It's just been a little ove a week that I began crying like a.. a.. 5 yr. old. I felt so hopeless and I knew in my mind I had Hope in the Lord. I felt I had lost the battle with incontinence (bio-feedback didn't work immediately) which meant a loss of any future hope of intimacy with my wife.
Then I opened your post and read and was renewed to hope again. That night I decided that even if I never became continent again, I was not dead. One of the outcomes was a determination to become intimate with my wife again via the injections. I did that and even though I encountered a bump that brought more fear, I am going forward. You helped me. Now I hope we can all encourage you. Like Mama Bluebird said, apply your post to Walt now. And know some fellow believers are praying for you tonight.
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! Still leaking.
8/31/07: Back to new urologist for regular check up & received 2nd post-op Psa. It was 0.05 (non-deteactable). PTL! But still leaking
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???
9/19/07: Finished 4 Bio Feedback sessions. No imporovement with leaking. Recommended possible callegen implant. She noticed from 8/20 cysto that my sphincter was ... too short?... huh?