9 week visit to specialist today, and the first thing he says is "You don't know how lucky you were".
Had been a bit worried about the visit as until you get that first blood test you don't know for sure if you are in the clear or not. He then goes through the full pathology report, multiple nodes, both sides of the prostate, front and rear with one in particular being a real nasty little fucker that would have gotten loose before long.
This after the biopsy that picked up 2 tumours after my prostate was used as a pincushion, it goes to show how inexact the process is and why blokes are still dying from this. So blood test has come back at .0008 PSA reading.....you're cured mate! Everything pointing to a good outcome, see you in 4 months.
Everything on track, continence has returned...can cough, sneeze, move quickly and no issues. Not to say it will be as it was but manageable.
As I write, the first Cialis is sliding down the throat courtesy of a couple of trial packs from the doc. Because I have had some limited erectile function returning he has put me on a low dose (5mg) to see how it goes....so hurry up and wait for my first real boner post surgery. The good news is that a VERY good bottle of wine awaits the occasion and I may even try to combine a VERY good punt at the same time (will just need to be sure it's a lady who will appreciate a 20yr old Shiraz).
Other good news is that post op, the old fella doesn't seem to have lost much. Truly inspiring news pre op is to expect a loss of 1 - 2 cm in length and 1cm in girth due to the urethra being cut and re-joined as part of the process but can happily report the difference isn't noticeable. (We'll see how the first real erection looks)
All up out of pocket cost after Medibank, medicare etc - $10,000 plus lost work, getting cut by one of the best doesn't come cheap. Qld Health have come to party with subsidised travel, reimbursing about $1800 in air fares and car travel so thankyou guvnor!
All the stereotypical bullshit aside, gents get yourself in for a check. And my advice is to not go for the small handed Asian female doctor as she will have to shove most of her hand up your arse to reach. Look for a piano playing sensitive type with long fingers