So it’s been four and a half years since my radical prostatectomy. How am I doing? (Remember, what follows is a graphic description, so proceed only if you want to read…)
PSA remained undetectable in my last screening in January, and I’m now on a 9 month screening schedule, so my next screening isn’t until September. That screening will be four months shy of the five year mark.
With my weight loss of 47 lbs. / 21 kg, I have noticed an improvement in my stress incontinence. There are fewer episodes and those that do happen are less significant (not that they were hugely significant to begin with). That’s a good sign. Still, as you saw from my last regular post, getting sick and doing some heavy coughing was an issue for me.
On a related note, I can sleep through most nights without having to make a run to the bathroom.
With only one nerve bundle and no chemical assistance, I’m doing okay. I can’t just will myself to have an erection like I did when I was 18, which means that external stimulation is needed to make things happen. Most of the time, my erections are in the 80% – 90% range which is good enough to achieve orgasm. On occasion, I can achieve an erection that matches those from pre-surgery days; and a few days, it just doesn’t happen at all.
Sometimes, orgasms can be quite intense; other times, they’re not much more than a whimper. Usually, they’re somewhere in between. Psychologically, I still am not keen with the concept of dry orgasms. It’s like, “What’s the point?” in my mind.
Overall, I’m pleased with where I’m at–cancer-free and living life.