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8Muddypaws

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Prostate Cancer
« on: July 26, 2017, 04:11:04 PM »
About 3 months ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  They did a 14 core biopsy and 9 of the cores came back positive.  Gleason scores ranged from 7 to 9. (On a 1-10 scale).  PET scan showed that the tumors had not spread outside of the prostate.  Surgery was strongly recommended.

I roll into the room with the DaVinci robot at 7:30AM Pacific time tomorrow.  It will take about 5 hours and I won't be coming home for at least a day. 

I'll be on painkillers for a while so if I start making sense all of a sudden it's just the drugs.
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ArdraF

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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2017, 04:14:12 PM »
We'll be thinking of you and hope everything goes well for you.

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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2017, 04:31:54 PM »
Good luck!
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2017, 04:39:48 PM »
Good luck to you Mud, sorry to hear the news.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2017, 07:49:49 PM »
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. They've come a long way with this stuff, go in with your head up!  :))
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 07:53:26 PM »
My best wishes for a great outcome and a speedy recovery!
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2017, 07:56:06 PM »
Prayers and good thoughts from a fellow RVer.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2017, 08:08:58 PM »
I had mine removed about 8 years ago and after about 1.5 yrs of recovery all is just fine. You'll probably be fine after 6 months.
Hope yours goes as well.

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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2017, 09:00:18 PM »
You are in our thoughts and prayers.  Wishing you a speedy recovery
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2017, 09:16:31 PM »
Had mine removed 15 years ago. No problem, fast recovery. Hope yours goes as well. We'll keep you and your family in our prayers tomorrow. A positive attitude goes a long way.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2017, 10:05:42 PM »
Good Luck, it should go well. I am a 11 year survivor, had 45 radiation treatments. PSA is about 0.9.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2017, 10:44:39 PM »
8 Muddy Paws is my best RV Buddy. I told him to recover quickly and keep his mobile phone on his bed because he is always getting me out of a jam and I may need him again soon.

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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2017, 11:05:30 PM »
Several really close forum friends (they know who they are and they're still here!) were fighting prostate cancer at the same time I had my first mastectomy.  They gave me such support and encouragement and I really appreciated it.  I can guaran-damn-tee you that a positive attitude is worth more than you can ever imagine.  Keep fighting that nasty C with good thoughts and determination until you win.  There are many of us here offering prayers and moral support for you.

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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2017, 11:11:49 PM »
Good luck 8muddypaws. Praying for your speedy recovery.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2017, 11:17:55 PM »
Good luck 8muddypaws.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2017, 11:58:45 PM »
Russ, we've talked privately, and you should know we're all praying for a successful procedure and a speedy recovery. It's been over 30 years since my other half came home after hearing the bad news of her diagnosis. I still break down in tears when I tell folks the story but, like others here, her positive attitude and a great medical team eventually resulted in a clean bill of health. You have high confidence in your medical team and a lot of folks here are pulling for you.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2017, 12:08:43 AM »
I've made arrangements for my wife to put something on Facebook when I come out of surgery and perhaps Lou can pass that message on here.  Too late to call him tonight.

Thank you all!  (Is this a great place or what?!?!)
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2017, 07:41:03 AM »
Prayers going out for you. Get well soon.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2017, 08:46:37 AM »
You are in my prayers as well Muddy. New to the forum but not new to the big C.  Glad you have so much support on the forum, I understand how much that means when you're going through challenging times.  Blessings,
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2017, 10:28:16 AM »
Prayers for a full recovery and clean bill of health. May I ask please if this was found during a routine exam or were you experiencing specific issues. Have my PSA numbers checked every two years but that's about it.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2017, 05:32:47 PM »
 Just want to update all the great and caring members who posted on this blog. Great News, 8 Muddy Paws is in his room. Surgery did not take as long as the doctor had estimated it would. He has had lunch and I quote "if that is what you want to call it". Has a tube down his throat and feels no pain YET.  I am sure he will be texting soon.

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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2017, 06:07:50 PM »
Had a tube down my throat.  They took that out before waking me up.  I've got a sore throat and I'm sounding just like Barry White.

The last thing I remember was my wife walking out of the pre-op area, next thing I know I'm waking up and a nurse was telling I'm all done and they're moving me to a private room.

Very little pain.  They gave me Dilaudid, a morphene analog.  Not terribly happy about that but it's not giving me the problems Ocycodone did.  I'll deal with the side effects and withdrawal when the time comes.

Thanks Lou and everyone else on the awesome RV Site!  And a special thanks to Tom too!
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2017, 06:19:48 PM »
Happy to hear it went well.  Just keep on keepin' on with your great attitude and you'll be fine soon.  Take that, Big C!!!  Prayers continue.

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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2017, 06:28:29 PM »
Great news!  Take it easy for a while....

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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2017, 06:45:17 PM »
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #25 on: July 27, 2017, 07:52:25 PM »
Prayers and best wishes for you.......

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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #26 on: July 27, 2017, 09:20:18 PM »
Glad to hear all went well. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a quick return to the road.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #27 on: July 27, 2017, 10:24:36 PM »
Wonderful news Russ. Glad to hear it went well.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #28 on: July 28, 2017, 04:26:41 PM »
I made it home at about 11AM.  Lou will be happy to hear that my first meal at home was a hamburger with extra pickles.  Lots of extra pickles.

It's good to be home.
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Re: Prostate Cancer
« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2017, 07:33:04 PM »
Progress!

It's been 12 days since the surgery and I have been house bound almost the entire time.  The catheter leaks!  The one time I left the house, to have a nurse check the catheter, I had a big wet spot on my pants by the time they called me in.  They gave me a different style of bag and that helped some but didn't fix the problem completely.  No matter!  In exactly 21 hours I get that instrument of torture removed!

Most of the stitches have dissolved and the glue is peeling off.  But I still look like the guy who brought a knife to a gunfight.

They gave me a bottle of 30 oxycodone tablets in the smallest dosage possible, at my insistence.  They are 1/4 dosage of what they normally use.  Even at that I only took 2 of them.  Either there's not much pain involved or I have a high tolerance.

In the back of my mind have been thoughts of 'the pathology report'.  They said it can take 2-3 weeks but I'm hoping to find out tomorrow when I meet with the surgeon after getting the catheter (AKA fish hook) removed.

Hopefully this can be over soon and we can get back to being out in our rig 50% of the time.

Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes.  They have meant a lot to me.
Muddypaws
AKA Russ


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