My Bipolar TURP Experience 4/5/19 - updated 4/10/19

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Last 24 hours were at first discouraging, then encouraging. Yesterday, after my update, my urine flow appeared to be slowing, and I was becoming increasingly concerned that I would go into some amount of retention. I knew that my prostate was still swollen from the TURP, but what I didn't know was whether this swelling would continue to increase, level off, or begin to decrease. Yesterday evening, the flow was definitely less than 24 hours before. However, a few hours after going to bed I got up and my stream was stronger than I have felt in some time.

As has been the case for almost a year, I was getting up about every hour to hour and a half and urinating into my measuring beaker. But, last night the totals were bigger, the stream stronger, and I was able to calm my bladder enough to get back to sleep in a shorter period of time. Before my operation last Friday it was taking me at least 10-20 minutes to attempt to empty my bladder, or at least drain it down so that I could get back to sleep. On a few occasions it took an hour of repeated trying - little squirts over and over again. But last night this was only taking 5-10 minutes with a few longer times, but basically an improvement. Once I got back into bed the little tickling feeling in my bladder was gone and I was able to get back to sleep again. I would say this was a huge improvement, but still has a long way to go.

Getting up every hour to hour and a half is not the way anyone wants to spend their night, and I am looking forward to longer sleep stretches as I heal from this operation.

My urine test strips continue to show blood in the urine, although the color doesn't show any pink anymore. Having the catheter out is a big improvement in my quality of life. I do understand that it's going to take a few more weeks for the healing process to conclude, but I would say that last night was encouraging and I am very pleased I decided to have this procedure on Friday. At that point, I was getting progressively more blocked up, but now I can tell I am slowly beginning to improve. It's both a physical and psychological boost.

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