80 day checkup

Back to Perth to visit the urologist and men’s health doctor.

Mostly tracking OK.

Curiously, the pathology results of my prostate only give me a 78% chance of not having an increased PSA level within 3 years.  That’s 22% chance my PSA will go up again. And the surgeon reckons the cancer had not escaped from the prostate and the lymph glands and the area marginal to the prostate showed no sign of cancer. So where does this 22% chance come from – a microscopic cell of cancer that did escape and was not detected ?! Anyway, not much I can do about it now except regularly check my PSA and live healthily.  More tomatoes and green tea. What other dietary delights have people found to have worked – at least for them?

The “Dick Doctor” gave me something to inject into my penis.  Haven’t tried it yet. He reckons it needs to be done at least once a week to keep all the cells and membranes in working order. More on this after I try it.

 

Reiki trained and dangerous

I’ve now had my one-day Reiki training.  I can administer to myself and others.

To be honest, I’m still skeptical about it. There is so little hard evidence to support the science behind Reiki. Just anecdotal PH.reikistories.

But you do feel better after a Reiki session, even if there is doubt that there are any curative effects.

I will practice.

I was hoping Reiki, over time, may stimulate the nerves that have been traumatised/damaged.

If anyone has experience of Reiki supporting post-protatectomy recovery, I’d be interested to hear them.

My kids may not want to read today’s blog

Not that I think they read them, anyway.

I had my first orgasm this morning !

40 days after surgery.

No erection and obviously no ejaculation, but no pain nor urine either.

It followed a good pad-free night and morning pelvic floor exercises that were drip free. Also followed a session with the pump.

Too much information? Probably but I wasn’t expecting it so soon.

Not a big one – 4.6 on the richter scale – but an O nevertheless. 🙂

Reiki – first time

I had my first Reiki experience yesterday.

Why? well there was an article in a magazine I read that indicated that Reiki could help recovery from prostatectomy.  Maybe not a good reason, but I thought I’d try.  There are also many Reiki practitioners in Ubud.

The limited information and research there is on the web relates to Reiki and the usual causes of erectile dysfunction, such as getting old, stress, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, alcoholism, and so on. There is virtually nothing on helping to regenerate the nerves that were attached to the prostate, the ones that give a man an erection. If anyone knows of and research related to Reiki and nerve regeneration I’d be interested to read it.

Anyway, I felt great after the Reiki session I had. Not sure if it will help speed up recovery but I will have more sessions.

I did have my best pad-free night after it.  Maybe that was the Reiki.

 

Back to Pilates

5 weeks to the day after my operation I returned to Pilates class.

The Pilates exercises are excellent and I got through them with no soreness.  I’m confident they will help with prostatectomy recovery, not to mention general flexibility, fitness and well-being.

Pilates rocks!

A good night also – only one visit to the can – it’s the little things that keep you going 🙂

Treatment alternatives

Ubud is the centre of alternative remedies in Bali. Here are just a few that could possibly hasten erectile dysfunction recovery:

  • Massage: You can just about get any sort of massage you want in Bali.  The problem is that few masseuses really understand human physiology or anatomy.  Most massages follow a set pattern. To find someone who understands and can focus on the nerves that need stimulating is not easy.  Esalen massage is one style I think might help. I’m lucky I do have a great masseuse but I am looking for others.
  • Pilates: I have a great pilates teacher right next door. Pilates routines combined with the pelvic floor exercises I now do are sure to help.
  • Traditional healers: there’s a few of them – which ones are the best and can they really assist is open to question.  Doesn’t mean I won’t try one when the time is right.
  • Reiki: I have read in magazines that Reiki can help with recovery of erectile functions after prostate surgery.  There are a few well regarded Reiki therapists in Ubud.  I will try one.  She also offered to train me in a one-day workshop so I can administer myself and to others. The cost is only $165 and I get a certificate! Why not give it a go?!
  • Sound healing: so much of this in Ubud and very little evidence to prove any curative impacts.  Though listening to beautiful gonging in wonderful surroundings is certainly relaxing.  Then again, I have my own gong.  Maybe I should gong myself.
  • Hypnosis: I have a friend who thinks this will help – I will give it a try.
  • Ayurveda techniques: I know nothing about it but there are people here who say it will help.
  • Tantra: certainly an alternative to intercourse sex.  Worth looking into when we are ready.
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    Couldn’t resist a bit of personal sound healing

    Kinesiology: I have been contacted by a neuro-kinesiologist (what the heck is this, anyway) who want to charge me 195 euro a session (more than one session required!) to help me. That’s more that my surgeon charged and it ain’t going to happen.

  • Supplements: no shortage of these: natural and produced by the big vitamin companies – all with limited evidence of efficacy.

I’m not planning to rush into any of these (and there are probably more). It’s early days.  But over the next months I’ll try a few, not in any robust research manner, and I’ll blog what hopefully works for me.