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…