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Best wishes Grant for the surgery.
And to Susan too.
Hope it all goes well, and the recovery is straightforward.
(Me, I'm doing fine. No chemo or surgery, but 2 more years of hormones - Oh Dear!!!! - plus the radiotherapy last year. PSA <0.2 from 36 to start, everything looks good, hope it does for you too!)
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Thanks for all the kind and supportive comments, it's very much appreciated. Susan read out many of your comments while I was lying in a hospital bed, and it felt wonderful to have so many care how I'm doing. Thanks again, you make me proud to know you.
Right now I'm home, sitting up and mobile, and did a short walk in a nearby park today. Slowwwwly, only about half a kay, but better than the 30 meters around the hospital ward two few days ago and worlds better than on Tuesday afternoon, after the morning surgery, when the nurse got me up and moving. Bad idea. I hit the deck within a couple of meters. Out cold, eyes wide open, not responding. Nurse hit the Code Blue button, and by the time I came around there were 15 people in the room checking me out!
Of course I fell in the corner, where they had a tough time getting at me (I like to make things tough for them... someday I'll tell you another medical story...) All I could see was a whole lot of faces leaning over me and lots of people talking medical talk like you see on TV, slapping ekg? patches on me and taking blood samples etc! (I'm still peeling the goo off from the patches.) And I'm still lying on the floor in the corner.
Once they got a response out of me, and I seemed ok, they decided it was time to move me. You'd think that would be simple - but these are the days of Health and Safety, and making sure nobody gets injured by lifting anything too heavy etc at work, so instead of a couple of strong orderlies dragging me out and sliding me onto a stretcher, they had to get "the sling". Think of the traditional "stork delivering a baby" picture, only a 6 foot tall man in the same sling, arms and legs dangling, the usual hospital gown and no dignity, swinging from an overhead crane...
Anyway, I was ok. I normally have very low blood pressure, and with the blood loss from the surgery and getting up and moving, probably too quickly, I had a "vasovagal episode" as they term it. In simple terms, I fainted. No injuries in the fall. The open eyes freaked them out though. And scared Susan half to death. So they held me over an extra day to make sure I was ok, and as my blood pressure rose from 80 over 45 to 120 over 66, normal for me, I felt a lot better, and they finally let me go.
I'm feeling pretty good all things considered, and am now back online for probably a couple of hours a day for a bit, and getting better every day.
Now 12 days after the surgery, and I walked a couple of km today, so big progress!
McCrankpin, hang in there - hormones suck, but there's other things that are worse! You'll beat this, as will I.
Thanks very much for that Grant. You're absolutely right.
Good to hear you're out and about pretty quickly. Good progress with the walking. Keep it up. Like me, maybe you'll find some places you used to ride to are now somehow more enjoyable if you walk to them.
Yep, whatever you enjoyed before this episode, make sure you enjoy it even more now. That's what I think.
Here in UK they say plenty of walking is the best exercise for long-term recovery and minimising the side-effects. After surgery or radiotherapy. So I do plenty of it.
During the daily radiotherapy, I often found the train the best way to get there, with a 3-mile round trip walk between station and hospital. So that was a good start.
Then I found that a pub that I sometimes ride to, I can reach from home via 5 miles of cross-country footpaths with less than 200 yards of tarmac. (Shorter distance than riding there).
So it now gets a bit more business from me than before.
Originally Posted by Grant Johnson
(I like to make things tough for them... someday I'll tell you another medical story...)
Right! Your "vasovagal episode" reminds me of the aftermath of a bicycle accident, at about 15 years of age, having my nose re-aligned in hospital. A day or so before being sent home I woke in the middle of the night, no idea why, and saw 4 or 5 faces peering down at me. Heard something about "no need to worry."
Then, I felt that oh-so-strange sensation, that I had last had about 5 years earlier.
Impossible to describe - the sudden other-worldly realisation that you've been up and about, exploring, whilst fast asleep, and knowing absolutely nothing about it....
"Have you sleepwalked before?"
"Lots of times, many years ago."
"That's alright then."
And the faces slowly departed one by one.
One nurse remained. Whispering.
"You were running up and down the ward - no one could catch you! Saying something - no one could work out what.
Do you really not remember any of it?"
"Well, I'm really glad you did it. I've always felt envious of nurses who say there's been a patient sleepwalking on their ward - now I can say the same!"
So it served some purpose I suppose. And I got the walking exercise really early - before I even knew about it......
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