A Surreal Day

#71
4 sessions to go. Becoming pretty routine now. Medication has eased my pain greatly and I'm noticing an improvement in the urinary function every day now. They have a custom whenever someone gets through all their sessions.....there's a bell hanging in the hallway that patients ring when therapy sessions complete. I'm going to make sure everyone hears it when it's my turn on Thursday. Telling me to become active when done, apparently the road to total recovery gets shorter the more one does something physical. So I'll be going back to basketball refereeing by the end of the month. I feel strong and not fatigued, ready for the home stretch.
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#72
Done. Rang the bell and walked out. I have a followup and PSA test in January. Doctor told me to double the dosage  (2 pills) of Tamsulosin for the next 30 days and get some exercise. Other than that, radiation sessions have ended. I feel good, hope that's the end of it. Percentages are on my side so I'm staying positive. A huge sigh of relief and on with life I go.
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#73
Hooray. Must have been a deep relief to finally reach that walking down the rice paper moment and picking up the hot cauldron with dragon-tiger brands on its sides.
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#74
(Oct 19, 2017 07:45 PM)C C Wrote: Hooray. Must have been a deep relief to finally reach that walking down the rice paper moment and picking up the hot cauldron with dragon-tiger brands on its sides.

CC, I can't believe I'm feeling as good as I do right now. Thanks for all those who took the time to read my prostate cancer adventure diary. I found it therapeutic in some ways. Not going to post here for a while, at least until my first PSA test in January. It will be a nervous time but I feel very confident that prostate cancer will not be the cause of my eventual demise. Wink See you then
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#75
Sorry, I meant to catch 'bell day' but missed it. Anyway, a belated 'Hooray' for Z.
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#76
The completion is good news.
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#77
Just had my first post radiation checkup. My new PSA reading is pushing 3, down from 9 last April. Doc says this is good. Apparently recovery can take up to 18 months. Next PSA test is July and at that time it would not be unusual for PSA reading to bounce up a little. According to Doc this is seen in many similar cases. The goal is to get reading down to 1 or less in next 15 months. They have treatments to help this along if necessary. I'm heading in the right direction. She prescribed plenty of exercise, that should be easy once golf season begins here. I was very anxious last few days but I'm feeling much better after our meeting. Thanks for reading and if what I've written the last few months helps someone else then even better.
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#78
(Jan 18, 2018 11:13 PM)Zinjanthropos Wrote: Just had my first post radiation checkup. My new PSA reading is pushing 3, down from 9 last April. Doc says this is good. Apparently recovery can take up to 18 months. Next PSA test is July and at that time it would not be unusual for PSA reading to bounce up a little. According to Doc this is seen in many similar cases. The goal is to get reading down to 1 or less in next 15 months. They have treatments to help this along if necessary. I'm heading in the right direction. She prescribed plenty of exercise, that should be easy once golf season begins here. I was very anxious last few days but I'm feeling much better after our meeting. Thanks for reading and if what I've written the last few months helps someone else then even better.


Yep, sounds like it's now a slow ride down the other side of the mountain, even if the readings should occasionally fluctuate somewhat along the way. Good medical science and no dependence upon Teela Brown luck!

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