FEBRUARY 1, 2011
If any of you in the western states heard a wild scream at that time, it was me as my catheter was being removed. I had thought that these devices only went into the bladder. It felt like mine was being pulled from my throat. In saying that I must admit that I am a wimp and am against pain in any form. My day at the doctor’s office began with a large but pleasant young woman escorting me to the exam room. When she told me to drop my pants and lay down on the exam table I did just that. In this state of Le Grand Exposé she began by taking the staples out of my abdomen incisions. Given the fact that I am beyond ticklish this was a mixture of hilarity and pain. For some reason at this point another young lady comes in to ask the first one a question. Perhaps the second female was just checking up on the first to see if some new form of torture had been discovered for future urilogical patients.
The “catheter” in for five days, while annoying, had not been as troublesome as I had expected. You have a large bag for nighttime use and a small bag that is attached to the inside of your calf for day use. To empty the day bag you just put your foot up on the edge of a toilet or fire hydrant whichever is closer and turn the valve.
When the office girls got done with me, the doctor came in to explain that pathology had confirmed 20% of my prostate to have been cancerous. The cancer appeared to be contained to the prostate, which is no longer among my current list of internal organs.
Then came the “Talk”. The good doctor gave me some free Viagra pills with these simple instructions: “Use it or loose it”
With those encouraging words I make my way though the waiting room wondering if my diaper make me look fat.