6 months – the good and the bad

The good is that I’m feeling great and recent checks have my PSA at zero. Leaking is minimal – except when I cough or sneeze.

The bad is that erections have not returned – though I know it is still early days. Injections, while they swell the penis, do not make it hard and the pain afterwards is considerable. I’m going to stop these for the moment.

Next thing to try is acupuncture. Not sure the traditional Chinese style will work – more interested in dry needling in the right areas. It’s all experimentation. And, to be honest, none of the doctors really seem to have a grasp as to what works. So I will keep trying new ideas and treatments.

Tantra

Spent last week on a Tantra retreat for couples. More about relationships and mindfulness, rather than sex, but included a few “tips and tricks.” The retreat was facilitated by a wonderful lady from Australia, Jacqueline Hellyer.

Why Tantra? Well with ED being an issue, why not explore other ways of being intimate.  Bali has a few Tantra options, some not appealing to my partner, but this one was informative, practical and “no sleaze.” I would recommend it for all couples.

Had my 5 month PSA test today – results tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Still doing Pilates. But I’ve been a bit slack with my pelvic floor exercises – thought I had the leaking under control – mostly is, but I need to keep up the exercises.

 

Penile injections

2 words that bring a tear to every man !

Well I’ve done it – it works – erection lasted over 2 hours – intercourse possible. Not painful but very strange feeling after. Really not something I want to do every day. The doc reckons I should inject once a week, just to keep the cells and membranes flexible. Hmmm.

I guess it is all progress.

At least my partner is happy 🙂

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.

 

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.