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  1. #41
    Quote Originally Posted by MRJ View Post
    I brought a robe and slippers. The slippers didn't get used as they had put on traction socks.

    You'll have a drainage line. Is you look at your hospital gown, you'll find a slit in the front big enough to slip the bulb through and put that in the front pocket of the gown.

    Put your robe on letting the cath line hang under you gown and bring the line out through the gap in the robe.

    You're now ready to walk the hospital floors.

    Also, my hospital used the elastic bands to secure the catheter line to me leg. It failed right away when I started walking. Ask for a Bard Statlock patch. Much more secure.
    That definitely helps, thank you.

    The robe is to keep my butt from shining like Jack Nicholson's in that move....can't remember the name. The front will be covered by the gown.

    I think I even forehead palmed myself once I realized it. 😁

  2. #42
    Quote Originally Posted by Another View Post
    Open robe is not an issue. With a catheter you won't get out of the hospital bed until you get dressed and leave.

    Remember, there's no stupid questions, only stupid people.
    You didn't get up and walk the halls? I thought that was a requirement?

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    Nope. It was a one night stay the day of the surgery. Slept most of the day and night. Left mid morning the next day.

    You're not going to be up and walking a couple of hours after the surgery. You will still be feeling the effects of the anesthesia. I walked around the room a little bit the next morning before prepping to leave just to test my legs.

    This is a major surgical event. Staying in bed the day of the surgery is a good idea, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Another View Post
    Nope. It was a one night stay the day of the surgery. Slept most of the day and night. Left mid morning the next day.

    You're not going to be up and walking a couple of hours after the surgery. You will still be feeling the effects of the anesthesia. I walked around the room a little bit the next morning before prepping to leave just to test my legs.

    This is a major surgical event. Staying in bed the day of the surgery is a good idea, imo.
    I was encouraged to get up and walk right away. My surgery was in the morning, recovered in my room in the afternoon, walked before and after dinner. The next morning up walking again with coffee before breakfast, walked again before lunch and was discharged sent home late afternoon.

    For me, it felt good to walk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trex Dino View Post
    I was encouraged to get up and walk right away. My surgery was in the morning, recovered in my room in the afternoon, walked before and after dinner. The next morning up walking again with coffee before breakfast, walked again before lunch and was discharged sent home late afternoon.

    For me, it felt good to walk.
    Wow! Good to hear. I slept mostly.

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    Wow! Good to hear. I slept mostly.
    Guess I will find our sooner than later. Most stories I read seemed to lean towards getting the patient up and moving as fast as possible.

    I'm least looking forward to the liquid diet the day before. That wasn't fun for the colonoscopy.
    Last edited by IceStationZebra; 11-19-2019 at 12:40 AM.

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    If they use the elastic bands to secure the catheter wrap it with an ace bandage to keep it from sliding around. The one that sticks on is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Another View Post
    Wow! Good to hear. I slept mostly.
    Sleep sounds good. My whole life on a farm, riding horses, sports, junior rodeo, military and nearly four decades of my working career I was conditioned to get up back into the game when my cage got rattled no matter how hard.

    I mention this to understand my mindset on how I personally deal with any type of setback. Explains why I am now a stubborn old cuss.
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    11/6/18 GP freq urine/retro ejact. PSA 7.1 (RX Proscar/Flomax)
    12/18 PSA 4.1 14.8% Free Proscar? MRI Lesion 1.6cm. Lymph nodes sim to 2016 CT, prostate norm size. Stage 3. PIRADS 4
    1/19 Biopsy 2/5/19 DX
    2/19 Bone/CT scans: No evid met chest/abd/pelvis
    3/2019 RALP Cath out/post-op path rpt week later:
    G9 (4+5) (65-70% + 15-20%)
    Dominant tumor: 4.3 cm apex to base, bilat.
    LNI+ (4 of 12 on R, largest 4mm, 1 of 8 on L, 9 mm)
    EPE+ (right lat., post. and L lat. aspects apex to base and at ant. mid aspect)
    Intaraductal component+, BNI-, SVI+, LVI+
    SM+ (carcinoma unifocally extends to ant. mid margin area of EPE (2mm)
    Prostate fat: neg. pT3b pN1
    5/2019 Casodex 2-weeks. uPSA 0.11
    5/24 uPSA 0.11 Lupron injection
    6/19 uPSA .02
    8/7 began 39 sessions RT 70.2 Gy (last session 10/1)
    8/23 uPSA .01 Lupron injection
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceStationZebra View Post
    Guess I will find our sooner than later. Most stories I read seemed to lean towards getting the patient up and moving as fast as possible.

    I'm least looking forward to the liquid diet the day before. That wasn't fun for the colonoscopy.
    I walked, but not the day of the surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceStationZebra View Post
    You didn't get up and walk the halls? I thought that was a requirement?
    It was for me. I was happily sleeping away late in the evening after my surgery when I was awakened by a small team of nurses telling me I had to get up and walk around the hall.

    I was incredulous and thought that would have been impossible. But, with their guidance, I slowly made it around the nurses' station and then it was back to bed. Probably took me 2 seconds to fall back asleep and I was glad I was able to make my little trek.
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