Great news on Deverne's progress and remember what I have been saying judge the progress over a week not by the day. I am today 16 weeks post surgery and I had what is now for me a rare bad day on Sunday with my bowel. We all worry about the bladder part of the surgery but the worst for me was the three foot piece of intestine that was removed to build the neo-bladder. Tell Deverne to hang in there as the progress goes twice as fast after about 8 weeks post surgery.
HI Pat - Glad to hear Devernae is doing better. I just thought I'd mention that after Harry's surgery, I found a great waterproof mattress pad at overstock.com for a reasonable price. It fits the bed snuggly and has a terrycloth type top. You'd never know there was plastic below...no noise from the plastic. I also bought some waterproof crib pads that have saved the sheets a few times. I got those at Walmart. Also resonable in price. Another thing I got was some disposable bed pads at Walmart that were in the contenience aisle. I place one under the crib pad on top of the sheet. It has been easier to wash the crib pad and toss the disposable if an accident occurs and so far, after using those two items, the sheets have been saved...however, the waterproof mattress pad is still there to save the mattress just in case! Margot
Jo, Deverne had pre-surgery chemo, but he did have his gallbladder out about 6 wks before his RC so I think he's doing extra well.
We were also changing the bed last night at 2:30 a.m. so I did what I should have done at first and went to walmart and got a plastic tablecoth to put between the mattress and the mattress pad. Live and learn.
At this point you are right on schedule. I must say it is trying to wait it out. Recovery has many sides that will test you both for sure. I think after 8 weeks you see much better advances. This being 6 months for Gene its like its all back to normal, except for the new plumbing. Sorry to here about your flare up,,take care of you as well!!! THE WEATHER BEING ICKY DOESN'T HELP, WE WERE FORTUNEATE TO HAVE WONDERFUL WEATHER THEREFORE THE WALKING WAS A DAILY DEAL...
Keep plugging along, you'll make it,,,take care ,,Ginger
Hospital Cleveland Clinic r/c Sept.14,2007
Surgeon. Dr Stephen Campbell and Gill
Gene Beane..66 Ford Motor Company
Engineer, retired Vietnam Vet
Pat did he have chemo with his surgery and also 3 weeks post op and going out in public is pushing it tell you the truth I was still weak and unsteady on my feet not to mention the pain I still had from my surgery. I just wouldn't overdue it in the beginning but to each their own. Take Care, Joe