When I wrote a blog about my high PSA (prostate specific antigen) test I was amazed at the many responses I received.
Three buddies stepped forward and provided me with scary, yet useful information. They relayed their personal experiences of having this trouble making gland surgically removed. All three were incredibly honest in their assessment of what life is like without a prostate. Surprisingly, they were all upbeat about their futures. They had beaten cancer.
Then again, I heard from many who had also heard the bad news of an elevated PSA test. More than a few went on to undergo a painful biopsy. The results were good in their favor. Yet, in introspect, the bloody procedure seemed so unnecessary.
I even received strongly worded messages from a few women acquaintances. As far as I know, women don't own a prostate, but they sure have opinions!
With all these wide ranging thoughts going through my head, I paid a visit to a Boulder urologist on June 14th.
After a back and forth session of information gathering by both patient and Doctor, we got down to business.
"Well, Jeff, it's time for you to assume the position."
I sheepishly submitted to a body cavity probe. (Never again will I think of going into a burning building as a strange choice of careers.)
When he was done, he told me what I already knew. "You have an enlarged prostate."
No surprise since I've sat on a bicycle seat for over a quarter million miles in my life. I was pleased that he didn't exclaim, "Oh My God! There's a bloat of wallowing hippopotamuses growing on your prostate!"
The Doctor then advised me make an appointment for an ultrasound prostate test. He also wrote out orders for a more in depth PSA blood test.
On June 16th, a vial of red stuff was drawn from me and sent to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. (No wonder health care is so expensive.)
Today, I opened up a secure website to see my grades. Here's my scores:
6/16/2016 10:50 AM
- TOTAL PSA 2.30 ng/mL
- FREE PSA 0.30 ng/mL
- PSA RATIO F/T See Comments ng/mL
Dr. Lonny said they rate a "very good."
I am now very relieved and happy. Maybe now I'll be less distracted in my day to day activities. (Like losing five Nalgene bottles in a month and driving over a solar shower).
Now I can on with my travel plans for the summer and go back to being a full time Wandering, Wondering Jew. It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it.
To all of you who did welfare checks on my mental health along with good tidings, a sincere Thank You! It was very appreciated.
I know I worried about this a lot. Sid Sambur passed on his worry gene to me.
Sid also had prostate cancer at my age.
I bought lakeside property to celebrate. I'm camped at Horsetooth Reservoir for another night. Come on up and join me and Barley. I have plenty of IPAs and I'm willing to share.
It's true, health is our greatest wealth. Just ask Steve Jobs if you were now able to.
There are so many pretty places to see.
Cheers and thanks again,
PS! There still time to sign up for the G W,W J Sweepstakes!