Re: open radical prosectomy on 1 April
My second opinion urologist said I'd be zonked for a month: wouldn't be able mentally or physically operate.
Being a 1-man business doing mostly manual labour, I couldn't accept this. I upped my physical fitness for the 6 weeks notice that I had. I had always maintained reasonable physical fitness using the Canadian Air Force XB-5 programme and just pushed myself up several levels.
Mentally, I prepared by ensuring a good night's sleep. I had a self hypnosis programme on a casette tape that worked for me when I had a stressful corporate job years ago. To augment that, I found some free mp3 downloads covering relaxation, sleep and positive thinking. They don't all work and those work for me don't necessarily work for others to whom I have recommended them.
The bottom line is that I was walking on my first day out of high care and out of hospital after 5 nights. I only lost 450 mL of blood in the op, instead of the 1500mL expected and lost less than 50mL through the pencil catheter the 2 days I was in high care. I was back doing light work two weeks after the op and going flat out after three. I modified my workplace to avoid heavy lifting for 6 weeks. In an office job, I would have been back at work after two weeks.
I found that my worst enemy was mental fatigue rather than physical fatigue. My early post-op walking exercises didn't leave me breathless, but I felt, mentally, as though I had run a marathon just walking around the block.
In a nutshell, you can shorten your recovery period with appropriate mental and physical preparation. Get guidance from your doctor on what will work best for you.
Good luck with the op.