Posted 10/6/2007 6:09 PM (GMT -6)
The catheter was removed yesterday morning. I stayed dry all day, but early evening I dripped slightly when I forgot to clamp down when standing up. Nothing serious, though. I was careful to limit my liquid intake yesterday and last evening. During last nights sleep, I was woken every hour with a slightly painful twing to let me know I needed to go to the bathroom. This went on from 1130 to 330am, then slowly dropped back to 1 1/2 hrs between for the rest of the night. Each trip to the bathroom early in the night yielded about 2 oz. urine. Later on, it was less, but still giving the urge signal. I only dripped a small amount all night, and it was when I ignored the signal for a couple minutes and it finally seeped a little.
Today, I have been again cutting back on my intake, but am still peeing about the same amount for the same time interval. I am having no leaking problems, am able to cough, sneeze and pass gas, even with a held back bladder. This afternoon, I managed to make myself wait for 2 1/2 hrs. but gave in due to fear of tearing something, as it was really becoming uncomfortable to hold it any longer. I can pee a good forceful stream, with the little urine I have each time, and I feel sure that I am emptying the bladder each time. I can stand the loss of sleep if this is a process of healing, but still wonder if there's something going on with my going so frequently. I admit I forgot to ask Doc about these questions below.
My questions are all related to anyones actual same or similar condition/experience:
1. Has anyone else had anything near this experience as far as hourly urges and small urine output?
2. Is it a mistake to restrict liquids now, to reduce pressure on the system and allow further healing or should I increase the intake level?
3. If the level is increased, what's the chances of injury to the stitches-anyone heard of any data on that?
Thanks loads for your experiences shared.
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"
10/5/07 - Catheter out, no leaks, good control, so far, so good- end of first day
1st PSA scheduled 11/15/07