Week 17 – On Track

Hello again, everyone!

It’s been a pretty good week. Work has been hectic and I think I’m finally settled back into the routine, as “routine” as things are these days.

On Sunday, I made a trip to Chicago and back to attend the visitation for my brother-in-law’s mother; she passed away on Thursday after 88 years on this Earth.

Both my sister and brother-in-law instructed me not to make the 4-hour drive because the weather Saturday night was crappy–rain, freezing rain, and snow. Oh. And because I wasn’t “normal.” 🙂 I guess they meant that I haven’t fully recovered from the surgery.

I told them I’d check the weather in the morning, and if it looked good, I’d come up anyway. I wanted to be there to support them (and to prove that I am “normal”). Everyone was surprised to see me and told me how well I looked (I need to buy them glasses). I guess people think that I should look differently as a cancer patient. Maybe it’s that stereotypical image of the patient who’s gone through chemo or radiation that gets lodged in people’s minds. I don’t know. Regardless, they were all glad to see that I was doing well and up and about.

I did stop for a good ol’ Chicago Italian beef sandwich on the way out of town. Mmmm-mmmm. No one around here makes a sandwich like that!

So it made for a long day–4 hours up, 3 hours there, and 4 hours back–but I’m glad I did it. It was a good test to prove that I can travel some again. It wasn’t without its differences though. Before the surgery, I’d typically just make one “pit stop” at a rest area, but on both trips I had to make three. No biggy.


BIOLOGY REFERENCES AHEAD

From the incontinence perspective, it was a week where I don’t feel as though I made much progress. In fact, on Saturday, it seemed like a setback.

I was just working in my home office on some things for work, and it seemed that no matter what I did, I sprung a leak. Blinked an eye. Leaked. Reached for a pen. Leaked. Stood up. Leaked. Hair fell out of my balding head. Leaked. I was quite annoyed at the situation and even a bit worried about what would happen on the trip to Chicago the next day.

Nothing. Nothing happened. I had one of my driest days in a while on the trip up and back. Go figure. Monday was fine. Tuesday was fine during the day, but Tuesday night, I was doing chores around the house and it was Saturday all over again.


One of the reasons I’m posting this later than I planned was that I had my follow-up appointment with the surgeon late this afternoon.

We reviewed my case and he says that I’m on track and nothing seems out of the ordinary:

  • The 2-4 trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night are typical for the first 6 months.
  • The increased leakage late in the day is normal as the body is fatigued.
  • There will be good days/weeks and worse days/weeks.

All-in-all, he was pleased with my progress and reminded me that the infection really did a number on my system, slowing the normal recovery process. We’ve scheduled the 6 month PSA test for 4 August and another follow-up for 11 August to get those results. Hope for another undetectable reading.


POTENTIAL PURCHASING REFERENCE AHEAD

Okay. Another reason that this is a later than usual posting is, after the doctor’s appointment, I stopped by my favorite car dealer to take a spin in a car that they’ve got on the lot that I’ve had my eye on for a while now.

Rather than have me take it for a normal test drive, the salesman let me take it home overnight. I told him that I have to stick around the house tomorrow for a delivery, and that I may not be able to make it back by their 6 PM closing time tomorrow night. “That’s okay. Just bring it back Saturday morning,” he said. Pretty nice of them. (One of the reasons it’s my favorite car dealer.)

It’s a pretty sweet ride, but I’m not sure I’m going to make the leap on that particular car. (It’s a different model than my current car, and I wanted to check it out because I really haven’t had any experience in that model.) We’ll see.

And, no, this isn’t a true impulse buy–I’ve been thinking about this well before the surgery. Of course, that assumes that I go forward with either model. When it comes to something like this, I’m never impulsive! I think I annoyed the crap out of the salesman who sold me my car 6 years ago for nearly 18 months. 😦

So that’s it for this update.

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