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A Lesson in Humor: If You Can Laugh, When You Lose Your Nads…

January 18, 2014

My dad had a great sense of humor. He showed me many times the value of being able to laugh at yourself and the world around you.

When he was diagnosed with late-stage metastatic cancer of the prostate, one of the first procedures he had was a Bilateral Orchiectomy. I’ll save you from looking it up; it’s the surgical removal of both testicles.

Steady as she goes men!

I was there when they wheeled my Dad out of the operating room after the procedure. He gave me a dopey, post general anesthesia grin and asked the surgical nurse, “Was it a boy or a girl?”
She laughed and said, “You had twins, honey.”
His head flopped back on the pillow and he chuckled, “Yea, I bet they looked a lot alike.”

Now this is a man who didn’t smoke…anything…never took anything stronger than an aspirin, didn’t drink heavily, and minutes after having his first general anesthetic, he has the presence of mind to fire off a primo joke about just having his nuts lopped off.

That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what’s called, a sense of humor.

I miss you Dad.

Mike Cyra

Mike Cyra is the author of two #1 bestselling medical humor eBooks: "Emergency Laughter: It Wasn’t Funny When It Happened, But it is Now!" (2011) And "Emergency Laughter: Stories of Humor Inside Ambulances and Operating Rooms." (2015) He's also a contributing author of "My Funny Major Medical," and an award winning writer in the (completely serious), Dying Matters Coalition book: "Final Chapters: Writing About The End of Life." Mike spent 20-years working in Emergency Medicine & Surgery as a Surgical Technologist, a Medic sailing Alaska’s Bering Sea, an Emergency Medical Technician, and an Instructor of Basic Life Support and Maritime Emergency Medicine. Check out Emergency Laughter: amazon.com/author/mikecyra Mike lives in Seattle, Washington

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10 Responses to A Lesson in Humor: If You Can Laugh, When You Lose Your Nads…

  1. Kathy Minicozzi
    January 19, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I’d love to meet your Dad, too.

    Laughter keeps us sane. If we can’t laugh at the jolts life gives us, we’ll have a lot harder time making it through.

    • January 28, 2014 at 8:18 am

      You got that right Kathy! As Abraham Lincoln once said, “With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.”

  2. Bill Y Ledden
    January 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

    The only thing that I’ve ever said, that could possibly carry any semblance of relevance is “If you don’t laugh at life, it will kick you in the head”. I’ve had it printed on t-shirts, cups and anything that will allow printing. If I was to believe in anything, I think I would believe in that.

    • January 28, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Well put Bill, and when life gives you a concussion, you wait for the nausea to settle down and then you laugh at life some more!!

  3. January 19, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Would love to have met your dad. Sometimes I wonder if our moms and dads had more fun and laughed more that we do – This, of course, is why we love Donna and HO!!

    Thank you for that delightful little story.

    • January 28, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Well now that you mention it, Mary, My mom used to get the giggles real bad while chasing kids around the house trying to hit them with a yard stick…if that’s what you meant….

  4. January 19, 2014 at 12:41 am

    He sounds like a great guy.

  5. January 18, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Great tribute to your Dad! Even without a ball, he knew how to play the game of life!

  6. January 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    That man has more balls than most people combined! Great post!

    • January 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Well…not technically anymore he doesn’t…cause, you know…they took em away…but I LOVE your spirit Donna!

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