Saturday, April 15, 2017

STOP, and behind the scenes

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Back at home now. The pathology report says that the operation was successful, the cancer was confined entirely within the prostate "capsule" and every indication is that the treatment should be curative.

Immediate post-surgery recuperation was a nightmare though. My GI tract shut down completely, initiating incredibly painful abdominal and bladder spasms and it took over 36 hours for bowl clearing routines and anti-spasm medication to take effect. Got out Friday afternoon, and for the next few days I don't plan to do anything but sleep and take the meds.

11 comments:

Alan Jay Weisbard said...

Hang in there, my friend. The path results are encouraging. Hope the rest of your recovery goes easier.

stephen connor said...

Hi, Carl,

Good to hear you're out. Good to hear all should work out well.

My recent surgery was close to both the urinary and lower G.I. tracts, and it took a couple of weeks to get back to nearly normal. Amazing how sensitive to insult those areas are. Now, three and a half weeks later, totally normal. Napping was a huge part of my life during that time, sooooo......nap well.

Stephen

John Sarsgard said...

Bravo for the great outcome! I'm sorry you had to pay with so much pain. Must be a great relief to have it behind you. Now for the important stuff...rest and naps!

Ed said...

Rest up and get well soon. I know so many men of our age who have undergone, or are scheduled to undergo this surgery. I'm glad to hear the surgery was successful.

Markus said...

Carl, it's good to read that all signs point in the o.k. direction. Of course recovery takes longer the older we become - not nice, but not alarming. Take care of yourself and appreciate every stage of getting back to normal again!

David said...

I'm glad to hear that your operation was successful, but sorry that you are out of commission for a while. Take your time, and get fully recovered.

lyle said...

Glad you are on the mend!

James Weekes said...

I have been on active watching for four years. You did the right thing and should have a full recovery. Listen to your body and rest, rest, rest. Probably the hardest part for an active person like you.

Carl Weese said...

Jim, my initial diagnosis numbers were where you bail on watchful waiting anyway, so the only real choice was for course of treatment.

At this point round the clock rest is the only goal.Maybe in a couple weeks I'll need to be careful not to overdo but it ain't the problem now.

Mike Rosiak said...

Carl,
Had the same operation two years ago exactly, fortunately no complications. From your story, and that of a colleague of mine, I conclude that I was quite lucky. There's a lot that goes on there, in a very small area.

I couldn't believe, though, how tired I was for several weeks afterwards. Listen to your body. When it says "sleep," then sleep. Just take it easy, don't push things, go with the flow (sorry), give yourself time for healing.

Frank Harkin said...

Carl

I had the same operation just last November, thankfully without your complications. Felling great now - hope you get back to yourself soon.
Frank