My story is nearing the end. I doubt I’ll have much more meaningful content to share with you regarding my experience with prostate cancer. I completed my final physical therapy followup this afternoon with Jenn. I would consider continuing to see her for running-related injuries and whatnot. She’s good. And after our initial encounter, I feel sort of close to Jenn now. Her specialty though is pelvic floor related health issues, not aging runners. I know because I asked.
Turns out Jenn has quite extensive experience in a number of PT disciplines including spinal injuries and head trauma. She spent some time reviewing my leg muscles and determined – big surprise – my left side is weaker than my right. Either from or as a result of that, my right leg is shorter due to a maladjusted hip. She recommended some hip exercises: the hip abductor, hip adductor and clam shell. All seem relatively simple. I plan to try them out to strengthen my left side in an attempt to mitigate future running injuries.
With my urinary continence now under control, I intend to speak to my urologist about where I am with ED on our next visit. I forget when that is exactly but we are to meet quarterly for the next two years. Essentially, I’m fine with erections. Well, marginally functional. I’m less fine on the topic of climax. I actually can’t tell you if I’ve had one or not. I believe I have but the experience is that slight. My penis experiences contractions, but they generate only a fractional sensation of what I remember an orgasm feeling like. It makes perfect sense to me that my nerves need to fully regenerate throughout my pelvic floor, which I am told will take a full year. But I still would like to understand more details on this topic. The one thing I have learned is my Urologist tends to share information with me as he thinks I need it. That’s probably fair because if he told me stuff too far in advance, I would not be focused on it and would forget half of it. Considering I have erections though, working toward a climax seems like the logical next step.
In fact, I’m in the mood now for a thorough understanding of the post-prostatectomy experience. And I’d rather the information come from my doctor because googling this topic is polluting my computer with nefarious URLs in my browser history. I bet you didn’t know about prostate massages. I do now. Seems like the sort of thing that would have maybe been useful to know about before I had my prostate removed. Nurses advertise online to provide this milking service. Well, at least I think they are nurses. They say they are nurses and that a prostate massage promotes good prostate health. That and Saw Palmetto should keep your prostate cancer free. Seriously, click on that link above and look into it. Become an expert on the topic.
I bought a book two weeks ago on erectile dysfunction and post-prostatectomy orgasms from Harvard Health Publications. Ironically it just arrived in the mail today. One might think you could only read about such topics on the Internet but Harvard is bold enough to write on these topics in hard copy. Not so sure I’m comfortable letting the book sit out on the coffee table. I’d prefer to download a copy to my Kindle so I could read it more privately. Looking very forward though to the content in order to become more informed on the topic.
If this does in fact turn out to be my final story to this blog, I hope you do well. And I hope you found some of my stories useful. I will know when I have comments and will of course reply back. You can remain anonymous. Don’t hesitate to reach out.