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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/23/2007 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sick of catheter and the changing of the bags. Once you're set up with either bag life's not to bad. But, switching from the leg bag from the bedside bag is not a thing of beauty. My wife and I look like a team of surgeons trying to save a dying patient. (She has not asked for a divorce yet but I'm sure it's crossed her mind).

One more day and I have the bladder x-ray and will see the Dr. later that afternoon. If all goes well, the dreaded catheter is gone from my life and I start the next challenge. I'm ready. I also will get my biopsy report at the same time.

My soreness has lessened each day and I was able to put on my own socks and shoes before taking a short walk. I overdid it and walked too far on 2 different occasions and saw blood in my urine upon returning from the extended walks. It cleared relatively quickly once I sat down and rested. I have reduced the number of laps so as not to damage anything. I feel okay, but I am using pain pills and ambien to get a good nights sleep because I am forced to lay in one position (on my back) which is not my normal sleeping habit.

I will post as soon as I get results tommorrow.

Thanks for all the support and please keep me in your prayers.


James C.
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   Posted 10/23/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a good, normal recovery so far.  Hope things go well with getting the catheter out, and the path report.  
James C.

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   Posted 10/23/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Laswell & mama Laswell,

You've done well ~ keep up the good recovery. And the healing takes time so make sure you give yourself the right amount of time!! We changed the bag twice to the leg bag.. and if we knew what we know now.... we wouldn't have changed it. A nice carry bag would have worked fine for us!! Thanks for being good to Mr. Hang. He's had a very important job to do... I think he's probably ready to be gone too!!!

We agree with the meds for getting a good night sleep. It's important! You've listened to your body... continue to do so!!!!

Our thoughts will be with you tomorrow and we will look for your update...
In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina


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April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 176
   Posted 10/23/2007 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck laswell. You sound like you are doing fine. The blood in the urine after walking is perfectly normal and doesn't mean you over did it. My doc encouraged the exercise and said that the blood was not a sign of injuring anything, but rather some of the residual stuff from surgery flushing out. He said it was a good thing.

Keep healing and keeping us posted.
42 yo.
PSA 4.65
Gleason scores from 4 pathologies of the same biopsy with 2 of 12 cores positive for cancer (if this isn't confusing to the patient...):
1) both cores 3+4 (Weiss Memorial)
2) one 3+4 and one 3+3 (Univ. of Chicago Hosp.)
3) both cores 3+3 (Mass General Hosp.)
4) both cores 3+4 (Northwestern Memorial Hosp.)
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.
and the winner op Gleason score of 3+4.
Good pathology report with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  Amazing how something so small can cause such problems!
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 10/23/2007 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Laswell,

Good for you. Just remember to take it easy and let your body heal well...

Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 10/17/07 0.00. 
T level on 4/2/07 - 48     On 7/16/07 - 613
Started Tri-Mix on 8/7/07.  .02 ml and 50 mg Viagra.  It works!!!
Next PSA and T tests on 1/15/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/24/2007 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lazwell,
'Great news on your progress and keep up the good work!  You will definately love having that cath out of there!  Like others have said, take it easy on your path to "HealingWell!"
Kind regards,

"Idaho" ~ Barry


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA 0.04 (undetectable) 9/11/2007

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 10/24/2007 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 3 weeks post surgery, which started out to be robotic but became open surgery.  I never used the leg bag at all as the bag seemed to fill so fast that the few times I left home I just put the large bag in a shopping bag and carried it in front of me.  Few people pay much attention to you and I don't think that anyone even noticed the tube coming out of the bottom of my baggy shorts.  Fortunately it was still warm here at the time.  I'm not sure what you could wear in cooler temperatures.  One suggestion-when the tube was removed I had no leakage at all for a couple of hours and thought that I was fine.  I even stopped by my office for a brief visit, which is just across the street from the hospital.  Man, was I lucky that I didn't leave a puddle in the middle of my office because I discovered after reaching home that I was totally incontinent.  When you go to have the tube removed take at least a large pad with you.  My doctor placed a tiny pad over me which would not have absorbed anything.  I just made it home with no problem by luck.  Hopefully you will be one of the folks that have few problems with incontinence, but you will want to be prepared until you know for sure.

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 10/24/2007 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 5 weeks post robotic surgery and I don't miss that bag at all. I had my catherter out at 13 days and basicly just left the overnight bag on. We tried one outing with the leg bag and it went fine but the bottom felt uncomfortable. When we went for walks, I just put my sweatpants on over the over night bag. We live in the Northwest and the climate is cooler this time of year. But do take a heavy duty pad with you when you get the tube out just to be on the safe side. I needed pads for the first 2 1/2 weeks after tube and I am now pad free. It is nice to be to be able to do our guy thing normaly at the urinals again. Every day things will get better for you.

Robotic Surgery: 9/18/2007
PSA: 4.7
Gleason: 3+3=6
Margins: negative
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