Thursday, December 24, 2009

Post Surgery Update - "The Clamps"

Just wanted to give a quick update after my recent surgery on 12/10. The surgery was at the Shand's surgery center was an outpatient surgery to go into my urethra tube and remove was was thought to be a sucher that did not dissolve from my original prostatectomy. The surgery was a littl more involved as the doctor found that 2 plastic clamps used in separating the nerve bundles during my original surgery did not fall away like they were supposed to in post healing and actually were protruding into my urethra tube causing a restriction and also gathering particles from the urine as it passed. Once I was done with the surgery I found out I had to wear the catheter for 5 days instead of overnight. I was given an antibiotic and pain medicine and sent on my way. Its been 2 weeks since the surgery and I can tell a huge difference, the stream is much faster and no more sensitivity. All in all it was a success and I am ready for 2010!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My 1.5 Year Post Surgery Update

It is hard to believe that its been one and a half years since my surgery. Time flies by so fast these days. I wanted to provide an update on how I am doing post surgery with surgery side effects and overall general health.

First, my general health is really good. I did 3 5k races, 1 triathlon and 1 duathlon in 2009. I had never done any running events in my life so this should tell you how I am feeling physically. I can run 4 miles right now in less than 40 minutes and am currently training to do an Adventure Race (Trekking, Mountain Biking, Canoeing) in January. I am also planning road cycling and mountain biking races next year in addition to completing a 10k race.

Second, I want to address my surgery side effects. I never fully recovered from the ED issues caused by the surgery and require medication to help in this area. I assume at this point this may not return to full function and will continue praying about the situation. I thank God for an understanding wife and it has not become an issue in our marriage. In fact, our marriage is stronger than ever. As far as incontinence, that has been fine for a long time, however I developed an issue of of having to go to the restroom over 10 times per day and late at night 2-3 times. I thought this would go away since I no longer have a prostate so I visited Dr Parraketil last week at Shand's and he ran a scope in my urethra and found that one of the clamps/sutures used to repair the urethra during the surgery had not dissolved and was protruding into my urethra tube. A stone has formed over the suture and has created a blockage. I will be having surgery in December to have the stone and suture removed. Its a delicate 2 hour outpatient surgery that requires me to be under general anesthesia and wear a catheter a few days afterwards. I wanted to post this in case other folks that have had surgery developed these symptoms.

I do appreciate the emails from around the world and appreciate your encouragement. So as for me 1.5 years post surgery? I am doing GREAT, I am so thankful for everyday, God has given me a second chance and I don't want to blow it.

As far as you, I will continue to pray for each of you that God will comfort you during this season in your life and that you will live everyday like its your last and do something you never thought you could do!

God Bless You!