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A walk in the snow....

By: Sam Dick - Email
By: Sam Dick - Email

Four days out of surgery, and I am feeling more normal each day. Today was my first walk outside. A little cold, but the snow is soft and beautiful. Nice to have this time to appreciate the things we don't normally have time for.

Four days out of surgery, and I am feeling more normal each day. Today was my first walk outside. A little cold, but the snow is soft and beautiful. Nice to have this time to appreciate the things we don't normally have time for. My appetite is returning, and so is more normal food. Pizza and some pot roast in the last 24-hours. I also have more energy since Thursday's surgery. Until today I was getting hit with waves of weariness. Two good nights of sleep have really helped.
 
 I can't wait to lose my "friend" the catheter. My appointment for that is next Monday. They say it's not painful to have the catheter removed. Boy, I hope they're right. My movements around my waist where they went in at six places are also becoming easier and less sore.
Tuesday or Wednesday we expect to hear about my pathology report from my surgeon. We expect and pray for good news. I will let you know when I hear.

One quick thing I'd like to pass on to all the guys out there. Last Friday, my wife and I were released from the hospital, and riding in a hotel shuttle. I told the driver I had just gone through prostate surgery for cancer. He told me he also had prostate cancer, and was getting radiation treatments. He was about four years older than me, and African-American. African-American men have a higher risk for prostate cancer. He told me he found out he had cancer after experiencing severe pain one night. He hadn't had a prostate exam in years. When I heard that...it made me sad for him. I'm guessing his cancer is much father along with a symptom like that, but I hope I'm wrong. I hope his treatment works. It just reminded me that we need to go in for annual prostate exams at least by age 50...sooner if you have a family history of the cancer or other risk factors. I had no symptoms...no sharp pain, and yet, I had cancer. Guys, don't wait for a sharp pain to tell you something is wrong.

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