Currently, I score mild (5 points) on the index. The reason I have as many points as I do currently is that I think I have a weak stream. I had a much stronger stream a year ago. My stream is still much stronger than it was before my surgery. Read more . . .
One of the indicators of prostate problems is having to get up at night and go to the bathroom. Frequent urination is something that many men learn to live with as they get older.
I have been working too many hours lately. I have been lucky to get 4, maybe 5, hours of sleep a night. With only 4 to 5 hours in bed it is not difficult to make it through the night without having to get up.
For the last several days I got a break at work. I was able to leave work early for several days in a row. I was even able to get more than 8 hours of sleep every night. That was a welcome change.
On the second morning I was in the bathroom taking care of business. I stood in front of the toilet and it just kept flowing. I then realized I had made it through the night without getting up to urinate. I remembered that i slept through the night the night before, too.
It was not that long ago when I was getting up a couple times a night to go to the bathroom. Before my HoLAP surgery 18 months ago, I never slept the whole night through. I don't miss those nights at all.
After almost 18 months after my prostate surgery, I am thankful for the benefits of the surgery. Read more . . .
Another blogger who had prostate problems found this site and gave me a link back. Thanks! But that is not why I am writing.
I had a HoLAP procedure on my enlarged prostate.The other blogger had a green laser treatment of his prostate. He wrote a chronicle of his prostate problems. He starts with a description of why he calls his blog Pee In Morse Code. He describes his prostate surgery with the Green Light PVP procedure. He also describes his recovery and the health of his prostate as the years go by. For anyone considering treatment for BPH, his blog is a must read.
I must say that his experience was much different than mine. He had lots of post-surgery pain and blood clots. After my HoLap procedure, there was virtually no pain, but I still had a Foley catheter. He also had lots of urinary tract irritation and, apparently, the medications he was prescribed offered little relief. The irritation was most likely due to the green light laser inserted through his urethra. Read more . . .
I wrote previously about having to wear a Foley catheter. At the time I wrote those posts I could not recall the analgesic that I used to relieve the irritation and pain of the catheter. Well, I found a pill bottle with my leftover stash.
During each of my two emergency room visits the doctors inserted a latex catheter. The latex irritated me. Most likely I had an allergic reaction to the latex. Also, the latex catheter was stiff. Every time I sat down or bent over, there was a pain where the catheter bent inside my groin.
During my second ER visit, I pleaded with the doctor to give me something for the irritation and pain. He wrote me a prescription for Pyridium. Pyridium is a tradename for phenazopyridine. It is an analgesic for the urinary tract. The drug is a tablet taken orally, preferably with food. It is quickly secreted through the kidneys and relieves pain and irritation from the catheter. Read more . . .
I had my laser (HoLAP) surgery 15 months ago for my enlarged prostate after I was diagnosed with acute bacterial BPH. A lot has happened to my body in those 15 months. As told elsewhere on the site, my foreskin restoration is progressing. Now it is time to report on the state of my prostate.
My immediate recovery from surgery was uneventful. There was very little lingering pain. When I urinated, my stream was mostly normal colored. But, there were a few times the first few days when small blood clots came out with my urine. Five days after my HoLAP prostate surgery I had the surgery catheter removed. I have been urinating on my own ever since. Read more . . .
As noted in my last blog, I was scheduled for prostate surgery. I was told to be at the hospital at 1:30 that afternoon. The surgery was as an outpatient and I was supposed to be able to go home in a few hours. I could eat and drink only up until midnight the night before. I got to the hospital nervous and hungry. Thirsty, too.
The surgery was to start at 4:30 that afternoon. Talking to the check-in nurse, I found out that my urologist had several patients before me that he was operating on. I was to be the last. I hoped he was not going to be too tired. But, I thought, he should have lots of practice by the time he gets to me. My wife and I waited in the waiting room for about an hour before they called us back. Read more . . .
My urologist gave me the options for fixing my BPH: surgery or drugs, and he did not thing the drugs were a good option. My prostate was 50 grams and myurethra was almost completely blocked. Antibiotics were no help in opening up my urethra. So, if I wanted to use drugs like Avodart or Proscar, I would have to wear the catheter for several months until the prostate shrunk enough. Ugh. That was not a good option.
Then there is surgery. I asked about the less invasive laser treatments, such as the green laser. My urologist said those laser treatments would require me to continue wearing the catheter until my prostate shrunk enough from the laser treat. He said that the laser destroyed the inside of the prostate and that the prostate would collapse on itself, making my urethral opening larger. But, that takes time.
Finally, after 2-1/2 weeks I got in to see a urologist. This guy is highly recommended. I found out later that other urologists chose to go to my urologist.
The first thing they did was remove the catheter. It was not painful at all, this time. I was either used to it or the nurse was much more experienced. I think it was the level of experience. The doctor did the usual things, digital rectal exam, ultrasonic probe up the butt. He said my prostate was about 50 grams. He prescribed a stronger antibiotic, told me to come back in a week.
He wanted me to continue wearing a catheter. He said my trouble with the catheter I had was because it was a latex catheter. He put in a silicone catheter that was a lot more flexible. It felt much better. Read more . . .
As mentioned in my last blog entry, I made a trip to the emergency room at the local hospital to have a catheter inserted in my penis. The catheter relieved my acute urinary retention problem.
I did not know what to expect. I was ever rarely sick. Never had a catheter anywhere near my body. This catheter was about as thick as a pencil. It was inserted, with silicone lube, into my meatus, through my penis, through my closed up prostate gland, and into my full bladder. Once in place, the nurse inflated a balloon at the end of the catheter so that it would stay in place. Read more . . .
Tuesday night I worked late. There wasn't anything out of the ordinary, but I my butt did hurt. For the past several weeks, I had trouble sitting for extended periods. That is a problem because I have a desk job. It sort of felt like I was constipated. And, it got worse the longer I sat.
Well, anyway, I got home that night about midnight. I puttered around the house for just a few minutes and then went to bed. Little did I realize that I would not be getting any regular sleep again for a long time. Read more . . .
Restoring Tally is just an ordinary guy who had to confront his prostate and circumcision problems. This site chronicles his journey in dealing with these issues. He has had prostate surgery and he is restoring his foreskin.