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September 13, 2011

10 months after Prostate Cancer Surgery

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 2:07 pm

Well,  got the results of my 4th PSA blood test post Prostate Cancer Surgery and they were still <0.1 or undetectable.    I am blessed!    Getting better every day with incontinence.    I would say 110% of prior on all levels, except for item 2 below.   Most of the time I do not wear a pad,  and when I do it is a women’s Poise very light liner and I cut it in half.   I only wear it when I am wearing light colored pants, or at night in bed.   Truth be known, I probably leaked this much prior to surgery.   I still do Kegel’s, but only 1 set of  10 a day.   20 seconds on, 5 seconds off 1st thing in the morning.     I usually do them when I am doing my mild Yoga ham string stretches and back exercises.   I stopped doing mega Kegel’s after I had done 10,000 (really, I have the charts to prove it).   If I have had too much caffeine or too many beers,  I leak a little more.   But, usually less than 1 gram.   Sometimes an issue when one passes gas.

I restarted my testosterone cream and Thyroid meds 5 months ago,  two blood tests since and both were undetectable.  I stopped taking both during just prior to surgery.    All my testosterone and Thyroid blood levels are now low to mid level.    They were below prior.   I have not tenderness nor pain when riding a bicycle nor when running (if you call a 12 minute mile running.   I do ride a Terry bicycle saddle,  so I don’t know how a regular bicycle saddle would feel.   Even on bumpy roads, no pain nor discomfort.   Karen and I rode from New Buffalo, Mi. to Mackinaw City along the Lake Michigan shoreline in August (508 miles).   No pain nor discomfort other than the hills.

The biggest changes in my life have been two things.  1.  Diet,   Karen takes very good care of me.   We eat 3 to 5 fruits a day, and 3 to 5 veggies a day.  We try to eat Organic of both when available.     We do have an Organic garden this summer, so that helped.   During all this ,  I have lost about 8 pounds in the last 6 months.  Would still like to lose another 4 pounds.   Oh,   I still eat dark chocolate.    2.  I have tried all sorts of impotency pills, devices, prescriptions, etc.   If you want the details, email me individually.   None of them work.   I have not tried injections!!!

I still take a plethora of vitamins and herbs.   4000 mg of Vitamin d,  lots of fish oil, lots of Cinn, a little niacin, melatonin, baby aspirin,  etc.   My Cholesterol is 188, HDL is 49, BP is 104/74 and resting pulse is 55 to 60.

So,  in summary,  doing great.   I say 110% of prior because we have adjusted my dosage of testosterone and thyroid correctly and I lost 8#’s.

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