My implant procedure went ahead as planned on 31st January 2017 and this post will describe my experience of that day (Day 0) and subsequent recovery over the next 5 days.
Tuesday (31/1/2017) (D+0): Implants of 55 Iodine 125 seeds into my 40cc prostate (HT over previous months had reduced the volume from 70cc!) completed successfully and was allowed home after producing the required volume of wee.
At home, drank plenty of fluids, as advised, but it quickly became obvious that I could not wee!
Phoned The Christie and was advised to walk round the house but after about 2 hrs of this, still no joy, so phoned the hospital again. They immediately instructed me to return for catheterisation.
About midnight was catheterised and was quickly relieved of about 1 litre of urine! What a relief!!
Wednesday 1st Feb 2017 (D+1): Recovering in hospital all day. 1st Tamsulosin and Antibiotics taken.
Thursday 2nd Feb 2017 (D+2): Catheter removed about 6:30am and 15 min later produce about 5 ml of “red wine”! This was followed by 30ml (8am); 30ml (10am); 25ml (11am); 35ml (1pm). I thought to myself “This is hard work”. Then one of the nurses suggested my wife and I go for a walk outside in the lovely gardens. This seemed to do the trick because when I got back, “joy of joys” I managed 150ml (3pm) followed by another 150ml (4:30pm).
I was free at last and discharged at 5pm
Great to be home again; but started to have difficulty weeing again! Usually started with a bloody fluid but one bonus was my first poo!! .Worried that far more fluids were entering my body than leaving it! I was reluctant to drink too much as advised. Thoughts of a repeat of Tuesday night began to alarm me.
Friday 3rd Feb 2017 (D+3): Again very difficult to wee normally – not very productive. Took following tablets about 4am: 1xTamsulosin; 2xIbuprofen and 1xParacetamol
7am: had breakfast (cereals; toast and fruit tea) and went back to bed. I was absolutely exhausted from restless night.
9:30am: got up and had a more productive wee, so slightly relieved and enjoyed a lovely shower.
10:30 am: had a very productive wee (about 100ml). Can I see the light at the end of the tunnel at last?
11am: felt well enough to go out shopping
Afternoon: More frequent urges to wee and these were very short and bloody to start with.
Throughout the night about 8 visits to the loo for short weeing sessions were necessary!
Saturday 4th Feb 2017 (D+4): Up about 7:30am. Took all appropriate tablets with breakfast, but not long afterwards felt a bit lightheaded so went back to bed for about an hour.
10am: feeling much better now. Got up had a shower and a cup of tea.
11:30am: Walked to the local shop for a paper
Afternoon and evening uneventful - weeing reasonably effectively but invariably preceded by small bloody discharge. Had second poo since leaving the hospital
Sunday 5th Feb 2017 (D+5): Early hours frequent visits to the loo. Difficult to start with and not very productive.
6am: got up had my tablets and breakfast. Went to the loo managed a “wee” wee and 3rd poo
Mid morning: more productive “red free” weeing now. Dare I hope that this is “the end of the beginning”?
I hope my experience will be of help to others contemplating the Brachytherapy route and will add to this as and when I feel it would be usefull
My follow up appointment at The Christie hospital is set for April 28th 2017