I'm Andy, live in Yorkshire and I'm now 49 - I was diagnosed in April 2016 when I was 48 and I had RRP in May 2106, I am now nearing 6 weeks post surgery.
My diagnosis came from a 'stroke of luck' and for that I have to be eternally thankful... We moved house in August 2015 and I had to move to a new GP surgery, as part of becoming a new patient I had to undergo a routine and straightforward medical screning... This involved blood pressure, do you smoke? how much do you drink? etc etc I also had to do a pee sample and this is where they found a 'trace' of blood in my urine... After 2 more samples returned the same result I was referred to Urology and at the beginning on 2016 the journey began!
I had just about every test, scan and examination known to man including a cystoscopy, mri, bone scan and of course the prostate biopsy!
My surgery happened very quickly, I met with the consultant surgeon on the Tuesday and was advised 4 - 6 weeks surgery wait but then on the Wednesday I received a call to say that I was to have the operation on the Saturday afternoon (FA Cup Final day!)
The week after the op I did feel pretty rubbish and that probably continued until I had the catheter removed 10 days post op, I also had the staples removed the same day and felt like a new man!
The incontinence is getting better, no where near being completely dry but I have set myself a target of end July (might be too ambitious!)
Unfortunately we had to cancel our summer holiday to Greece but we hope to go later in the year!
That pretty much brings me to present day...
My stomach is sore around the main scar (just above my belly button), it is really hard and quite warm - I have spoken to the hospital and I am awaiting a call.
Apart from that I feel completely lazy, I am lethargic and I find very little of interest - my employers have been very good, I can work from home when I want though I have been going into the office for a few hours each morning.
I feel like I need to give myself a 'big shake' but I don't have the energy which frustrates the life out of me!
From a ED aspect there is nothing to report, absolutely nothing, not even a twinge which again frustrates me though not even being 6 weeks post op I suppose I have to be patient with that - I spoke to Oncology Support and the nurse said not to worry and that my consultant would discuss options with me when he sees me (8 weks post op), I have been looking at buying a pump and found this one; Tracey Cox EDGE Ultimate Performance Stamina Penis Pump but I seriously have no idea, sounds like more of a sex toy than an ED aid!
I hope my post isn't portrayed as all 'doom and gloom', like I said at the beginning I regard myself as being extremely lucky and if I am given the 'all clear' (in that my PSA level is the lowest it can be) when I see my consultant in a few weeks time then I will have been given a new lease of life!
I have enjoyed reading other people's posts about various aspects of PC, I still have lots more to read and so thought it was worthwhile me introducing myself!
All the best and keep fighting!
Edited by member 30 Jun 2016 at 09:54
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