In totally unrelated other news…

7 Jan

This post has nothing whatsoever to do with autism – its a purely indulgent sidetrack πŸ™‚

Tomorrow marks a momentous day in my life. I am getting what is known as ‘the snip’.

Nervous? Oh yes. You bet I am. My delightful work colleagues and friends who have known about this since before Xmas have been texting me jokes about vasectomies, emailing my pictures that I shan’t describe, dropping hilarious jokes in my Facebook inbox, Direct Messaging me equally hilarious comments on Twitter. Oh, its been fun I can tell you.

As a way of making me feel slightly less nervous about the whole thing, I’ve decided I’m going to Live Tweet the whole operation. This means you – yes you – can keep up with an um, blow by blow account of every gory detail live and as it happens. From my pain-wracked fingers to your eyes as it were.

So, how do you get onboard this train?

You can join Twitter and Follow me. Refresh my home page every so often.

Or a better way is to join up, follow me as above and then go here which is a Twitter Search for the phrase #kevsnip which I will include in all my posts from the operation. You can also use this phrase if you want to Tweet as well.

Kick off is around 3pm GMT. See you there!

29 Responses to “In totally unrelated other news…”

  1. passionlessDrone January 7, 2009 at 19:39 #

    Hi Kev –

    I’ve heard a couple of things:

    1) Did you schedule it around a time when there will be lots of sports (or something you like) on TV? Folks here in the US have been clustering around a popular basketball tournament, though I’d go NFL playoffs for sure. But you see my point. You’re gonna be sitting around and possibly drugged for a while. I guess your scheduled already, but maybe someone else can take this advice and use it in the future.

    2) A ziploc bag full of frozen peas is supposedly useful in so far as having the capacity to cool areas with a very fine level of granularity.

    3) When they say, OK, now this is gonna sting a little more; they really mean it.

    Way to go re: no autism!

    Good luck.

    – pD

  2. Ben Whitehouse (aka Benjaminbrum) January 7, 2009 at 20:00 #

    Well… that’s er… different.

    I’m going to be watching closely, not too closely but, you know, a twisted kind of interest.

  3. bullet January 7, 2009 at 20:18 #

    Aah. Cutting edge stuff then. Hope you have the balls to go through with the report. No snipping out any details.
    Sorry. I’ll stop now. Being serious my husband had it done and it was painful after but not agony.

  4. Orac January 7, 2009 at 20:23 #

    You realize, Kev, that you’re not the first person to liveblog his own vasectomy:

  5. jypsy January 7, 2009 at 20:36 #

    “As a way of making me feel slightly less nervous about the whole thing,”

    oookkkk…. sure, whatever….
    that one’s not computing at all.

  6. AutismNewsBeat January 7, 2009 at 20:47 #

    You know, there is a vas deferens between men an women….

  7. jypsy January 7, 2009 at 20:56 #


  8. FreeSpeaker January 7, 2009 at 21:33 #

    I have heard that it is no big thing.

  9. Jason January 7, 2009 at 21:35 #

    Well, at least you don’t have to the surgery I had done. It is a lot less of a procedure.

    I am sure you will be fine, Kev!

    Don’t worry, be happy!


  10. bullet January 7, 2009 at 21:45 #

    I do have to ask though, when this report is finished, will it be a testing testimony of the testes? πŸ˜›

  11. Abel Pharmboy January 7, 2009 at 22:53 #

    Hey Kev, I saw you tweet about this and wanted to wish you good luck and godspeed.

    While Orac notes that I liveblogged my vasectomy, it was indirect in that I blogged to one medium (a discussion forum) and then posted the whole account afterward since my Treo didn’t render our MovableType blog platform. I think tweeting is even more immediate and, if I had my iPhone then, I would have twittered as well.

    I’ll be posting tomorrow that my account was among 50 posts selected for the OpenLab2008 science blogging anthology and will be sure to direct readers to your Twitter feed.

    Make sure you have a good supply of fine British ales to while away your recovery time. I found that helped.

  12. Anna Ravenscroft January 7, 2009 at 23:26 #

    My husband had to have a hernia repair, so we told the docs “while you’re down there”. He was a bit sore after but not terribly (the hernia op was the most of the soreness). But the results… were *wonderful*.

    It’s *SO* nice not to have to worry. So, yeah, I wish you the best and I know you’ll enjoy having it over with.

  13. Nicky January 8, 2009 at 01:27 #

    Whoa, bizarre coincidence: I just had my vasectomy yesterday, which is why I’m laying around catching up on blogs today.

    The experience was (and at the moment still is) thoroughly unpleasant, though I’m sure looking forward to never having to worry about birth control again.

    I’m also looking forward to never again having occasion to have sharp metal objects come into contact with my testicles.

    The most interesting part was the cauterization of the ends of the snipped vas deferens: lying on my back and watching wisps of smoke rising up toward the ceiling, and realizing, “Wow, that smoke is coming from my groin.” Hooray for effective local anasthetic!

  14. Navi January 8, 2009 at 03:49 #

    Hmmm will have to send to my husband. Perhaps he’ll be made less nervous. He freaked when I was supposed to have the feminine version and we decided that having me not particularly functional for a few days wasn’t the best idea, so he volunteered but hasn’t got it done.

  15. Casdok January 8, 2009 at 09:22 #

    Good luck!

  16. Kev January 8, 2009 at 10:26 #

    Thanks everyone for advice/jokes general commentary πŸ™‚

  17. Dawn January 8, 2009 at 12:51 #

    Good luck, Kev. My husband had it done several years ago (I won’t go into the TMI that lead to that decision). Soreness the first day or so, otherwise uneventful recovery. I hope yours is as uneventful! Wish I could tweet it but work won’t allow. Hugs!

  18. Toxie January 8, 2009 at 15:38 #

    Can the blood pressure take it captain? πŸ˜‰

  19. Anne January 8, 2009 at 21:49 #

    I see it’s a done deal, Mr. Lefty and Mr. Righty squared away. Congratulations, Kev.

    Maybe I should have twittered my sigmoidoscopy. Nah.

  20. Kev January 9, 2009 at 00:21 #

    Thanks to all again, I am less of a man but more of a Tweeter this day πŸ˜‰

  21. David N. Andrews M. Ed. (Distinction) January 9, 2009 at 02:55 #

    did it go well????

    when do you actually get to find out? πŸ˜‰

  22. rutty January 9, 2009 at 11:12 #

    Nice one Kev. I followed it when I could but I was busy cooking up some prawns for tea during your latter stages.

    I still have use for my testes but at some point I may be required to do the same thing. It’s a good thing that you and Abel Pharmboy have done to demystify the whole process.

  23. Toxie January 9, 2009 at 15:13 #

    I think Rutty has just posted the most disturbing thing I’ve ever read.

  24. Kev January 10, 2009 at 00:11 #

    lol@Toxie – you not considering saving the planet from O’Grady children?

  25. Patrick January 10, 2009 at 00:15 #

    Hoping that everything went well and recovery is bearable, though I see from that last post your humour is intact!

  26. Another Voice January 10, 2009 at 02:14 #

    This is one of the few posts that did not have Harold Doherty showing up with some form of caustic comment.

    I am not suggesting that you schedule additional small surgeries throughtout the year, but having a few chuckles was a welcome relief.

  27. Clay January 10, 2009 at 07:39 #

    Another Voice wrote:

    “This is one of the few posts that did not have Harold Doherty showing up with some form of caustic comment.”

    Hunh! And I didn’t even miss him! πŸ˜‰

  28. Tina Clarke January 11, 2009 at 05:05 #

    I was just thinking how did I end up here? @Twitter_Tips posted about you. Seems your getting everywhere with this post and a great viral for your worthy site too.



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