An illustration a gay man can appreciate, or how I'm spending my Sunday

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    Nov 27, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    I couldn't believe they put this illustration on the outside of the box, for this Fleet enema sold off the shelf in US drug stores. I guess they're too cheap to put a separate instruction sheet inside the sealed box.

    Anyway, what I have to self-administer several times today to prep for my prostate cancer surgery tomorrow (Mon). icon_razz.gif

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    Nov 27, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    One of my best friends had prostate cancer surgery.
    He survived, and he and his partner travel, often, and he lives a full life.
    I expect the same for you, my friend.
    Keep us posted.
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    Nov 27, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI couldn't believe they put this illustration on the outside of the box, for this Fleet enema sold off the shelf in US drug stores. I guess they're too cheap to put a separate instruction sheet inside the sealed box.

    Anyway, what I have to self-administer several times today to prep for my prostate cancer surgery tomorrow (Mon). icon_razz.gif


    I know right, when I buy enemas, I wear sunglasses and cover the box with something, LOL. Good luck on your surgery icon_smile.gif
  • rnch

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    Nov 27, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    i prefer the second "position".




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    Nov 27, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidI had to do the enema twice before I had a prostate biopsy a few weeks ago... No big deal. And no need to be embarrassed - maybe you were buying it for your grandchild!

    How did the biopsy go? Mine was a new method, I hardly felt a thing, unlike my partner a few years back, who said it was torture. I hope your results are negative. Why did you have a biopsy? High PSA, or something during a DRE?
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    Nov 27, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
    jpBITCHva saidAm I the only one who thinks this might be TMI?

    Of course it's TMI -- that's part of my joke. But I still think those illustrations are funny. I'd loved to have been leaning over the shoulder of the graphic artist who was assigned to draw them. "Is this the career I really want?" And did they use a model? icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 27, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Art_Deco said
    southbeach1500 saidI had to do the enema twice before I had a prostate biopsy a few weeks ago... No big deal. And no need to be embarrassed - maybe you were buying it for your grandchild!

    How did the biopsy go? Mine was a new method, I hardly felt a thing, unlike my partner a few years back, who said it was torture. I hope your results are negative. Why did you have a biopsy? High PSA, or something during a DRE?

    Oh, everything turned out OK - just a high PSA. I figured it was due to having ejaculated within hours of the PSA test. While the PSA test is a good "canary in the coal mine" kind of test, it is in no way conclusive and if the digital rectal exam comes back OK, you really do need to do a biopsy just to rule out (as best they can these days anyway) that you don't have cancer.

    For my biopsys they did the usual 12 samples - not at all painful and took about 15 minutes if that. Then the bloody urine and bloody semen for a week or two. Not fun to see. Had it done at UCLA Medical Center as I was out in Los Angeles quite a bit in the month of September.

    Good. Mine took 12 samples, too. Only the first pinch of the lidocaine shot bothered me a little bit. After that they could have taken another 12 samples, I wouldn't have minded. I had only the slightest tinge of blood the first day, nothing the second.

    The point you make is important: high PSA (prostate specific antigen) in the blood merely indicates that the prostate gland is stressed in some way. It can be due to recent orgasm, a benign & normal cause as in your case, or to infection (as in my case on-and-off for 30 years), or to actual cancer. It's my infection history than misled me to disregard the high PSAs I've been getting for the last 2 years.

    But an abnormal PSA does NOT automatically mean you have prostate cancer. It merely means that you should take the next step to determine the cause. Frequently the immediate follow-up is another PSA blood draw in a few weeks, after advising you not to have sex for a few days prior.

    I mention all this not so much for you, who obviously already knows this, but in this forum that other guys here are reading. Much is publicized about women's breast cancer awareness, but far less for men's prostate cancer. Despite that 40% of all men will contract this cancer within a normal lifetime.