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December 23, 2010

6 weeks after prostate cancer surgery

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 5:06 pm

I can now restart my exercise program.     I have been walking 2 miles every day since the surgery.   I even walked a little the day of surgery.   I have not missed a day of exercise in years, but I have a banking program.   So,  today I walked 2 miles and lifted one set of weights at about half what I was lifting prior to surgery.   No problems,  no pain.   Except,  it is very uncomfortable on a bicycle seat,  no riding today,  I will wait another week or two.

My plan over the next two weeks is to gradually pick up my walking pace from 17 to 18 minute miles to 14 or 15 min miles and lengthen it to 3 miles.   And to increase my weights lifted 5#’s every few days until I get closer to my old levels.

Incontinence is getting better every day, down to 2 or 3 pads, thinking about smaller pads.   I have tried every type of pad  and clip, I don’t like any.   Maybe I should design one.     The Acticuf is the closest to anything half tolerable.    Anyway, I am doing 2 to 3 sets of Kegel’s a day.   They seem to really help.    Caffiene makes it incontinence a lot worse, as does drinking too much of anything.    I am better in the morning, and worse at the end of the day.

December 20, 2010

Change

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 10:25 am

When someone is afraid of doing something new, You can’t make them do it,  you must do it with them.

Christmas note

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 10:24 am

Do you know why Atheists are always in a hurry?   They don’t have much time, where as we Christians have eternity!!!

December 16, 2010

5th week after Prostate Surgery

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 4:30 pm

Get your PSA tested early in life to develop a baseline, make sure it includes a digital exam.

Got my 30 day PSA test,  it was < 0.1 which is as low (wonderful).  I am very happy.   But my testosterone level has dropped a little,  down to 192, which is a lot below average.   Maybe that is why I am so tired.

Still walking,  a little faster, maybe 2 miles at 19 minutes per mile.  Lifting some weights,   10 and 15# dumbbells.    Can’t really exercise until 6 weeks.

My digestive system is working better every week.   Karen is an angel with helping with my diet.

Still a little incontinence,  still using a medium pad,  maybe 3 a day,  but none at night.   Wake up twice a night thinking I have to go to bathroom, and usually do.  Only a problem is during the day when sitting a long time, bending, lifting, laughing, etc.   Oh,  the pads aren’t very comfortable.   I have been trying a couple of clips suggested by the nurse, the J clip is not too bad, better than a pad.    The SqueezerKlip worries me,  I don’t use it.    It looks more like a torture device.    I have been doing my Kegel’s twice a day,  for about a week.  Did not do them earlier because I still had some pain in Perineum.    I stopped drinking caffiene,  that helps.

Probably more than you wanted to know.

December 12, 2010

Old Farmer’s Advice

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 7:12 pm

“Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.”

“Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.”

“Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.”

“A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.”

“Words that soak into your ears are whispered…….not yelled.”

“Meanness don’t just happen overnight.”

“Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.”

“Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.”

“It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.”

“You cannot unsay a cruel word.”

“Every path has a few puddles.”

“When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.”

“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”

“Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway.”

“Don ‘t judge folks by their relatives.”

“Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”

“Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.”

“Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.”

“Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.”

“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.”

“Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

“The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.”

“Always drink upstream from the herd.”

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.”

“Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.”

“If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.”

“Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.”

“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

December 10, 2010

Freedom quote

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 8:44 am

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
~Thomas Paine~

4 weeks after prostate cancer surgery

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 8:34 am

I am feeling better every day.     Probably doing better than the Doctor said I would, but not as well as I expected.     Still some dripping and male issues,  not very patient there.   Doing my incontinence exercises.   Seems to be getting better slowly.   Tried setting on a bicycle seat yesterday,  a little tender, but not bad.   Probably can ride in another 2 to 4 weeks.   The Doctor said 2 more weeks before I can lift, ride or run.   Still a lot of digestive issues, getting my system regulated.   But, we are trying a whole new diet,  that is probably not helping.    No meat except fish, less dairy, less sugar, more fruit and veggies.     And heaven help me,  Chocolate seems to bother me.

I have the big 30 Day PSA test next week,  expecting near zero.  But they say sometimes it takes more than 30 days to come down.

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