Hi Rick: Been there done that too. about
four weeks out of surgery I had some unexpected bleeding. I called the City of Hope nurse triage center and they said "It is not normal, but not unusual. Drink lots of water." So I'm drinking water like crazy and peeing what looks like cherry Kool-Aid for a couple of hours -- redder pee than I had ever passed before. So I drank some more water and laid down for a while and then got the feeling that I really had to go, but when I got to the toilet, I felt blocked and unable to pee. Next, was the "LOVELY" experience of blasting out about
five huge clots -- some of them missed the bowl and hit the bathroom floor - one was the size of dime! This was immediately followed by clear urine and my urine has been clear ever since (four months now).
That was probably the worst post-op experience I had.
Of course, being the macho man I am, I handled it all very calmly. I ran around the house like a maniac; popped 20 mgs of Valium; got my surgeon on the phone twice; had my wife scared to death, etc.
WHAT A GUY!
Seriously, I think it has something to do with those catheters. Whether they are in for 20 minutes or two weeks, they shouldn't be pulled out until the trauma to the urethra is resolved.
Hang in there, my man. Healing is different for everyone.
54 years old
PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1
Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6
Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007
Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.
First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07
Post Edited (PianoMan) : 6/20/2007 5:20:08 PM (GMT-6)