My Journey and Cure of Prostate Cancer

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Month: September 2016 (Page 1 of 2)

Well… 3 weeks today!!!

[I]t’s my 3 week anniversary. I was able to go all day today w/o a pad, but had a few dribbles! I got an email from Dr. Porter about my question about my bladder and how it felt that I always needed to urinate. However, yesterday I had 2 beers and part of a third (small part maybe one sip). I noticed that my bladder seemed to do OK and that perhaps I just needed it to fill it up more. To be honest, I have not been drinking much at all. So. Dr. Porter said this, ”

You bladder will take time to gain capacity and will be smaller volume for a while.

It was also my first week back at work and a relatively long week, but… all good!

We are going to the Cascade football game tonight… I think I am meeting with Dr. Poter’s marketing guy next week to give a testimonial. I told him that I would do anything for him since he helped me out.

Thanks,
Brian πŸ™‚

tinsley-back [O]K.. I was back for the Monday morning meeting on the 12th and my sales team had shirts made for me. It was quite a nice gesture and surprise. They are a wonderful bunch of guys and I love supporting this team! My second day without my need for a pad – very happy about that and my legs are not as sore either today. The last couple of days, they have felt tired and achy and I was getting a bit worried. It was probably from sitting to much and not enough walking. I asked my doctor today if I can play tennis this weekend. It will have been three weeks since the surgery.

Take care,
Brian )

2 weeks since surgery

[I] can’t believe that it’s been two weeks since my Radical Prostitechomy with Dr. James Porter. My left hip most likely saved my life. Moreover, my Dr. Steve Stukowsky at Mill Creek Family Practice and his inclination to order a PSA test with my standard blood tests for my 30 day surgery physical. There’s been so many things that had to go right, that there is NO OTHER reason or rationale other than that GOD via his son Jesus Christ and all my friends praying for me. I have been trying to walk everyday and get some fresh air.

I washed my car today and need to vacuum it. I was thinking of trying to mow the lawn too! Plus I need to refill the 2 bird feeders. I know I can’t get back on the tennis courts for another 4 weeks. I am going back to work on Monday the 12th of September, so it will be great to get back into the swing of things and feeling more back to normal.

Have a great day!
Brian πŸ™‚

P.s. My son won his tennis match yesterday πŸ™‚

13 days Post Operation… Up at 4 am today… couldn’t sleep

[I] woke up early today… not sure, but just didn’t feel like sleeping anymore. So, I got out of bed and took a shower, came down stairs and had a cup of coffee. Then, started looking around on the web. For some reason I ended up watching a few videos from the Dattoli institute. Well, this sent me off into a tail spin thinking, “Did I make the right decision” for my prostate cancer with my Gleason 9 score? Was radiation a better option? According to this site, it seems to state that their treatment is just as good as the radical prostitechomy. They reference an article for the UCLA study. High-dose radiation therapy as effective as surgery for aggressive prostate cancer

So, i started to second guess myself.. What’s new LOL! In all seriousness, I had read something similar to this this finding prior to my surgery and had actually gone down this rabbit hole thinking I would to the brachy therapy too! But, my first intention was to get it out and find the best surgeon with the highest skill set. As it’s important to make sure the surgeon has done enough of them. Exactly who is doing your radical prostatectomy for you? Is an interesting article worth reading. I am confident that Dr. James Porter of Swedish Medical group is the best and has the highest skill set of anyone on the planet. When I read that Dr. Porter knows Dr. Patel and that they have teamed up together before, my confidence came back around. The outcomes from Dr. Patel’s research are pretty darn impressive.

Well, it’s 5:30 am on a Thursday, and I am watching the Warkinka vs DelPotro match from last night. I think Stan is going to pull this one out.. πŸ™‚

Thanks,
Brian πŸ™‚

Tuesday Sept 6th, 2016 day… 11th day post RP surgery

[O]K….I almost forgot to put my pad on today. Yesterday, I swear I went to the rest room 20 times! One of my blood pressure medications, Micardias/HCTZ (80/25) makes you have to go.. So, it seemed like any drop of fluid in my bladder – it had to come out! This morning, I slept in a bit and took a shower right out of the gate. I then came downstairs had my morning cup of coffee and had my morning BM. Yesterday for dinner, I was very hungry and ate the entire plate of Teriyaki that my wife brought home and after that, had a few gas pains. I don’t think my stomach was ready for too much food at one time. To this date, I am trying to use this opportunity to also loose about 10 lbs as well. I find myself having random thoughts of just how lucky and blessed that I am. It’s still a miracle -one of many that the LORD has blessed me with. I can’t believe it! I have started (second day) of taking these 5mg of Cialis. I am told it’s the right thing to do and it’s still WAY too early for me to even begin to think about that stuff πŸ™‚fantastic day

I love Haircut 100…. Their song, Fanstastic Day…. It’s so TRUE, just have fantastic day!

Brian πŸ™‚

Day 9…. Some interesting observations

[O]k…………it’s Sunday morning following my surgery last Friday the 26th of August. I still can’t believe that I had the diagnosis to begin with. And then the surgery, pathology reports (great news) and now the recovery process. My original response to the catheter being removed is called a “Vagel” response. vagel I think it’s important to know that this type of reaction can happen. I personally had a catheter before when I had my aorticdissection. However, when it was removed, I was still kind of out of it and didn’t pay that much attention to it. However, with this catheter in for 7 straight days and working myself up about the removal of it, I partially think I am the blame for it happening to some degree. According to this article, you can get into this state of mind, and have the reaction based upon psyching yourself out! Ultimately, I think if you are one of those types of people that are skirmish at the sight of blood, then be prepared for this procedure as it can be a bit overwhelming.

Ok…one of the weird things that I am noticing (and actually read about this) is that when you go to urinate, the penis is now not as easily accessible. What I mean by that – it’s shrunk in the since that it’s gone back deeper into your body now that the prostate is removed.

I have been wearing my pad inside my underwear and it’s really not that bad at all. Now I can get the feeling of what our wife’s go through while are their periods. I do notice a tiny bit of leakage which is to be expected. However, I am honestly amazed that it’s so minimal and I seen to have about 99.99% control of my bladder already. It’s also day 2 of 3 for my antibiotic medicine since the removal of my catheter. My sleep is now pretty much back to normal, thanks so much GOD! My appetite is not quite there, still not that hungry. But… I can’t turn down a bit of ice cream! My coffee intake is back to my normal schedule and really hasn’t ever left πŸ™‚

I have been watching the US Open Tennis Tourney and am excited about today’s matches.

Have a great day! Remember to give thanks and GLORY TO GOD…. I am so blessed and so thankful.

Brian πŸ™‚

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