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 🙂