Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Yellow River by I P Freely

Good news everybody! My catheter was removed yesterday morning and my bladder function has returned to normal. Yay! Urinating has never bought me so much joy and happiness.

It was rather a surreal experience... me sitting in the Urology clinic waiting room, surrounded by 70 year old men, waiting to have my tubes and bag removed.

I won't go into all the gory details, but needless to say having two nurses watch you take your first piss in over a week is really nerve wracking.

Fortunately I haven't done any long term damage to my bladder, but I do need to keep an eye on things and have regular checkups with my doctor.

Unfortunately, my prostate still isn't quite right. My 2nd PSA test (Prostate Specific Antigen - apparently its a common thing to look at for cancer pre-cursors) came back abnormally high for my age. And with my prostate still enlarged and my family history of cancer in that area, they are a little bit concerned.

A 31 year old man just doesn't get an infection in that area... it was a little embarrassing having to ask the Urologist if all the vigorous bum fun I've had recently may have been the cause. He was very noncommittal on that answer, and tended to look at the floor while not really answering my question. I think I managed to embarrass him.

So it looks like I may have to have a biopsy in the very near future. Hopefully the drugs I'm taking will work a miracle before I go back to see the specialist again next week.

Once again... I'm way too young for this shit.

9 comments:

The Mutant said...

Oh man, that's kinda full-on, I hope its all okay though. Remember if your doc has any issue with the bum-fun thing you should probably ask for a referral to another Urologist.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that it all goes okay for you though.

Damien NZ said...

I agree with Mutant (no surprise - he's a smart lil fucker) - if your doctor is uncomfortable discussing mechanics - get a new doctor.

SERIOUSLY - my nan's cancer was missed by an UNCOMFORTABLE doctor.

Of you go to Doc # 2 mister.

Damien NZ said...

PS Hey Ben - Ive applied for a Job in brisvegas - keep ya fingers crossed - i could be coming home :)

phishez said...
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phishez said...

Congratulation on NOT pissing razors. I have been following this, even if I haven't commented. Here's to hoping its some kind of freaky infection. Then you should give your prostate all the love and attention it deserves.

Once it recovers.

Sam said...

a bag. of your piss. It's like take home watersports!

Tom Gaylord said...

If you have any questions about invasive biopsy procedures, ask away, I've had about 712 in my life, inside and out.....

You're medical pain in the arse does have a silver lining however..... I am going to get myself checked, I too have a ridiculously out of control occurence of cancer in my family and a very active prostate.... One man's trial is another man's inspiration!

Ben said...

Mutant - We'll see my next appoitnemnt goes, but I'll go see my dad's urologist if I'm not satisfied.

Damien - woo hoo for coming back to Bris. Boo hoo for having to pack up and move country to find a job. Fingers crossed for you.

Phishez - I can't wait to give it all the attention it deserves. Hope you're doing well...

Sam - Do you know how many poofters made that joke over the week it was attached? 3. You, me and my housemate. I did make a female friend gag by flashing it to her.

Tom - I'm glad my pain has got someone else into action.. don't put it off. Go get your hole fingered by a doctor with big fingers today.

cb said...

It must be nice to be able to dole out golden showers again!

Glad you are feeling better!