It helped to form a bridge between where I was and where I was headed… It helped to provide hope in the sea of uncertainty and overwhelming plethora of useless information.
I’ll be posting my recovery pics with notes to help provide a realistic insight of what to expect. Look for the tag
This week had a lot of ups and downs. On more than one occasion, I pushed myself too hard and my body gave me some IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK, lol.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been a bit frustrated. A good friend reached out to me and said, “Eric, you need to take a knee bro.. allow your body to heal. I couldn’t ask for better advice.
Here’s a list of y Victories and Challenges 2 weeks out from surgery.
I had my first restful sleep last night since surgery.
The swelling in my genitals have all but disappeared… Thank Goodness!!
While the beginning of the week proved to be a considerable challenge for me, I am regaining more and more of my core strength every day. I can get around the house will little to no effort. Getting up from the couch is no longer a struggle.
My appetite is pretty much back to normal. Once I had my first bowel movement I was good to go. I make sure to eat lots of foods packed with fiber throughout the day, packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber
Again, this is an issue, but was expected. I really wish that I had read this article prior to my surgery. I was unaware that the surgery involves the “removal” of the internal bladder sphincter muscle, nor did I realize that the prostate played a role in continence. So now I am only left with the external bladder sphincter muscle which is not solely responsible for the work that was originally designed for three.
I went out to breakfast earlier this week and had 2 cups of coffee and two glasses of water.. BIG MISTAKE. Within the course of an hour I had to go to the bathroom 4 times! We even had to pull over to a gas station on the way home. Coffee will unfortunately be a NO NO for me when out in public. The link above sheds light on why my frequency has increased.
Earlier this week I went to see a movie with my family. Of course, I had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the show. While crouching over and heading towards the end of the aisle way, I had to stop because someone was coming up the steps. The action of stopping, changing direction, and standing up from a stoop was just too much for my healing core to handle and I “fell.” I felt like an old man! Ugh, just a couple weeks a go I was doing non stop burpees for 7 minutes straight and now I cant even stand straight up. That was my body telling me once again to SLOW DOWN and Take a Knee.
I almost placed my gut cavity distention in the Victory column, as the swelling has gone down a bit, but it still remains an issue.
I still have surgical glue on my incisions, but they are healing well. I went out grocery shopping earlier this week and after about an hour of just walking, I started to develop a pain in my side next to one of my incisions. It also wore me out! Once again, my body is giving me some serious feedback on what I can and cannot do right now.
I still honestly, I have no idea. I am soo00000 not feeling sexy right now, lol. Time will tell.
Next week is a big one for me. I have a follow up appointment with my surgeon where I will find out if my cancer has been contained to the prostate or if it has spread to other areas of my body.