Sunday, May 05, 2013

Getting Better (I Guess)



Here we are Day Three after my prostate brachytherapy surgery.  So how am I doing?  For one thing, the razor blade pees have decreased significantly.  Oh, it still hurts like hell when I urinate but not the cross-eyed, excruciating pain of the first and second day.  I still have the burning sensation and occasionally a touch of the razor blades but at least I can pee now without bracing myself on the wall.

Now I have a new situation, I have to "go" at least six times or seven times a night.  Prior to my surgery I could usually get through the night without getting up once to go to the bathroom.  Now I absolutely have to get up, it's not even my choice.  I HAVE TO GO.  This should be interesting when I go back to work tomorrow.  

I was told not to exert myself for at least two days after my surgery.  I didn't have too much trouble managing not to exert myself.  However, now I am restless and want to do more physical activity.  But I do have a live in nag (Bill).  This morning I was raking grass in the cold breeze. Spring hasn't arrived here in Slower Lower, we're still in the high 40's and windy.  I was only out a short while when The Nag came out and got on my case.  "You just had surgery!  You should be taking it easy!"  So, rather than get into a big argument with "Mother", I put my rake away and came in and laid down to read a book.  As I drifted off to sleep I heard the garage door slam.  That's Bill.  In and out of that garage all day.  The door to the garage is opposite the door to my bedroom.  

So here I am at my computer, updating my blog with my current situation.  I would like to finish raking but I don't feel like contending with Mother.  It's not all roses and butterflies living with someone else folks.  I know he means well but.........

Time for another pee.

15 comments:

  1. I am very, very glad that things seem to be improving. And mother is simply looking out for your best interests. Taking it easy is not a bad thing at 71! But I share your restlessness sometimes. I think the docs would be OK with you doing some light raking, but you'll have to get a signed note to get it by Bill!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Just did a little light raking Jay. Enough to get the blood moving. Didn't overdue it.

      Ron

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  2. Not only does Bill mean well, he's also right. Surgery involves trauma one is not even awake for but you still need to recuperate. One needs to take breaks even if it doesn't feel necessary.

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    1. Geo.,

      You're right, I know Bill is right. I am just restless. I did a little raking. I didn't over due it. Besides, it's just too windy and cold to rake anymore today. We're having a relentless wind here on coastal Delaware. It gets old.

      Ron

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  3. Take it easy as best you can
    Doctor's orders.
    But, I'm glad you're feeling a little better!

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  4. mother knows best, dear.

    besides, 3 days after surgery and you wanna run a marathon and pee less frequently? no can do, silly! your body has to get rid of the chemicals, recover from trauma, and adjust to the seeds. so whilst THAT is going on, scan photos, go for a walk, do blog posts, cook, read, nap, visit the neighbors, etc.

    see, I can be just as bad as mother! ;-)

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    1. Anne Marie,

      You're right! I should just take it easy. Lots of trauma to the old bod this past week. In fact I just found some pictures on Bill's iPhone that I didn't know he took. I just passed another seed too. Lovely.

      Ron

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    2. are you supposed to pass the seeds? just curious. you have not mentioned this fact in any other blog post.

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    3. How large are these seeds? I’m surprised to hear you passed one, did they tell you that might happen? I wonder now about the accuracy of their placement since this one wound up in your urethra (which passes through the center of your prostate) instead of in a more appropriate place in your prostate. I wonder also what effect this highly radioactive passed seed might have on the public sewer system, if you are on one.

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  5. Hee hee!
    I'm sure the cat helps.
    Hang tight Ron!

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    1. Java,

      That's my Mom's cat Molly. Poor thing, she's gone now as is my Mom. That's my platform bed though, I got it back. Very comfortable.

      Ron

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  6. Listen to Bill, and that's an order! I'm also not too sure about your returning to work so soon, and being on your feet a lot, with the constant need to pee. Now I know that the handicapped unisex bathroom is just next to the reception desk, but it can be just too stressful for a quick return to work. Your great boss and co-workers understand. You can take a week off from work.

    David

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    1. David,

      Of course you're right. I'll give tomorrow night a try and see how that works. I'm scheduled to work three nights this week. During the week isn't bad, it's the weekends in season that are a bear.

      Thanks for the good advice.

      Ron

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  7. I am glad you feel better
    When it is my turn, I get mine removed rather.

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      I am improving except that I've been getting up at least half a dozen times at night to pee. I hope that doesn't last too long. At least the razor blades/barbed wire pees have decreased. Occasionally I still get an "ouch!" pee but not constant like it was before. I am thankful though that I don't have incontinence which I hear is sometimes a side effect of having your prostate removed. Also, there is nothing wrong with my erections (also another side effect of prostate removal). In fact it seems as if I have a half a hard on all day now. I don't know what that is all about. Maybe it's because my prostate gland is still traumatized from all those seed implants. The "arousal" factor is something I haven't written about in my blog postings (TMI) but something that I think you would be interested in knowing. I haven't "had sex" (something that isn't done in this household) either. I did receive instruction "no sex for two weeks." I guess that included masturbation which I will hold off on for two weeks. Then I'll try. I hope I don't shoot out anymore seeds. I've already passed two seeds through urination. I don't know if that is good or bad. I get the feeling that passing a few seeds is normal. God, I just wonder what is going on "down there." I am sore all over and the head of my penis is still different shades of purple hues, probably from the catheterization. This procedure is definitely not a picnic. Today I go to work (as well as tomorrow night and Thursday). I've been fatigued. I'll see how that holds out.

      By the way, my friend Larry says there is a new report out on PSA and prostate cancer that recommends doing nothing because it says all the studies say that the incidence of prostate cancer deaths has not been decreased even with all the procedures. So I guess that is something to consider if you do get a high PSA score. I don't know if I told you but just last week a doctor was in the hotel looking to reserve a meeting room for her father's 50th wedding anniversary. She happened to mention that he had prostate cancer and that they wanted to celebrate his wedding anniversary while he was still here. I told her I had prostate cancer. She asked me how I knew. I told her because of my high PSA score and the biopsy. She said her father's PSA was never high. She said he didn't know he had it until it spread to his bones. So just another example where the PSA score isn't always a reliable indicator of having prostate cancer.

      Ron

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