Thanks to all of you for your good wishes, prayers and thoughts for me.
I am in a pretty good frame of mind with this being my sixth day after RP surgery. The toughest part is behind me, namely making the decision for my type of treatment. I cannot emphasize enough how much of a role this forum played in helping reach that decision and finding the fortitude to go through with it. Bluebird and Doug were especially pillars of strength for me.
On my first night home, as I selected my pajama bottoms to wear, a huge smile came over me. I never could figure out why bluebird mentioned in their journey cutting pajamas from the waist to the thigh. As soon as selected the short bottoms, I realized the path for the catheter tube was the reason. Diane made the cuts the next day so that I could wear the long legged pj’s which I prefer.
My daily activities have been going ok. I finally started regular bm’s without milk of magnesia yesterday – those 15 minute walks do wonders. My biggest concern is leaking where the catheter tube comes out of my penis. Strangely, this only occurs when I empty the bag or am seated doing a bm. I figure that the leaking when I am emptying my bag is because everything is closed from the bag to the other end of the catheter; there is no air coming into the bag as the urine empties out. I have tried emptying smaller amounts then waiting one minute and continuing until the bag is not all the way empty. This has helped a lot.
I was discharged Sunday, and my days have been walking, resting, eating and working at my computer. After the good results of walking on Wednesday and Thursday I realized that I spent too much time at the computer on Monday and Tuesday. Of course that is the most enjoyable; it is simply taking too much time away from the walking and rest where the benefits are. From now on, I am trying to limit computer time to 30 minutes sandwiched between a walk and rest or two walks.
Please excuse the lengthy post. It is good to have come this far, and I truly can’t thank all of you enough.