Good Morning Gene,
Five months have gone by fast! I hope the new job is going well and that you like your new physician. I also hope your physician is prescribing bio-feedback therapy for your incontinence battle. It worked for me.
As to your question concerning the pump, I offer a couple of thoughts from both experience and what the company that sold me a pump told me:
* You just started using the pump after five months and the muscle tissues have atropied somewhat. My experience after not starting the pump for 3 months after surgery (insurance took forever to refuse.....) suggests you start off slow.
*I would recommend that you use the pump without sex for awhile, inflating the penis for ten seconds, then deflating it for ten seconds for 3 or four minutes - once or twice a day. Do this without the ring until you can maintain an erection in the pump without discomfort. Your muscles need exercise to rebuild.
*Then move on to the ring. I would then procede with manually producing orgasms with the ring on until you can do this regularly without discomfort - before moving on to actual penetration. Your nerves & muscles will regenerate. It will take time.
* Concerning incontinence and the pump: I began using the pump when I was still fighting incontinence. I kept a small piece of a pad near the top of the pump to catch any drips. Liquid can cause problems with the gaskets in the pump.
As you know, I'm also beginning month 6. At work, I continue to get physically stronger every day. Even with a lot of lifting, I have been padless for just over a month now. E.D. is my challenge now. One very big advantage of being a bachelor is no pressure to perform. Still, I try to be aggressive in this therapy and use the pump and (alldaychemistdotcom) seldenifil 3 or four times a week to encourage tissue and nerve regeneration.
I think someone here best described my progress so far: a "soft-on."
I offer a little story about marriage & post-prostatectomy erectile disfunction:
I have a friend that plays the double bass (the stand-up bass) in an orchestra.
One day, he lost his bow and so now he just strums the bass in a New Orleans Jazz Ensemble. His bass doesn't mind so much. The music is still great, it just likes the attention and it is glad the musician didn't get lost, too....