Hi! I will try my best to avoid an infection. I don't have a prostate anymore... and don't usually have a problem with tight bowels. However, I will be on the "look out" for them thanks to your warning.Foxtail - You'll be fine. Sense of humor really helps. And remember, given your size - the beds have extenders (not sure that extend THAT much) but the footboards do extend!
Even with the softeners, etc, I think "being backed up" is a thing. And not just b/c of the pain meds, but something called ileus, which occurs when the bowels have trouble waking up after surgery. Let's just say my night 3 was a night I will not soon forget. I was out of bed every 5 minutes, on my own, and I really thanked the nurse who didn't pass judgement at 2 a.m. when, let's just say, the floor of the room, or my bed, was really not a pretty sight. To make sure my bowels weren't blocked they added my abdomen to the post-op CT scan. Turns out my bowels were not blocked and a special diet for a day or two cured what was ailing them. But they found an infection in my prostate - possibly the result of the catheter. They (in Cleveland) had not seen this type of complication before. It led to some hand-wringing, a bunch of consulting with a bunch of different doctors, and a near-brush with prostate surgery. But my incredible surgeon's cooler (and smarter) head prevailed and I went on six weeks of Cirpo and an intravenous antibiotic (via a Pic line) as a precaution to spare any infection getting to the new valve. The infection went away. In the end, it was all really just an annoying distraction.
Paleo woman - that's great on the street clothes. Makes Total sense. I wonder if that's a UK thing. And this tip on the bed: Remember, they are (or in Cleveland were) filled with air. My biggest complaint, with the post-surgical back pain, was that the bed sagged. Finally, one nurse added air to the part of the mattress that sagged. Solved the problem. Foxtail - don't hesitate being a squeaky wheel on that if you're in a hospital with a saggy air-filled bed. Also, for the ICU - bring some noise-cancelling earphones or earplugs and an eye mask to drown out the light.
I think you misunderstood what I meant by screening. This is what I meant by screening.and I don't think they were able to screen my blood for it.
You're gonna do great! And if nothing else, I was so fascinated by the whole process (I'd never had so much as a broken bone before) that I let my interest and learning about the body's healing process guide me. Every day was another step. I'm now five months out and that's STILL the case! And I'm more in tune with my body than every before in my life. Eager to hear your updates on the other side!Hi All,
My first post was titled "16 Days Out And Getting Scared". Now it is 3 days out and I am scared...haha, just kidding. All of you have made me feel a lot better about the surgery.
I had my mitral valve repair in 2009. It went pretty well and it was my first surgery ever. Your prostatectomy caught my attention. I've been under AS since 2017, but I know that can change at any time. From my MR surgery experience and what I hear about a prostatectomy, I'd say you'll be just fine.Hi! I will try my best to avoid an infection. I don't have a prostate anymore... and don't usually have a problem with tight bowels. However, I will be on the "look out" for them thanks to your warning.