Hard to believe it is only 2 days since the last update! So much has happened!
To start off, on Thursday into Friday night, I woke up too many times to pee, and the last few times, it was as if someone had placed a cork in my penis – nothing would come out! So at 3 AM, Antonio and I headed to NYU Hospital Emergency Room where we spent 5 hours. They put a catheter up my penis to relieve the pressure and drain the urine and when they did an analysis of the urine, it turned out to be infected and so they gave me an intravenous drip with antibiotics and I now will continue with pills for 2 weeks – luckily, this is not something that will interfere with my medications for the radiation and chemotherapy.
On another note, last Monday, I had gone to see Dr. Kim, my GP and he did a PSA test (http://www.cancer.gov/types/prostate/psa-fact-sheet) for my prostate and my PSA was off the charts at 20.4! Last time I was tested it was under 4. Needless to say, I was alarmed and set up an appointment with my urologist Dr. Aaron Katz, Chairman of Urology at Winthrop University Hospital, Professor of Urology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and an attending physician at Winthrop Urology (http://winthropurology.com/dr-aaron-e-katz). I will see Dr. Katz on Monday. In the meantime, we canceled our trip to Fire Island for the weekend and while disappointed, I am walking around with a bag to drain my urine until I see Dr. Katz and it is not the most comfortable thing to say the least. I suspended radiation on Friday, but will resume on Monday.
I was having trouble with people signing up to accompany me to radiation therapy, but think that is finally solved. Thanks so much to those of you who have signed up – there are only 2 open days now: June 16 and 17. If you can make wither or both of those dates, you can sign up here. (http://doodle.com/poll/6q979wb7rpe5gsee)
Wednesday evening, Miguel and I met for his birthday dinner. It was great to just have a one-on-one with him and catch up on life, relationships, future plans, etc.
Antonio is my Knight in Shining Armor! He returned from Spain on Thursday and he is there for me in ways you cannot possibly imagine – helping me with my catheter, with my meds, massage, kisses, in the hospital…. Who could ask for anything more?
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