I'm right between 3 and 4 weeks post surgery. A couple of observations:
1. In retrospect I think my "drier" days post-surgery were due to not drinking enough fluids. With an increased emphasis on drinking more, I find I'm leaking more. At the time I didn't know this and had an unrealistic assessment of how my continence was coming along.
2. At 23 days post surgery I seemed to turn a corner, energy-wise. Energy was higher and more sustained all day and into the evening and I didn't need to nap on day 23 or 24. Not that there's anything wrong with it. (going to nap today though)
3. I think at 3+ weeks after surgery we've all experienced some good days and some better days. Those better days give us hope and make us wonder if we've turned some kind of a corner, continence-wise. Then, as we(I) get more active because we're feeling better, we might tend to overdo just a little bit. So we experience a setback and wonder what happened. Why me Lord? This is where the disappointment and wondering show up.
4. As I near the end of my short term disability I can't help but look forward with a mixture of curiosity and apprehension at my upcoming return to work. Yeah, it will be great to have my mind occupied again and be busy earning a living. But now I also worry "what if I'm one of those guys who doesn't dry up until 10 weeks? Or 6 months?" Stressful.
5. Today when I contemplate my increased leaking I am only too aware of how many times I've read questions on this topic and all the excellent counsel from this board. I think "There's nothing new about what's going on with me here. Walking and kegels, walking and kegels. That's what I've got to do."
PSA 3.76, Gleason 6, T1c, scans negative
psa doubling time 35 months
Da vinci robotic surgery May 31, 2007,
Clear margins, clean pathology report
Catheter out at 4 days.
Dribbling like a basketball star
At 10 days out, dry all night, most of the morning.
Walking 2-5 miles per day.
Down to about 4 pads/ day.