Zapping Session #9 – Quasi-Fail

At the start of this adventure, I set a goal to not have my bladder interfere with a session. I failed that this morning.

I pretty much followed my normal drinking schedule to fill my bladder for the session, but I could tell driving into the parking lot that this was going to be a close call. They called me back to the zapping room pretty much on time, but there was another prostate patient wrapping up his session, so I had to wait another ten minutes. As I waited, I could feel the pressure in my bladder getting even worse.

When he wrapped up his session, they called me back to the table and I told them we were in the “danger zone,” so they put an absorbent pad on the table just in case. As I sat on the table, I realized that I wasn’t going to make it and made a mad dash to the toilet, getting there just in the nick of time. And, because once I start emptying my bladder, I can’t stop in mid-stream and only partially empty it. It’s all or nothing. My bladder was empty.😡

The technicians had me stay in the area, drink some more water, and wait while they mapped the next patient. About twenty minutes later, I was back on the table, absorbent pad still beneath me, and we zapped away. By the time we were done, I was making a second mad dash to the toilet because my bladder was filled to capacity again.

In the end, the session was completed successfully.

7 thoughts on “Zapping Session #9 – Quasi-Fail

  1. cdcfbw

    Been there- almost done that! Once I had to go and did the same thing with postponing zapping but the technicians where very helpful and there was no real problem except for my damaged ego. It is a trick to pull it all together. One day you will look back on this and have a good laugh.


  2. You’re a better man than me Dan, on the back of your experiences I’m going to seek a dispensation to wear the Canadian made Dribblestop “Safe, Easy to use, Effective” Male Urinary Incontinence Clamp. I’ll let you know if the Radiation Oncologist finds it in her heart to take pity on me – to date she has shown little sympathy in my plight, I’ve joked with her that I believe she is acting for the sisterhood!


    1. Thanks! Yeah, I’m not so sure that a clamp would have held back that bursting dam this morning… 😉 I have another blog reader who uses a clamp and will be starting RT in a few months. I asked my tech if they could be worn during the zapping, but she gave me a squishy answer. I don’t think she knew what I was talking about.


  3. Ken G

    Dan, all I can say is hang in there. This happens at least once to , I’m guessing, most men doing radiation to the prostate or prostate bed.
    I had one experience where I actually peed all over the table. The tech laughed it off and said, don’t worry about it, happens all the time. Full bladder and empty rectum are the toughest parts to Salvage Radiation, IMO. It will get better, and soon it will be over.


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