Update Following a Bit of a Bumpy Summer
Earlier I made a post due to my concern that my surgeon spoke of BCG treatments before TURBT and subsequent pathology.
Yes, I did set an appointment to speak with him post-TURBT. Things didn't go as planned. That was in June.
A night in the hospital for observation
TURBT was halted due to heavy bleeding from a perforated bladder, and I spent the night in the hospital for observation.
Then I was sent home with a catheter and knowledge that the second half of the surgery still needed to take place.
Surpise trips to the ER
I ended up needing 2 trips to the ER. First with help from a plugged catheter and second with a pretty severe reaction to Cipro med... Both visits took me until 2 AM.
I had a lot of nausea and vomiting, loss of sleep, and little to no nutrition during that period.
After about 8 days, the catheter was removed, and I could begin healing. The second TURBT was in July and went perfectly, for which I'm most grateful. TURBT was followed by chemo in the bladder.
Learning my pathology
In post-op with my surgeon, I learned the pathology was "low-grade papillary urothelial carcinoma, non-invasive: rated as pTa." For which I am also grateful.
He wanted me to begin BCG treatments quickly, but I asked for more time since I was not back to 100 percent yet from all that had happened before. So I have an appointment for a cystoscopy at the end of October.
Meanwhile, I'm making big dietary changes to regain my body's systems. I'm very thankful that I'm feeling pretty good at this point - back to my exercise routine. Will keep you posted!
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