Jan. 14th, 2011 12:20 am
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Many of you who also follow Amy's journal know that our oldest cat, Penelope, passed away this week. Amy & I have cried together a lot and also distracted ourselves a lot. Right now, I'm still not up for talking about it publicly.

Instead, I will mention the fact that in a couple of hours, I'm going in for a vasectomy. I'm not all that nervous about it, but I was surprised how many general health exams they wanted ahead of time. So, I may be sitting on our couch for the next couple of days with bags of frozen peas on hand.

In the interest of spreading around some humor at this time, I have to link to a song that's been in my head a lot recently. It's "The Ballad of Dr. Stopp" by Worm Quartet. The artist accurately describes it as a "Celtic power metal synth-punk vasectomy ballad." It's NSFW due to the subject matter and a few inappropriate words, but still very funny. I've been meaning to share a comedy addendum album along with our annual CD, and this will definitely be included on it.

Enjoy, and best wishes, everyone! I hope to come back and visit more often.

Date: 2011-01-14 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll leave you with these, cause you sitting on the couch with peas just reminds me of them:

Date: 2011-01-14 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had forgotten about those. Thanks for reminding me. There's nothing like "fixing" humor, is there?

Date: 2011-01-14 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hooray, a John-post!

You should borrow the iPod and listen to the song while the procedure is underway! I found that having something distracting to listen to during the procedure was a Good Thing (TM). Not sure if your doc will offer, but if s/he does offer a mirror so you can watch the procedure, you might consider saying yes. I said no, but I now regret not having taken the opportunity to see surgery on myself as it happens.

Date: 2011-01-14 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Actually, I was pretty out of it. They put me on a drip IV with some twilight-type stuff. They say I responded and interacted with them during the procedure, but since the drugs they used also included stuff that has amnesiac qualities, I don't remember anything at all from the time they wheeled me into the room.

Date: 2011-01-14 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whoa, that's trippy. They did mine under local. Offered some Xanax or something but I didn't end up taking it. I wonder why the difference...

Date: 2011-01-15 07:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, I know I had the endoscopic procedure done, but they also had a anaesthesiologist on hand. So, I guess he was permitted to doll out the good stuff. They put me on antibiotics a couple of days before and I'll be on them for a few more days. I had to stop taking my vitamins and any pain relievers for a week before hand to prevent any blood-thinning agents.

From what I saw looking at local doctors, almost everybody does the procedure a little differently. I mean, when my brother had his done, his doctor pulled the vas defrens out to show him and offered him the opportunity to cut it himself.

Date: 2011-01-15 01:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, sounds like there's a lot of variation. Wild! For mine, they pulled the vas deferens (startlingly far) out to do the procedure entirely externally. Didn't offer me the chance to cut it myself. Don't know if I would take them up on such an offer- makes the metaphor a little heavy-handed. I was more okay with helping cut the umbilical cord for my kids.

How's the soreness doing for you? Meds wearing off?

Date: 2011-01-15 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The meds are still doing well. When I get to feeling too uncomfortable, I take a new one and it makes things better for a while. This morning, taking a pill before eating, I got to feeling pretty nauseous. So, I'm being sure to keep something in my stomach if I'm going to take some.

Date: 2011-01-14 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
it is possible that it's longer than a few days. Just speaking from the experience of watching Frank. He believed he'd be up and running in a couple of days and ... that wasnt' so true. Just letting you know the range of normal may be longer than 48 hrs. *GRIN*

Good luck, best wishes, and may the swelling subside quickly!

Date: 2011-01-14 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I'm sure it'll be rough for a while. I'm just hoping that the I only need to keep the ice on and worry about swelling for a short period of time. They told me to avoid any strenuous activity for a week (Amy was amused by the "This includes no intercourse for a week, but then you need to ejaculate 3-4 times a week for the next 10 weeks" advice from my doctor), but I'll take it easy for a while after that.

Date: 2011-01-14 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*big hugs*
Happy to see a post from you.
So very sorry about Penelope.
Good luck with the vasectomy!

Date: 2011-01-14 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I appreciate your kind words here and in Amy's journal. It's difficult to express to other people what the loss of a beloved long-time pet is like, especially when you've chosen not to have children.

And the vasectomy went really well. I'm still a little loopy though from the drip IV stuff and the pain killers they gave me afterwords.


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