Sep 21, 2009 - 10:19 pm
It's the end of day 4 and I have just completed my first day of the Bladder Cycling Process.
First let me say that every day gets amazingly more and more comfortable. There was no pain today, not even sneezing and the level of discomfort was almost nil.
Most of the day was spent turning the Catheter on and off and holding my water in the bladder.
I started the process by turning the catheter valve off, which directed the urine to be stored in the bladder. When I felt urgency I urinated in the measured receptacle, then I turned the valve open and let what was left in the bladder go into the collection bag. This also was measured to determine how much was left in the bladder when I thought I was done. The I closed the valve and began the process again.
I did not try to really delay the urgency by clenching the muscles since I thought this would do more harm than good. I have read too much here about how the Dr.s have told you to delay the resumption of Kegels following surgery. Likewise I did not use the muscles to try and force out the last little bit. Same muscles and same reasoning.
There were no drips, no drops and no leaks between cycles. This was very encouraging.
Today it seems as though the timing was about 1hr30min to 2hrs each time and the amount retained was fairly consistent. I had to track the voided and retained amount on a chart and I have to take the chart with me to the cath removal appointment. I guess then I will find out the importance of the amounts.
Must be a good reason for this, they have everything planned down so tight, this must be something they developed to assist in obtaining continence again.
Other than that is was just the same ole day of recovery. There was a lot of interest expressed on this forum about the Supra Pubic Catheter so I am trying to be as complete as possible in the details. If I left something out, let me know.
I know boring post, but in the interest of science and helping my fellow PCa man, here it is.
60 years old
Surgery done on September 17th by Dr. Menon, Vattikuit Urology Institute, Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit.