Jun 20, 2004 - 11:21 pm
First of all, thanks Roger and Joe for replying to my first message. I appreciate your encouragement and advice.
Just a quick update. It will be two weeks this Wednesday since his RP. The pathology reports came back excellent! No cancer in the lymph nodes and it was contained with no cancer around the edges of the prostate. This means no radiation follow-up. My husband is estatic. I am just wondering though - do people ever elect to have radiation follow-up just for peace of mind?
Also, the catheter and staples come out this week. Another milestone in this new experience. I have to say it has been a lot more uncomfortable then it seemed at first. Everyday he has had bladder spasms that have been quite painful. Thank God - they are temporary. They never last long and we have been told as soon as he gets the cath out they will go away. He says it won't be soon enough! Other than this, his recovery has been dramatic. I know he will still be limited for another month or so (lifting restrictions) but everyday since he came home from the hospital he has been 100% better! It really is amazing to me.
The next part of this journey may be hard as we begin to find out to what extend our love life will change. We just received a letter from our hospital encouraging patients and spouses to attend a prostate cancer support group. We will just have to see where it takes us.
I am truly grateful that things have gone this good so far - I have great confidence that we can handle whatever lies ahead.
That is all for now,