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Hi Max,

     Hoping for the best with your surgery tomorrow.  Bill and I will be thinking of you and your family.  We know you will be in good hands.  You wouldn't settle for less.Wink  Even though it seems this is an easy thing and not worrisome, having to deal with cancer again is emotionally challenging. 

Our prayers are with you and your doctors,

Becky and Bill

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Prayers and positive thoughts for you!!

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Can't eat today of course, except popsickles are permitted, so went and got a big bag of them at the grocery, and some Canada Dry ginger ale. 

Thanks to all for the kind regards, both here and via the private e-mails.  Clinically and statistically, it is not a highly dangerous surgery.

There is an old saying among sub sailors: "It's a safe way to live, as long as the number of surfacings equals the number of dives."  A lot of surgery is safe, as long as the awakenings equal the number of sedations.  Planning on a perfect match  !

max

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I'm not on often Max, but just wanted to say how happy I was to see that things went well for you!!  Prayers for continued progress and good health.

 

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Please visit more often; not many roses in this frigid winter !   Could be way worse: My brother-in-law is in New York, up the Hudson, where they havn't seen the ground all winter.

 

(Teens for lows all weekend here in 'South' Carolina)

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Who's Max? 

LOL and hugs buddy,

JIm

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Where's Waldo ?

Hugs back at ya, Jim.

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Hi Max,

 I will be thinking good positive thoughts and sending prayers your way. Keep the faith and know we are here for you. Best wishes...Sue

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You are on my mind and in my prayers today.

Rocquie

 

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 l got fcthrough surgery ok.  Hurts bad byt on oxycodone pretty looped on drug.  Bless all of you dear folks

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Smooth sailing Max. :)

Can't keep a good man down !

Praying for speedy recovery.

Good to hear you are resting.

( (Hugs ) )

~GG~

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We love you very much, you are special, hang in there.

B&B

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Max, I'm glad to know you made it through your surgery OK. Sorry about the pain, but happy you have good medications. Rest. Take it easy. You will be yourself again in no time.

Blessings and (((hugs)))

Rocquie

 

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Max:

I hope you are doing very well today.

Nancy

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Thanks for dropping in Max.Glad everything went ok. You stay down, rest, and let your body heal. Best wishes....Sue

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Sue and Everyone,

As stated on Wednesday I came out of surgery ok, and went home Thursday.  All of the "technical" aspects of the surgery were good: surgeon took the whole gland and both "seminial vesticals," which are two ducts which go from the prostate and sort of wrap around the bladder.  Prostate surgery does not touch or involve the testicles. I mention this only because I have been asked that question more than once. The prostate and how it is situated is a mystery, even to most men.

The incision holes are very close to the earlier gall bladder laproscopic holes, except more of them: Six new holes, about an inch each, and one large incision directly above the naval, 3" or 4 " The small wounds look virtually identical to the gall bladder wounds from four years ago.  The surgeon used a "daVinci machine," which requires numerous entry points.  Because the urethra runs through the prostate, after the gland is removed, the urethra must be reattached to the base of the bladder, and that is why the cathetra is in: it must stay in place until the urethra is healed.

I mentioned it before: lymphoma treatment has one good thuing about it, if nothing else: It seldom requires cutting someone up. These cuts are always sore, even when careful and small, but are already healing fast.  I see the doc Tuesday when the cath comes out, and am going to ask about going back to work at the end of the week.  Urology is essentially plumbing, but on  a human.   We'll see what he says.  Currently I cannot bend down at all, and sitting or lying down is a very slow proposition.

I hope everyone's issues are small and being resolved,

max

 

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Hi Max,

  Thanks so much for explaining the process...you are fantastic with details! You will feel so much better once the cath comes out. I'm sure you will know when your strong enough to go back to work, so I won't begin to lecture you about going back too soon...but...don't go back too soon! Wink I finished my 4th Rituxan on Thursday, so now I just wait to see my doctor on the 5th to get the results of my scan and then find out if more/new chemo is needed. I will share the news when I find out. Anxious for the big game tomorrow...cheering our Seahawks on for a 2 year win at the Superbowl! Goooo Seahawks! ha! Take care my friend and let your wounds heal. SmileSue

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when I was reading your post to him Surprised.  Ouch, at least it's over.  We sure hope you heal quickly.  Sounds like things are going good for you too Sue, so glad to know that.  Bill got his Scan report on Thurs. and there is still no sign of MCL. I know we are all thankful for every day we have.  I'm with you Sue.....Go Seahawks.....love Richard Sherman.

Our best to all,

Becky & Bill

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Got the cath removed this morning.  The RN did a few "urine control tests" which I did well on.  Basically, my prostate removal went as easily and well as any man's can.

The pathology analysis of the removed gland was nearly identical to the biopsy results from months ago, except that it changed slightly from a Stage pT1A to a pT2A N0, which is insignificant at this point. There were no "positive margins," which is surgical terminology for when the cancer is touching the edge of the gland or organ.  That is, the disease absolutely did not get out of the gland.

All that is left for me regarding the prostate now is urinary contol, so this little episode in my health adventure is mostly over.

max

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Great news, Max. You're a trooper. Um, Sailor!

Cheers,

Rocquie

 

 

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Great news buddy, sorry I been a way from the site for couple months. but I am back. Wish you all the BEST. 

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Good to hear no positive margins! Also good to see Bill posting. How are things going, Bill?

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glad to hear your on the mend, be well buddy. Where's the wisecracks from Jim ? he's always good for one or two.

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Bill, Aaron, Jeff,

Thanks to all of you.  Aaron, I guess you are applying as head coach of the Seahawks ?

Odd conincidence, but I know at least three of us, and maybe all, had NLPHL !  Key word "Had."

 

Stay clean,

max

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Hi Max.  I'm glad it's over and you're doing well.  Good to hear from other folks on here as well.

Aaron, as far as wisecracks, all I can think of is this: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp_BhPjzTbc

 

Hugs everybody,

Jim

 

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Wonderful news Max!

Very happy for you.

You are truly great at details and education.  Love it!

Smooth sailing . 

~GG~

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I haven't been here for some time now but today decided to check up on you and was very happy to hear the good news. :) I really hope this will be the end of any kind of cancer or anything even close to it...

Best regards Max!

Natasha

 

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Deeply appreciate it, Natasha.

I hope so too.  I have my first post-surgery PSA test next Tuesday. It should be 0.0.  The surgeon said that the pathologist in the E.R. said nothing was on the edges of the gland, so it should indeed be the end of this prostate thing for me... In TV terminology, this means they "got it all."

I responded to your other post, and it is wonderful !

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