretted purchasing extra absorbent pads never needed and only a drip or two extra after catheter removal. I ignored all the other stories describing months of incontinence as being a small statistic and not applicable to me. I am sorry for that oversight and now understand (only a little bit) as to what that might mean.

At any rate, I have no great benchmark, but think my penis took a beating either after surgery and/or during regular catheter use. I say that as 90% of my appendage was major bruised and I had pretty substantial discomfort with the catheter. Whether that is relevant or not, I don't know. The catheter removal I was told should have been painless. The removal itself was, but injecting water up the catheter to fill the bladder was pretty uncomfortable.

My wife bought me Serenity for Men, but the absorbency was low to normal and just didn't do the trick. That first day home I had absolutely no control. I had been doing Kegels 3 times a day prior to surgery and have now moved to hourly as best I can. At any rate, I soon understood that my biggest problem was getting out of a chair, car or bed. In so doing I flexed the muscles I knew stopped the stream and was able to stop the accidents until I got to the bathroom to void. As a result today my lower extremities feel worn out.

I thought I was over walking around semi-nude, but if I need to do the drip cup deal I have read about and force things a bit, I will. I posted though just to remind anyone who thinks that the catheter removal is the end of the line, might want to rethink their expectations (or not, if you are lucky). I will persevere and update on progress or lack thereof. I am up to walking a couple of miles a day though, which is nothing compared to my old workout, but is progress since I first got out of bed to walk to the nursing station.
Age: 57
Diagnosed: 3/27/2007
PSA: 4.9
Gleason: 3 + 4
Cancer in 6 out of 12 samples
DRE: Positive
Stage: T2B
RALP Performed: 5/29/07
Partial nerve sparing one side, full on other
Prostate not enlarged, margins visually look good
Hospital stay: about 24 hours


Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 6/9/2007 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey J,
Sorry your not one of the lucky "instantly dry" ones! But welcome to the "average" club! Don't get discouraged - things will continue to improve! You're a step ahead of me anyway. No matter how much I tried to kegel when I stood up, "Old Faithful" erupted anyway. I was also told the catheter removal would be painless. It really wasn't all that bad, it just felt as though it was attached to my ankles that's all!
Keep resting and keep healing well!
Best,
Mike
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical
October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist
November 2005 - Biopsy negative
July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical
October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1
November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive
December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear.
February 2007 - Three to four pads a day, no erection with viagara.
March 2007 - Down to two pads a day, had first intercourse with Erecaid pump and bands, otherwise still flat tire.
April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02 and a great relief! Down to one pad a day. Still unable to achive erection without pump.
May, 2007 - Still one pad a day, even try a smaller pad on occasion. Slight improvement on the ED.
"If patience is a virtue, I feel like the most virtuous guy on the planet!"

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