166 days post vasectomy:
It’s been a while since I posted and I got a PM from someone so I figured I’d give an update. I don’t know if I’ve really improved noticeably since my day 134 entry. I don’t think pain is any different and the bumps may be smaller. My biggest indicator is that I’m now able to do my favorite hobby (rock climb) without any limitations. I have only put a harness on a few times since being that close to my junk scares me a little bit, but I’ve been climbing harder than ever without a harness on. That seems like huge progress to me. The only things left untested and long hikes, running, and biking, so we’ll see what those are like once the weather turns here in the northeast.
I started taking papaya seed earlier this month and I’m not sure if it’s helping (probably too early anyway). I haven’t taken it the past few days because I’ve had a terrible stomach bug and my balls feel a little more sore than normal. Not sure if that’s related to my sickness, lack of papaya seed, my whole body feeling achy, or some other unknown reason.
At this point I would gladly pay for a reversal if the risks of making things worse weren’t a real thing. Based on my current limitations, it’s annoying, but not worth the risk. I really struggled with this pain in the beginning because it’s something that I brought on myself, but now that I’m removed I think I’m a little less emotional.
None of us willingly signed up for pain and most were not warned of the risks. We all probably drive a car everyday and we wouldn’t beat ourselves up if we got in an accident and experienced similar pain. Maybe some of us would second guess out decision to drive that day, at that time, on that route, or blame someone else, but that doesn’t really seem healthy. We’re all at this point and unless a time machine is invented we need to determine the best way to move forward instead of continuing to think about what we should have done to prevent it. I recently saw video about climber Craig Demartino who took a 100ft fall and eventually lost his leg. His story really helped put things in perspective. You can check out this article (written by one of the top rock climbers who cut off the tip of one of his fingers early in his careers), or one of these videos on youtube (video 1…video 2). I haven’t read the article or watched these particlar videos, but my guess is they are similar to the movie I saw.
Good luck everyone!