cancer diary

7. CRP 1 + my frayed friend

Wandered to the pathologist up the road this morning where, at about 10:15am I was drained of the first of 6 blood samples to test for highly reactive C-Reactive Protein (CRP).

The place was quite empty. Apparently the morning rush (the people fasting) had just finished. Chinese pathologist made 6 photocopies of my doctor’s request and she was quick and efficient with her needle work. Fortunately, I think it will be bulk billed. That put a spring into my step and I didn’t mind at all that she gave me a short lecture on how important it as to follow my Doctor’s orders to the letter.

Later I visited my old friend, Roger. How I feel for him. His prostate story very similar to mine except that he had his cut out 3 weeks ago. He moved slowly, was looking frayed, and warned me about the extended recovery period. Painful to sit, catheter very unpleasant. He was in hospital 3 days and had the catheter removed after a week. He said several times that he felt mutilated.

He described his post operative experience as difficult to sleep except on your back because it’s painful to roll on your side. Not talked about is the fact that the penis is shortened by being drawn in to the space the prostate previously occupied. Yikes! Perhaps I should be more anxious than I am…

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  1. James

    Now that’s a side effect I hadn’t thought about!

    Re: sleep I had a similar experience with my shoulder which stopped me from side sleeping for about 2 months, got quite used to it quite quickly though.

    And, naturally, if there are any sort of heavy duty sleeping sedatives available… make sure you get a double order 🙂

  2. Lisa Roberts

    Dear Simon,

    Not sure if this is helpful, but early this morning my good friend had another bout of heart irregularity, and although I had asked him to wake me, so I might comfort him through the anxiety, I found I it more difficult that I had expected. I want to fix him, but clearly I can’t. The prospect of losing him, or having him in any way damaged, all seems so unreal. I’ve struggled with how to feel, never having been in this situation. We found it helped just to talk about what we valued in each other. We have been enjoying all the simple pleasures – making meals together, walking, talking about the things that mean most to us. Communication is good. Life is richer.

  3. Tim

    At the rate everyone is trying to scare you I think everyone needs to be a bit more positive about it. How lucky you are that the cancer (sorry I used that word)has been found and that you are seeing a top doctor that knows what he is doing. All this carrying on about not being able to sleep, having a shorter dick ( that’s a new one) etc etc is BS. Of course Roger is still recovering and feeling a bit tender- they only cut him up 3 weeks ago. By the way I think you should give the doctor a camera so we can see what he got up to during the operation- it would add a bit of humour this this site- It needs it. I ‘d go back to laying the bricks but don’t fall off the scaffolding -that would hurt LT

  4. Simon

    You’re right!

    I’m positive and still grinning and have just come down from my scaffolding/trestles as I strive to complete the eastern wall. Nothing like a deadline…

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