Mar 17, 2002 - 9:34 pm
I had a radical prostectomy on February on February 12, 2002. This was performed after 2 years of biopsy's. It stated when years ago, I would hold my urine at night (too lazy to get out of bed) When I finally did get up to urinate I would have a very slow stream that would take forever to empty my bladder. I consulted my family doctor and he stated that I was stretching my urethea tube, because after I finished going this first time in the morning I was fine the rest of the day. I was 49 years old at this time. I took it upon myself to see a urologist. He gave me a digital exam and told me to come back in a year. (I was the healthiest person in his office) I returned to my family doctor and asked him to refer me to a urologist that he recommended. At this time my PSA was 4.9. After going to the new urologist he examined me and after taking a new PSA that was now 5.2 he ordered a ultra sound biopsy. He took 12 samples from around different areas of the prostate. The results showed "Prostatitis" I was given an antibiotic and told to return in 3 months.Three months later my PSA was was 5.7 and so it went for two years. I had biopsy's at 6 months, 3 months, intervals. Also my PSA were climbing to 7.6 As the time went on I had started to develop "A Typical Cells" later followed by High Grade "PIN". On 9/11/01 (The day the world stood still) I was diagnosed with pre- cancerious cells) On December 6th, 2001 I had my last biopsy. On December 10th, 2001 I was notified I had "Prostae Cancer". After a Bone Scan, X-Rays, MRI of the Prostate,a Cystostomy. I had a consultation with a Radiation Oncology. All indications were that the cancer was at this time confined to the prostate. I am 51 years old, and the recomendation of Oncology and the Urologist was "Radical Prostectomy". I had the surgery on February 12, 2002. I came home with a catheter and staples on Febryary 15th. The Staples were removed on February 22nd. The catheter was removed on March 4th. I am currently incontinent. I was fortunate that I have no leaking of urine at night, and for the most part when I am sitting. Standing and walking is no picnic. I feel that right now, when I stand I am able to hold back some urine, if the bathroom is not too far. The further the bathroom the least likely I am to have any urine left by the time I get there. Today is March 17th. I am planning to return to work on Tuesday, March 19th. I have a desk job for the most part so I feel that I can do the same there as I am at home. I will keep you posted as to my progress.