My Journey with Prostate Cancer: Week 2 Post Surgery

images-1What I found to be most helpful between my cancer diagnosis and my surgery were the stories of other heroes who had gone before me. 

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.  

VICTORIES: 

Rest/Sleep:
I had my first restful sleep last night since surgery.

Swelling:
The swelling in my genitals have all but disappeared… Thank Goodness!!  

Core Strength:
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.  

Appetite:
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 

CHALLENGES:
Incontinence:
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.

Core Strength:
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.

Swelling:
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.  

Pain:
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.

ED:
I still honestly, I have no idea. I am soo00000 not feeling sexy right now, lol.  Time will tell.

NEXT WEEK

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.  

 

 

In This Together,


Im
Coach Eric Hollingsworth
P90X, PiYo Certified Fitness Coach
MotivatedFitness@me.com

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