6th day post surgery

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   Posted 12/4/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I promise I won't bore everyone each day about the minutae regarding my recovery.  However, I wanted, in the event there are others who are feeling like me, to benefit as I did from the advice of this forum.
Today was definitely better than Day 5.  I walked 40 minutes today (in 10 minute intervals) and have consistently drank water all day.  This morning I started out feeling as I did Day 4 & 5, crappy feeling, headache, etc.  I forced myself to be active, take in fluids and gradually I began to feel better.  My appetite is maybe slightly better.  Someone mentioned Ensure so I think I'll try some of that to supplement.
I fully expect to feel crappy tomorrow morning but now have confidence that I can fight my way through it. 
Thanks all for the advice.
P.S.  Kudos to the fellow(s) that was walking 1-2 hours a day with a leg bag.  From my perspective right now that seems like an Olympic feat.
Diagnosed 9/07
Gleason 6  3+3
First PSA 4.1
2nd PSA 3.6
stage T1C
age 46
daVinci performed 11/28/07
@ Univ of Ala Bham (UAB)

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 22
   Posted 12/4/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Today was Day 5 for me, and it was definitely better than yesterday. I didn't have very much energy at all yesterday, but I did try to be as active as I could. I think that you and I probably walked about the same amount today. I did my walking in 10 minute intervals as you did. I am confident that we will both find ourselves being able to walk further each day.

You posted that your wife had to go back to work. That really made me think, since I know how much I am still depending on my wife. Be real careful that you don't try to do more than you should while your wife is away.

I am glad to hear that you are doing better. I wish you a speedy recovery.

Age 58
10/06 - 1st PSA ever - 4.6
11/06 - PSA retake - 5.3
12/06 - Biopsy, 12 cores - negative
7/07 - PSA - 9.0
7/07 - PSA 13.8 (after 10 days antibiotics)
8/07 - Biopsy, 12 cores, 1 positive @1%; Gleason 3+3=6
9/17/07 - Bone scan - negative
9/18/07 - CT scan - negative
10/12/07 - John Hopkins recheck of biopsy slides Gleason 3+3=6
Da Vinci surgery scheduled for 11/29/07

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 12/4/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello RTR & triker,

Hang in there you guys. Improvement seems slow, but within a week or so you'll be amazed how well you feel. The important thing is use common sense; don't try to do too much; I'm the Poster Kid for excessive exercise, and it cost me big time.

Do Not Attempt to lift anything heavier than a 1/2 gal of milk for the first 5 months. Don't be a hero get someone else to pick-up and carry heavy objects.

So good luck to you both, and have a speedy uneventful recovery.



Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. margins
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
Last PSA 08/26/07 @ 18 months "0"

Tim G
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   Posted 12/6/2007 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
You're making good progress. Easy does it.  Each person's recovery is a little different.  Slow and steady, one day at a time, is what helped most of us recover from our surgeries.  Take care and hang in there...Tim
Age 59 PSA 2.6 (Quadrupled in one year) Gleason 5
Bilateral nerve-sparing RRP 6/21/06
Cancer confined to prostate, post-op PSA's non-detectable

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 12/6/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Hang in there, guys. I measured my progress in weeks, not days, and it was amazing how much better I felt from week to week. Both of you seem well on your way to recovery.

Age: 49
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
PSA: 3.0
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve core samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
DaVinci Surgery: May 21, 2007 at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida. Surgery took one hour and 45 minutes. According to my surgeon, everything went textbook and the prostate peeled away nicely.
Post-op Pathology Report: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes.
Continence: Out of the pads at five weeks. Still have some very minor stress incontinence at times but it's not an issue. Still Kegel every day and will continue to do so.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
1st Post-op PSA: <0.1 2nd Post-op PSA: <0.1
Family history: My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had a <0.1 PSA for the past 10 years. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.

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