Report: My TURP "procedure" which was formerly scheduled for July 23rd is now scheduled for December 10th. Here is the story.
Back in April (Post # 430) at our meeting with Dr. Bruce we found that he wants to do a trans-urethral resection of my prostate (TURP) to shave the prostate around the urethra to allow it to pass more urine more easily. This is a fine idea in theory. On our way out of the office we stop to meet with Becky to set an appointment for the surgery and select July 23rd because it is open on mine and Liz's calendars and because it is after I go back on Medicare. We are as happy as the people on the cover of the Patient's Guide pictured here: we understand the operation; have decided it is a good idea to have one; and have selected a date for this overnight stay in the hospital for this procedure that will help me avoid future bladder stones, pee better, and such.
Back at work I add the July date to my calendar and leave several days afterwards for staying home to rest and recuperate and resume my work-a-day life. On May 21st I am beginning to schedule things for late July and email Becky to find out if I am going to stay overnight at the hospital. She checks with Dr. Bruce and emails me back, saying that "He does plan for you to stay at least one overnight. Hopefully only one night." I am fine with that and think to myself... "I also better leave a few days for resting up at home..." so I schedule a trip down to Wharton to do training for them for August 3rd.
By June 20th Liz and I have talked and she says, "The doctor said you have to stay home for some WEEKS to recuperate" and I say, "Nah. Becky says I'm only in hospital overnight..." and Liz shakes her head at me and tells me to get back in touch with them cause she remembers several weeks... So, I send Becky the following email:
Well, this one has to move up the line to the nurse, who has to call me cause nurses don't really email people for some fairly obvious reasons. Nurse Joann calls me and clarifies that usually the home recuperation time is 2 to 3 weeks and it isn't a problem with lots of people because they're 'retired'! I say that it will be a problem with me cause I work and didn't think it was that big a procedure. She reports back that she'll ask the doctor and call me back. She does and a couple days later she calls and says that Dr. Bruce wants me to stay home for 4 weeks post procedure cause I'm a transplantee and such. I really can't remember exactly what all she said then cause I was SO freaked out about spending so much time away from work; and about the possibility of going stir-crazy sitting around the house all day long!
So, I generate the following parts of an email back to Becky; asking her to copy it and share with Joann and Dr. Bruce.