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Chapter 6
His Prostate and Me

During those days, Viagra had not been approved and was, therefore, not available to the public. At a later date, Dick did try the new blockbuster drug but with little success.

Viagra facilitates blood flow in the penis by relaxing the arteries in the penis through a complex mechanism, at which point an erection can occur. Viagra does not create an immediate erection but takes about an hour to come to full strength. There are a few suggestions to help facilitate the absorption of the drug. Enjoying a hot bath is one, because it increases blood flow to the penis, but primarily, Viagra requires tactile sexual stimulation.

Unfortunately, Dick's venous leak from his radical prostatectomy virtually eliminated the effect of the Viagra. Another unfortunate problem was that he was one of the men taking Viagra who had unusual symptoms like having a bluish tint in his vision. Fearful that if he gave the pills to another man, the recipient could develop this same problem or worse, Dick flushed all of his pills down the toilet. Considering that the 60 pills cost approximately $10 each, this was a $600 royal flush.

If your partner has any of the following medical conditions, Viagra is not recommended:

    • Irregular heartbeat or recent heart attack
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Chest pain
    • Blood pressure lower than 90/50
    • Blood pressure higher than 170/110
    • Retinitis pigmentosa
    • History of cardiovascular disease
    • Nitroglycerin or nitrate prescriptions

At this writing, however, eight million men have used Viagra and 75% of them are satisfied with the results; an excellent satisfaction rate. Shortly after Viagra was released, I found out that it was working extremely well.

Early one Saturday morning, I headed to my nearby drugstore to get some insulin. I was surprised to see a long

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