Today, we are ashore.
and why we are not "out there" now.
we hope to be back aboard as soon as we can.
Position Report April 10, 2011
A quick update.
Once more, this is not about sailing at dawn, or into the sunset, but it does impact our cruising. SORRY.
On February 1, I checked into the hospital at about 0730. I was asked MANY questions, put on a bed and prepared for surgery. Best thing, the bed was heated! WOW, never expected that. I asked the anesthesiologist if I was going to get the same stuff that Michael Jackson got. She said yes, BUT assured me she would NOT go out of the room for any reason! ;-)
At about 0900 I was rolled into the surgery room and I looked over at the De Vinci robot. It was covered and I didn't get to see it as I expected. I turned my head to ask if I could see it, just before I opened my mouth, I then woke up in the recovery room!
Not long after, I moved to a standard room.
That same evening by about 1800, I was up and able to walk the halls.
The next day, I was out of the hospital before noon! I didn't feel great, but was doing OK. From then on the most pain meds I needed was Excedrin.
After 1 week I had an appointment with the Doc. During the apt, I was told that he felt like he got all of the cancer, but the pathologist thought he MAY not have gotten it all. So, for some time we were walking lightly, waiting for more news. A LOT of stress and many sleepless nights.
They like to do follow on PSA testing every 3 months for at least a year, sometimes 2, to make sure everything is good. After surgery, the PSA should be 0.
On April 1 I had blood drawn for an early test to see how I was doing. On April 4, I had another appointment. The doctor said my PSA was 0!!! What a relief! Finally a good nights sleep. So, for the next year I need to have a blood test every 3 months to make sure everything is OK.
That's about it for now and we are planning for our next cruising adventures!
After our time out there, and now with this taking place, we say even more forcefully, GO CRUISING NOW, don't wait till is WAS an idea that can't be undertaken.
You can see an easy to watch (if you want to) video of the De Vinci robot working in this YouTube video. This is not my doctor, but it does show the workings. It scared me, but sure seemed to work well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsC1LbkWrDY
To see how delicate the robot works, take a look at this NO BLOOD video. It's a fun one! A doctor folds and throws paper airplane using a da Vinci Robot. Wait till you see the size of the paper airplane. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq-_riKtzsY
What are the key statistics about prostate cancer?
I have to tell you, this is definitely going to put a crimp in our near term cruising plans.
THANKS for reading this. If you are, we consider you a friend, and, did I say: “If you are a guy reading this, GO GET A PSA TEST.”
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