I'll get my words together.
One thing I'd also like to share with folks about
to go into surgery is my experience post-surgery. Dealing with my catheter, elevating the head of my bed so it drained properly, my problems with clotting in the catheter (had to visit the emergency room the first night after getting out of my prostate surgery for an "irrigation"), holding the bag for proper drainage, etc. What helped me get a good night's sleep with that darn tube. My angel helped by buying me a roll of white cotton towels (like shop towels) that I used for leakage when I shifted positions. More on this later, if anyone is interested..
Wish I knew then what I learned the hard way. I got pretty good at dealing with the catheter, then they yanked it out. Hopefully my experiences in that regard can prepare others.
Age: 57 (49 when diagnosed)
PSA 100+ 3/1999
Bone Scan and CT negative 4/1999
Radical prostatectomy and bladder neck removed 04/19/1999
HT - 05/1999 (Lupron every 3 months for 9 months)
RT - 16/1995
PSA 0.0-0.2 until 2001
Casodex 150mg 2001 until 2006
Casodex 100mg 2006-present
PSA 0.4-0.6 2001-2007