|Me early this morning for my surgery at the outpatient center|
Okay folks, let's see how much of this I can get through.
I had my brachytherapy prostate surgery this morning. My surgery was scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Of course Bill and I were early risers, about 3:30 a.m. We arrived at the surgery center about 6:45 a.m. They took me right away.
|Beyond this door - surgery (you can tell I was nervous when taking this iPhone photo, hands were shaking)|
First of all I cannot praise the folks at the cancer surgery center enough. They were friendly, welcoming, efficient and professional. Couldn't be better. But of course why I am there is for a very invasive procedure with the possibility of numerous, undesirable side effects.
|My short wait in the waiting room of the surgery center before the process started - sorry I'm not smiling, not a happy time|
I won't go through the step by step procedure at this time (perhaps at a later posting) but I will say that I was given enough anesthesia that I don't even remember going out. In fact, I don't even remember going through any of the humiliating procedures that led up to today's surgery. Of course I did wake up with my first ever catheter which was very uncomfortable (I expected that). You feel like you have to pee all the time. They didn't keep it in too long. When they took it out......WHEE! Wow, I don't want to experience that feeling ever again in my lifetime. Thank goodness it only lasted less than a second.
|My "bed" for the next few hours (after I took off all my clothes which is what the "Patient Belongings baggie is for - "strip down Ron" - something that I am NOT unfamiliar with but usually not under these circumstances)|
Bill was with me most of the time, except for the surgery itself. That was a big plus. I am so glad the medical establishment recognizes the need for those undergoing surgery to have their loved one near them (including gay loved ones) during a scary time like this.
We didn't get out of there until a little before noon. I was groggy. In fact they wheeled me out in a wheelchair. No pictures of that. In fact, I only asked Bill to take a few pictures. I really wasn't in the mood for picture taking but did take a few to give you all an idea of what it was like this morning.
|After the surgery - I wasn't in pain here but very uncomfortable with the catheter in - I felt like I had to pee real bad which I did - blood clots and all - this is the last photo - I wasn't in the mood for any more photos|
So we left the cancer center. I was armed with four prescriptions. I usually get my prescriptions though the VA but my urologist told me these didn't cost that much and just to get them at my local pharmacy. Well, that turned out to be wrong. One of them cost $177.99 which I didn't get. It was Roboflo which "relaxes" the prostate. And them to top it off the pharmacy didn't even have it in stock and was going to order it due in my Monday. That's too late for me, I need it now. I told them that. In fact, I guess my doctor could of ordered Roboflo or a generic equivalent from the VA before today but I digress.
The other prescriptions were for Advil (inflammation), Cipro (antibiotic) and Oxycodone (pain). I don't like to take Oxycodone because it makes me nauseas and constipated.
So here I am about twelve hours after my surgery. I do have a problem. I'm going to get graphic so if there are children in the room, please ask them to leave. Ready?
When I pee (urinate) it feels like razor blades. Man it hurts! I have a fairly high pain threshold but this hurts like a (pardon the expression) MF.
Here is the second problem, I have a discoloration which looks like bruising below the head of my penis. I'm wondering if this is a normal side effect of catheterization or has something to do with the painful burning during urination. It looks like burns. I hate to think it but it looks like radiation burns, whatever THAT looks like.
Of course by the time I got back from the pharmacy the outpatient cancer center was closed as well as my urologist's office. I'll call tomorrow.
I am concerned because I went on a website for prostate brachytherapy surgery for side effects and the "burning, razor blade urination" is experienced by quite a few men who undergo this surgery. Some for days, some for weeks, and some for months! God, I hope that's not me. I've always had good urination. Now I'm dreading it.
I envy those few who said they had no side effects after their brachytherapy. At least one side effect I don't have is the soreness in my scrotum where my doctors stuck all those needles to implant the radioactive seeds. I've read quite a few comments from others who underwent this procedure that they have pain. I am very thankful that it appears that I will miss this side effect.
Today was an absolutely beautiful day. I wanted to work outside but my post-operative instructions instruct me to "not exert a great deal of physical activity." I can do that. In fact I'm very good at that. Also, the post-operative instructions advise me not to drive for two days. I can understand that because I am still groggy. That was some kind of anesthesia they put my under, I still feel the effects. Sort of like a two martini high.
Now, if you'll excuse me I have to take a pee.