For those of you not familiar with our story, I'll give a quick update and then I have a few questions. Larry had robotic surgery on July 9. Surgery went all right but the afternoon following surgery, his body decided it did not like all that was going on. He had what is called an "ileus" which means bowels/colon stopped working, etc. He had never had any major surgery before. To make a long story short, he was in the hospital until July 18. While in the hospital, they gave him Heparin shots every 12 hours and used the stockings somewhat. There were a few days when he was so sick he just could not tolerate the stockings most of the day/night. We were home three days and back to ER/hospital with blood clot in leg. Stayed in the hospital for six days taking Novenox shots and Coumadin. Had his first PT/INR (since leaving the hospital) on Monday (July 30) and level is at 3. Next blood testing on Monday, August 6.
He had the catheter removed this past Tuesday (been in for three weeks). We feel as though we are finally making some steps forward. However, when he gets up from sitting, he has no control of bladder. He knows he has to go and is fine as long as he is standing, but he just can't get up without going. I've been reading where control takes a while. I'm just wondering if anyone has had the catheter in this long and if control results took longer, etc. He is hesitate about going out among people. He has started doing the Kegels and is walking some. He still has some pain issues with leg so our walking has to be somewhat limited. We are walking a little more/farther each day.
We go back to Urologist on Tuesday and to PCP on Wednesday. The PCP is monitoring the Coumadin but has been on vacation this week (his associate monitored Coumadin this week).
Thanks again to all who have been praying. We still have a ways to go, but I know HE is faithful.
Robotic Surgery on 7/9/07
58 years old (as of 7/26/07)
Margins clear :)