Another milestone passed. 10 days past surgery and the catheter is out. Just a wierd tickling, slight painful sensation during removal. First thing out was a few drops of light blood tinged urine. We waited for a couple minutes, (picture 3 adults sitting staring at one poor pitiful penis, talk about performance anxiety lol) no drops, no leaks. On went the pad, the too tight underwear and some normal non-sleepwear clothes. Ah, the feeling to be dressed regularly again. A short ride home, less than 15 minutes, and still no leak. I was standing there and tried to make the pee function that I knew, and felt a little 'maybe leak', so decided to go ahead and try. I pee'd maybe 3 ounces, it stung a little-similar how to a slight bladder infection feels- and I was able to close it off just fine. I did have a little dribble at the end to completely empty, but was able to close it back down easily. We decided to go grocery shopping, so I noticed the time and went 1 hr. and 20 minutes before I felt any sense of an urge to pee. In the bathroom, again no leaks or drips, a good stream,a little stinging, and a little amount of dribbling to complete the bladder emptying. Home for lunch, had a 20 oz. water, and it's been 2 1/2 hrs, and am just now getting the urge to pee again. I see this is gonna be a learning experience, adjusting to the new signals and sensations, but so far , so good. I'll feel better about it if it holds for a full week, though. I noticed immediately after the removal that I automatically tightened up, an unconscious effort. I would describe it as similar to when you suck in your gut, but lower and more rearward. It does feel a little strange to have the 'sucked in gut' feeling all the time, but that's something I can live with... I gotta figure out just what some of these new feeling mean in relation to my continence.
On another note, Doc said the 'probable microscopic margin' description was the best example of hedging and covering all bases that he had seen in a long time. lol He said he would let the PSA' determine whether we need to be concerned, to just enjoy things now that I was recovering so well.
I've got up to 2 miles a day walking, although it still tires me out, so I walk, then come home to the vibrating and heat recliner for a half hr. or so, it does feel good to be active again. I hope to add a mile or so each week until I get back to normal, by then I will be able to get back to the gym and a normal routine, hopefully.
First PSA Nov. 15. (6 weeks)
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4/19/07 PSA 7.6 , referred to Urologist
4/26/07 Urologist prescribes 3 weeks of antibiotics/anti-inflam. due to past history of Prostatis. DRE- nothing detected but 'gross enlargement"
6/5/07 Recheck of PSA: 6.7, biopsy scheduled.
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, ultrasound size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Pathlogy report: 3 of 16 cancerous/ 5% involved, left lobe top, center, bottom, Gleason 3/3:6.
8/3/07 Decision made for conventional RP surgery, scheduled for Sept. 24.
9/24/07 Conventional Radical Retropubic surgery performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: Gleason unchanged 3+3=6 Staging pT2c,
Prostate 110 gms, 2.2"x2.2"x1.75"