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Steve.Adam
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Finally got rid of it about an hour ago. Now I am mobile, but not too much. I was up for 10 minutes to shave then back to bed panting and dozing.

Off all pain meds now and feeling good.

Steve.

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Bay Area Guy
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I've had three operations and I think the worst part of all three was that damn catheter.

Congrats on getting it out!  And congrats on being off all the pain meds!  If you're in bed a lot, make sure to use the spyrometer for breathing exercises.

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They put it back in without anasthetic (I wasnt peeing like I should). Pretty much #1 of experiences I'd rather not repeat.

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Yes, this happens. It's common. My husband got put on prostate medication temporarily and things started flowing. The catheter can be cause trauma. 

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Bay Area Guy
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I never had to have that thank God.  But I did have to have an NG tube put in while I was awake on two different occassions.  That's not much fun either.

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Steve.Adam
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Want to experience it for the first time!!!

I have been using the spyrometer, though not as often as I probably should.

It turned up soon after I woke up and I immediately knew it's purpose and importance from what footstomper had said about it.

Most of the staff here ignore it but some have told me to make sure I use it.

A urologist got angry at the nurses when he walked in to my room and found it out of my reach. It was a bit harsh because they were moving stuff around prior to showering me.

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I hated the catheter so much i kept asking before the surgery that they make sure i was totally unconcious when they put it in. I cant remember exactly how long after the surgery they took it out (probably due to all the drugs). With 46 staples I dont think I got off all the pain meds and down to Tylenol for probably 10 days to two weeks. I think getting off the pain meds is huge step forward in the recovery and you deserve huge props for that. for me getting off the pain meds signalled my recovery could now start progressing full speed and the narcotics make it harder for your bowels to move freely and everything else just doesnt seem to work as well on narcotics.

when i got off the pain meds and onto tylenol I found that i could walk and do stuff. I bought a cool cain to use for a while, (maybe two weeks). I soon found that I could be active for an hour or two then I needed to nap for a few hours. after I quit feeling week and guilty and recognized it as part of my recovery pattern it was great. Going out to a restaraunt for dinner with my wife 2-3 weeks after my surgery was a huge accomplishment for me too.

Its funny how you remember all these little milestones as you recover.

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Obviously there is no good thing about cancer, but you do notice all these little milestones in your recovery. Thats called life, I guess I didnt notice those little moments before my diagnosis, but now I do. Every day is golden. Every moment is for living.

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YAAAY STEVE you are on you WAY!!

P.S. HA! I love catheters, often wish I had one to get a full nights sleep!

Unless you trip on MY cath and it pulls, yikes! I know men don't like them.

Jan

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Steve.Adam
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When you were a kid did you ever dream you were peeing and wake up to find you had wet the bed?

I had that dream the morning the catheter came out but woke to find I had Not wet the bed.

So there's one plus I can chalk up to a catheter...

I kept grabbing my end of it protectively. Couldn't help it. That probably looked funny from a distance.

Steve.

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<======== cannot get that picture out of my mind!! LOL

Jan

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Footstomper
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Perhaps you should have a litlle flag to wave with your catheter.

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Steve, you are doing very well! I think I am safe to say the worst is behind you! You even got up to shave. Good for you!!

Take care and try not to over do it.

Hugs

Jojo

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