PROSTABLOG NZ: What is it about the catheter?
Whenever I look at the viewer statistics for Prostablog, there’s one thing that stands out: “catheter” is the most popular search word people use when they find their way to this site.
It beats everything else by a country mile.
Yesterday, for instance, there were 27 instances of the word being searched – while the next most popular occured seven times.
Today, it’s the same – so far 13 searches on “catheter”, with “Mick Jagger” scoring three (God knows why?) and “brachytherapy and impotence” getting two.
It’s been like this ever since the blog started in April.
I’m not sure I understand how search engines work, but there seems to be a message here: us blokes are very, very worried about getting that damned tube shoved up our tackle.
I can understand why. It was my biggest single fear of the whole radical prostatectomy process.
I needn’t have worried, as it turned out, because the male urology nurse at Wellington Hospital did a brilliant job of removing it. I honestly didn’t feel a thing.
However, two male acquaintances haven’t been so lucky. They both say it was excrutiating. Both had female nurses (is there something significant here? Surely not…) do the removal.
One guy had his taken out just last month and in his words “she just ripped it out.”
How common are such stories? Do they account for the general fear men seem to have about the catheter?
Perhaps someone could write in and enlighten me. All I know is, the term brings a lot of traffic to this blogsite.