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Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer by Michael Korda
continuing Part IV - Recovery

Page 248 - (go to page 247)

On a mechanistic level, yes, I was erect, but in no other way could I be said to be ''aroused.'' If one of Dr. Eid's attractive nurses had entered the room and torn off her clothes, I would have asked her to put them back on again. My penis throbbed with pain, rather than desire, and I reached, belatedly, the sad conclusion that the women in my life had been more knowledgeable about sex than I was.

When Dr. Eid reappeared (by that time, since he was delayed, I was actually reading the sex magazines, as if they were The New York Times, rather than looking at the pictures of girls), the first thing I asked him, to his surprise (and mine), was just how soon the erection would subside.

''In another half an hour,'' he said, a bit miffed, I thought, by my lack of appreciation. ''It's just that it hurts. I won't need an antidote, will I?''

''Probably not. Give it a bit of time.'' Dr. Eid gloved himself and played with my semitumescent organ. ''You shouldn't wait too long before treatment,'' he said.

I said that I wasn't sure I could hack the injections. My reaction to the ones he had given me was apparently vivid enough in Dr. Eld's mind to make him drop the subject for the moment. If I had trouble with the idea of injecting myself, he said, I might want to consider an implant. Earlier implant mechanisms had not been entirely satisfactory, but the new ones — and, if he said so himself, nobody in the whole world was better at putting them in than he himself — were a huge step ahead, medical technology in its finest form. The patient reaches down, presses on a pump imbedded surgically in his scrotum, and — voila! — an erection that lasts for as long as he (or his partner) likes. Once sex is over, he merely presses again, and the penis detumesces. No danger of priapism, no painful side effects, no sudden middle-of-the-night visits to the emergency room — the whole thing is so discreet, effective, and up-to-date that the patient's partner need never even know about it.

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