How is impotence treated?
Well, this story does have a happy ending. After the injection didn’t work, I went back to the specialist. He told me about a clinical trial that was just starting. It was for a drug that you push down into your urethra prior to making love. I entered the trial and to my delight, it worked.
But, it became completely inconvenient. You have to keep the drug in the refrigerator. Our bedroom is upstairs. I would have to walk downstairs, past my daughters, get the medication, go into the bathroom and slide the cold pill into my urethra. But, I was making love with my wife again and that was what mattered.
One day I was sitting watching the TV and I got a phone call from the BBC [a broadcast network in London]. There was a clinical trial starting of Viagra, and they wanted to document a person participating in the trial. The gentleman wanted to know if I was interested. I had heard of six men dying in the States on Viagra so I said no thanks, it’s not worth it. But, the man asked if I would reconsider if they paid for a complete physical at one of the best hospitals in London. I agreed. It was from this exam that I was finally diagnosed with nerve damage, which made me a perfect candidate for Viagra.
Now I take Viagra orally about an hour before I want to make love. No refrigerator, no injection, no pill down the urethra. It has been amazing. The only down side to it all is that insurance only covers four pills a month!