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I had prostate removal surgery, and let me tell you a little about that first week at home after surgery (dropping everything).

I was 62 years old when I had da Vinci robotic prostate surgery and in pretty good overall health.  I played basketball in high school and tried to stay active in later life, kept my weight in check, and ate “right” whenever I could.  To my way of thinking, I was pretty normal, maybe even more fortunate than most.

What’s my point?  My point is that as an active guy, I normally didn’t drop stuff around the house.

After a couple of nights in the hospital, my wife drove me home on Day 3.

Now what’s important here is that after prostate surgery, most/all patients have a catheter installed and attached to it – a urine collection bag which you have to carry around.  That means you’re basically one-handed for that week or however long it is until your catheter is taken out.

You do everything one handed, like flip the pages of a newspaper, turn the faucet on to drink a glass of water, change the TV channel, etc. And when you’re one handed, stuff drops, and you don’t feel like picking it up – at least I didn’t.  No way, there are stitches healing down there and the last thing I wanted to do was bend over and pull or hurt something.  One hospital stay was plenty, thank you.

We have this wicker basket thing at home that holds future recycling stuff like newspapers, and let me tell you, I couldn’t hit that thing if my life depended on it.

Eventually, you start looking for places around the house to latch the urine collection bag on to.  That frees up your second hand.  They told me to always hang it lower than the level of my bladder, so that the urine doesn’t run back into the body.  So I found some low-hanging kitchen drawer handles that worked just fine.   Having two hands again was fantastic.

So I say, it’s almost expected that you will drop things around the house when you’re only working with one hand, I know I did.