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Oz Ski Season ends early for Surgery

post #1 of 19
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My 2005 Australian season ended late July. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May and entered hospital for surgery on 5 August. Surgery went well I am pleased to say, and the prognosis is good.

I entered hospital in pretty good condition and am staggered at how much the surgery took out of me. I lost 6 kg (13 pounds) in a week and it shows! I guess I shouldn't be surprised as the procedure took five and a half hours.

Am now back home since yesterday and starting the long rehabilitation period. I am told to expect it to be another 2-3 weeks before I can drive, and 4-5 weeks before I can get back to the gym and longer before I can lift anything heavy. The next week or so I am probably going to be restricted to slow walks around the neighbourhood. We went to the local shopping centre earlier and I had to call it quits after about ten minutes.

Am still grappling with the aftermath of the surgery including scrambled brains for the general anaesthetic which in spite of being etremely short acting seems to have had quite an effect on my cognitive powers. (Those who know me may ask how we would know!)

We have booked for Academy 06 and hope to see old friends there. In the meantime I will follow the balance of the Australian season on line and through Helen. Hope to be recovered enough to go to Threbo for the weekend ( but not ski of course) in mid September.
post #2 of 19
My thoughts are with you, Gerathlete. Look forward to seeing you. My dad had that surgery in his 70s, but he still lived to be 93.
post #3 of 19
Glad that you are back home and on the mend, gerathlete. I expect you'll be fit as ever by academy time.
post #4 of 19
That sucks. Just as the season got good too, but there'll be plenty of others. General anaesthetic is one of the hardest things to recover from, I know, you just have to take it easy and give it all time, it all gets back to normal eventually and you forget how weird it all was (at least you didn't vomit from 7am til 6pm like I did).
post #5 of 19
Best wishes, gerathlete, for a full, successful and quick recovery. May you have many, many happy ski seasons!
post #6 of 19
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!!
post #7 of 19
Glad to hear that you are recovering. Give it a month or so to lose that anaesthesia feeling - it takes awhile for you body to completely get rid of it.

Hope to see you at ESA!
post #8 of 19
Take care - hopefully you will recover well & ski lots more turns
post #9 of 19
So sorry, Gerathlete, to hear you're missing out on ski season. You have a new lease on life, and that's a Great thing indeed. Recover quickly and totally....we're thinking of you (and Helen!).
post #10 of 19
I went through major surgery one year ago, so I know how you feel. It sometimes seems like you'll never recover, but you will. I remember the chemical smell oozing out of every pore for a couple of weeks at least after I got out of the hopital.

Hang in there. It WILL get better.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
My thoughts are with you, Gerathlete. Look forward to seeing you. My dad had that surgery in his 70s, but he still lived to be 93.
Thanks Lisamarie. Interesting about your Dad. Here in Oz 70 is the maximum age for surgery apparently because it is considered too stressful for older guys. Over that age they do either external beam radiation, hormone therapy or a combination. Glad to hear it didn't stop your dad.
post #12 of 19
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Thanks everyone!

Thanks for all the good wishes for a speedy recovery. Happily each day so far I have been able to show some small improvement and that is a great motivator. look forward to seeing some of you at ESA.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by FRAU
Glad to hear that you are recovering. Give it a month or so to lose that anaesthesia feeling - it takes awhile for you body to completely get rid of it.

Hope to see you at ESA!
Frau,
I don't know what the current pratice in the US is, but here anaethetists.
(anaesthesiologists?) tend to use quite short acting inhalation anaesthetics. The major agent used during my surgery and for post-op pain relief was IV Fentanyl (sublimase) which supposedly has a pretty short half life and rapid excretion. Nevertheless the body is still coming to terms with the side effects. Look forward to meeting you at ESA.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by pheft
I went through major surgery one year ago, so I know how you feel. It sometimes seems like you'll never recover, but you will. I remember the chemical smell oozing out of every pore for a couple of weeks at least after I got out of the hopital.

Hang in there. It WILL get better.
Thanks Pheft,
I haven't experienced the chemical smell which may be more pronounced with some anaesthetics than with others but I know what you mean. I wouldn't like to have to concentrate on serious stuff at present, a couple of hours of TV seems to be about the limit currently!
post #15 of 19
gerathlete, it's great to hear that you are recovering well. Keep it up! I know it will get so much better and you'll be skiing (almost) before you know it.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by ssh
gerathlete, it's great to hear that you are recovering well. Keep it up! I know it will get so much better and you'll be skiing (almost) before you know it.
Thanks Steve,
I'm certainly aiming for ESA 06 when we will spend 2 weeks in UT and 2 weeks in CO based again at Copper, so we may get to ski if you are going to be back there. Actually we may have met this year if you were the guy leading the secret Thurday (?) day that I joined at Tom Burch's invitation. There was Tom, Katie yourself, and a number of folk from OTHG and some staff as I recall.
post #17 of 19
gerathelete:

I'm sorry to hear about the cancer but it's good to know the surgery went well and you're recovering. Hang in there and get stronger.

Good luck.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
gerathelete:

I'm sorry to hear about the cancer but it's good to know the surgery went well and you're recovering. Hang in there and get stronger.

Good luck.
Thanks for the wishes Bob. We plan to get back to Jackson in 07/08 and I hope we will then be able to make contact and perhaps get to ski together after missing you at the post ESA 04 gathering.
Regards
post #19 of 19
Sorry to hear of your illness. Wish you the best! Will pray for your healing.
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