Posted 9/17/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -7)
Okay. Wednesday I have my final session w/biofeedback tech. The first session was with a sub since my assigned one was out sick. Week # 2 my assigned one took over & I've had two sessions with her. Both were very, very positive about my outcome as was a Uro who looked up inside me with the systo. Said the Uro, "Your muscle looks good." I supposed he was speaking of my remaining sphincter. Said tech # 1, "You are a good candidate to being dry when we finish with you." Said tech # 2: "You have made excellent progress. You will be dry by the time we finish with you."
I have one more session and I'm not dry... yet. So I am asking myself (and I shall ask the tech on my last visit) "What is continence for one who has had an open prostatectomy?" I will ask you who will give me a little time the same question. I know your answers will most likely be, "When you stop dribbling." I know some of you have spoken about being dry and some about being completly dry, even some have been dry from the time cath was removed. But is that really a good practical answer and definition for dryness for someone like me who is now at seven months post surgery and still dribbling?
Tech # 1 wanted me to hold everything and pee only every one and a half hours. Somehow I could not make her understand that the only way I can hold everything is by sitting for that long, getting up, squeezing until I get to the potty, and then peeing.
Tech # 2 has said go pee from one to two hours.
Can someone like me, who has worked the Kegals and continues to drip during activity really expect continence? Or should one like me be happy with getting up from the seated position, squeezing, peeing, and forgetting it until I can sit and retain again? What I have heard and read is that between 3-6 months, continence will return. It has not for me (and others). Should I just forget it after these sessions and should I expect that it will happen if I keep kegaling? How long must I keep keagling?
Ok. It's gotten too long.
I'm not really depressed about my situation... or at least I don't think I am. I'm willing to go on in life and function. I just don't know when I should stop all this keagling, padding, etc. and just put the clamp back on and forget it. What do y'all think? Is there potential for dry underwear in my future?
First biopsy 07/05;
Diagnosed: "Suspicious looking cells". Dr. says wait and watch.
Second biopsy: 12/27/06
Diagnosed cancer: 01/24/07
Gleason Grade: 3+3=6
Radical Open Nerve-sparing Prostatetomy: 02-14-07
Cancer confined to prostate
Pathology Stage of cancer: T2c
First Post-Op PSA on 04-18-07: 0.011
Bleeding problem at 6 weeks post surgery...No resolution despite several trips to surgeon, antibiotic treatment.
05/31/07: Cystoscope reveals "stone", due to "Stricture" (narrowing of uretha at prostate removal site).
06/12/07: Procedure to remove stone & dilate uretha at stricture: Successful procedure, but is most likely a temporary fix, and incontinence continues.
8/16/07: Start bleeding again in urine. Get to see a new urologist same day. He thinks stricture is back, but send home with Cipro.
8/20/07: Go back to dr. for cystoscope. "No sign of stricture"! Wonderful news!
8/31/07: Back to new urologist for regular check up & received 2nd post-op Psa. It was 0.05 (non-deteactable). PTL!
8/31/07: First Bio Feedback session. The little lady is very positive that I can gain control. That's what I want more than her. New urologist is not very sold on effectiveness of Kegals???