Cancer Surgery Complete, Now At Home Tonight

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    Nov 29, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    My cancer surgery to implant 100 radioactive "seeds" into my prostate went right according to schedule this afternoon (Mon). I was in the OR exactly at 1 PM, and began waking up in recovery at 2:30. Unlike my previous experiences with general anesthesia, I became alert very quickly, almost like waking up at home in bed, with no druggy drowsiness. I really didn't think I'd be able to write on this computer until sometime tomorrow (Tue), but here I am.

    A little after 4 PM I was being driven home by my partner. The only unpleasantness was my urologist's decision to keep a catheter in me until I return for an office visit tomorrow morning. I knew that was a possibility, but I hoped I might dodge that one. And so right now I've got a bag strapped to my leg, and the tube itself is naturally a bit uncomfortable. icon_razz.gif

    What fortunately does not hurt is my ass, something I'd feared. After all, they had all this equipment shoved up there for over an hour, shooting these seeds through the rectal wall into my prostate. But I'm sitting here at the computer, no pain, no bleeding, no need for an inflatable hemorrhoid donut or any special padding. And the first guy here who makes a crack about my prior training as a gay man making it easier, will get my... icon_biggrin.gif .

    In the months ahead I'll return every 30 days or so for tests, to determine that my recovery is normal, and most importantly, that the cancer is gone. But the main phases are now complete.

    My thanks for all your thoughts & prayers. It was encouraging to have your good will with me today. And if any of you or men you know run up against prostate cancer, contact me and I'll be glad to share my experiences & thoughts.
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    Nov 29, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    OK, I thought this is funny. I was reading my hospital discharge instructions tonight, and apparently I'm radioactive enough that I need to avoid "close physical contact" with pregnant women and young children for the next 2 months.

    Not sitting on my lap is specifically mentioned. I guess I'm gonna hafta resign my seasonal job as a mall Santa Claus. icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    With the right outfit, you'll just have to settle for being an elf or some other Santa helper.

    I'm glad you're in good spirits and that your ass feels fine after all that seeding!
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:37 AM GMT
    Glad it went well. Thank you for the update. Leaving a song for you on the DEdicate a song thread... icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    If you ever become as radioactive as Pripyat, Ukraine, please let us know!
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    I'm glad it all went well, get well soon, I know recovery can be a pain in the ass (fortunately, in this case, not literally icon_smile.gif ).
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    Hey Art, hang in! We're sending good vibes your way.

    Say, you should try a night-light experiment. You both get naked in the dark and see if your man can find you by your glow, lol!

    warmly and with huge hugs

    -Bill and Doug
  • rioriz

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    Nov 29, 2011 5:46 AM GMT
    Glad you are feeling better! keeping fingers crossed for you!
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    Good you're okay icon_smile.gif
  • trevchaser

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    Nov 29, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    Get well soon. Now that you have passed over this obstacles be prepared for far more in your life. Life is all about overcoming hour after day after month after year. With the support here and from your family and friends you will prevail to tell another great story that'll go down into history!

    With my experience with cancer patients, I hope that you are living a very alkaline lifestyle. Nothing that can make your body go into the acidic side because that's where nastiness thrives in. After quitting the main thing in my life which made me acidic I felt so awesome and that is......meat! An excess of fresh raw veggies and fruits will help put your body into a state of healing. You're going to need A LOT of it on your road to recovery. If you want to know other alternative ways just send me a PM as this is for people who truly believe that one can fight anything without the use of drugs. icon_wink.gif

    Your recovery will inspire others within your influence and spread like a good wildfire.
  • wldct1998

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    Nov 29, 2011 5:53 AM GMT
    I'm glad we still have your good spirits gracing us!
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    Nov 29, 2011 1:03 PM GMT
    wldct1998 saidI'm glad we still have your good spirits gracing us!

    Thanks, I'm full of good spirits... ::: HICK ::: icon_redface.gif

    BTW, this implant procedure was computer directed, not unlike my 6 weeks of daily radiation treatments had been, so-called "robo-surgery," the most modern there is. I feel like a newly-built Ford off the assembly line.

    I may find out in a couple of hours exactly how many seeds they shoved up there, somewhere around 100, when hopefully they'll remove this damn catheter. Since even they weren't sure themselves how many seeds they'd use until they had me under the imaging equipment and saw the final size of my prostate, me unconscious by then. And by the time I was recovering yesterday my doctors were all gone.
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    Nov 29, 2011 1:37 PM GMT
    Get well soon! Best wishes for a speedy recovery from your surgery.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 29, 2011 1:40 PM GMT
    Best wishes Bob, hope all goes well with your speedy recovery. Keep us informed!
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    Nov 29, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidGlad you're home, B. Your description of all that equipment up your butt reminded me of an old South Park episode, haha. Glad you're not in pain. Here's hoping for a speedy and incident-free recovery from here on out. icon_smile.gif

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    Thanks, not in any pain. Back home once again (Tue morning) with the catheter removed, which had been causing me some discomfort. What a relief to have that thing gone! I expect some stinging for a day or 2 when I pee, same as in the past, and I've got gauze in my briefs, still bleeding a little.

    Strangely, my butt, site of all the OR action yesterday, feels normal. Perhaps encouraging for any other guys who choose this prostate cancer treatment route. Still, I haven't taken a dump yet, only started eating last night after close to a 48-hour solid food fast. That's when I may feel some tenderness in the rectal wall.

    I'm just amazed what they can do, all the incredible equipment they have. And how really professional (and friendly & kind) all the hospital & clinic staff have been from day one, right through the surgical part. Much as I like to relate stories of my misadventures at the hands of others, I really don't have any regarding this. The few missteps were all my own.
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    Nov 29, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidBest wishes Bob, hope all goes well with your speedy recovery. Keep us informed!

    Thanks, you know I will! I actually consider myself very lucky, assuming that I was fated to get prostate cancer all along, due to my age and family history. I couldn't have gotten this under more favorable circumstances:

    - Within easy driving distance of an oncologist rated a "10 Best Doctor in Florida" who chose to accept me as his patient
    - Able to afford him
    - Same doctor who successfully treated my partner and a good friend for the same thing
    - Randomly assigned a daily radiation treatment time that was ideal for us, just what we wanted
    - Cancer caught before it had spread

    Whereas this could have hit when I living in past places where my local options would have been zip. That's the reason charities like Ronald McDonald House exist for pediatric cancer, to shelter the families who must travel great distances to live with their children undergoing treatment in hospital. A good part of the US population doesn't live right next to the Mayo Clinic, or near any top-flight health care providers. Again, why I consider myself a very lucky guy. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:04 PM GMT

    B,

    So glad your surgery went smoothly. Hoping for a speedy recovery and a clean bill of health VERY soon!

    David

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    Nov 29, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    Glad all went well!! Here's to your rapid recovery! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Vaughn

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    Nov 29, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    Feel better buddy.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Nov 29, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    That is great Art Deco, I am so happy for you. I wish you well with your recovery. If you need any help at all please let me know.