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

Emergency Laughter

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.

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10 thoughts on “A Lesson in Humor: If You Can Laugh, When You Lose Your Nads…”

  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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….

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