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2019-03-13 10:36:33 AM  
Living hell is the best way to describe.
 
2019-03-13 10:42:19 AM  
I've woken up during the process of getting an intubation tube out, every single time.

My first thoracic surgery I woke up somewhere in the beginning. Woke up, asked the surgeon a question, he answered cooly, and then suggested I go back to sleep. The good news is that the anesthesiologist knocks you out pretty quick. Even if they're getting tubes out of your throat.

Overall...I wouldn't suggest trying to fight the dose. I mean, you can try, and the more agitated you are, the increased chance you can pull something loose and make the job harder.
 
2019-03-13 11:46:00 AM  
I once came partially lucid and decked a nurse who tried to put the mask back on me.

Woke up in Velcro straps.
 
2019-03-13 12:01:54 PM  
I had two surgeries for kidney stones in 2017.  They shot something into the IV and 3..2...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....next thing I knew I woke up in the middle of a conversation that I didn't remember the start of.
 
2019-03-13 12:05:23 PM  
Having twice woken up during surgery I am getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2019-03-13 12:12:28 PM  
Woken up once during surgery and had local wear off once during another minor one - those were fun.

But the real kicker was when they had troubled rousing me from general for wisdom tooth removal.  Hour after scheduled time passes, Mrs. Marble asks for update. After another hour they have her watch the "complications die to anesthesia in surgery" video.  Another 30 minutes, they have her drive around back.  All I remember coming to was that I was being walked out a different way than I came in.  Very groggily get loaded into the car, then waking up in the middle of the night at home, rather confused with a frightened wife.  Good times!

But I'm perfectly fine, there have been no aftering linger effects.  My short term memory is fine, as is my short term memory.
 
2019-03-13 12:13:26 PM  
Complications due not die.  Pretty sure I didn't die. Maybe.
 
2019-03-13 12:16:50 PM  
Woke up in the middle of a colonoscopy and a subsequent endoscopy. I learned I prefer things up my butt way more than down my throat. I still don't know what to make of this knowledge.
 
2019-03-13 12:31:20 PM  

neil jung: I learned I prefer things up my butt


how you doin'?
 
2019-03-13 12:43:09 PM  
One reason this happens is when a surgeon wants patients in and out quickly.  They want less depth to your sleep so you can come out faster, and keep the rooms and people all moving at a fast pace.

If you tell your CRNA you want to be completely out, they just get irritated.  THEIR battle is to keep the doctor's demands of 'no movement during surgery' balanced with 'get them up and out quickly.'

They are placed in a no-win situation.  And if the surgeon is truly an a-hole, he may care more about throughput than whether you woke up or not.  He usually outranks the CRNA (or even the anesthesiologist), at the hospital, and so you aren't as deep as would be most comfortable.
 
2019-03-13 12:54:40 PM  
Guess who got reinstated today!

/dnrtfa
 
2019-03-13 12:57:04 PM  
FTFAShe was working in the accountancy department of a local trucking company

Why TF not call it the Accounting department like everyone else does?
 
2019-03-13 01:01:11 PM  
I understand that this is a horrific experience but that woman has let it ruin the last ten years of her life. She needs to see a therapist.
 
2019-03-13 01:03:44 PM  

xanadian: neil jung: I learned I prefer things up my butt

how you doin'?


Depends, do you a 4 foot or 8 foot scope?
 
2019-03-13 01:16:27 PM  

Flashlight: I understand that this is a horrific experience but that woman has let it ruin the last ten years of her life. She needs to see a therapist.


When I was in an accident, I was told by a therapist in the hospital on day 1:  "You have a decision to make.  You can move on, or you can let this be the end of your life."

I still carry the injuries with me, but most people don't know about them.  I was even deployed to the south pole as a Physicist for more than a year, after the accident.  A good therapist at the right moment in your life can make all the difference.
 
2019-03-13 02:24:01 PM  

Marbleisheavy: Woken up once during surgery and had local wear off once during another minor one - those were fun.

But the real kicker was when they had troubled rousing me from general for wisdom tooth removal.  Hour after scheduled time passes, Mrs. Marble asks for update. After another hour they have her watch the "complications die to anesthesia in surgery" video.  Another 30 minutes, they have her drive around back.  All I remember coming to was that I was being walked out a different way than I came in.  Very groggily get loaded into the car, then waking up in the middle of the night at home, rather confused with a frightened wife.  Good times!

But I'm perfectly fine, there have been no aftering linger effects.  My short term memory is fine, as is my short term memory.


After my aorta blew, I was...well, I was jacked up. Intubated for a days, they had to rebuild a whole lot of the aorta and jigger with the plumbing, replace the valve, I was a mess. Plus, they had me paralyzed so that I couldn't claw at the tube down my throat that was breathing wrong. I couldn't move, beyond my fingers just a bit, but that was enough that my then girlfriend and I could communicate. One for yes. Two for no. Three for let me spell it out, and then go through the damn alphabet in very light squeezes. But she knew that I was still in there, despite the nurses and a few of the doctors not entirely convinced. I was out for a long time, and brain damage from lack of blood to the brain has taken out folks in less time than I was down.

I got my tubes out, and I was getting a bit stronger. I could croak a little, but it took a while to get up the strength--they had cracked my chest open, and done the renovations, so I was still pretty jacked up. And the paralyzing drugs hadn't worn off entirely, so I wasn't exactly in any shape to have deep conversations, and I will readily admit, I slept quite a bit for the first few days. Most of my nurses thought it was a shame that a young woman should lose someone like that, and still have them breathing, so that they thought there was hope that I'd wake back up. I couldn't move much, but I could definitely listen.

Eventually, they went to pull the drainage tubes, and the nurse who was going to assist was in the camp of "oh he brain dead. Dayum..." And because I was "brain dead" they didn't use a local to pull the tubes, or stitch them back up. And while it wasn't the worst pain I've ever felt, it was a damn close second, and they pulled two tubes out, and then the stitches were almost a relief comparatively. So, I sat there, and eventually got up the strength to talk, and when they came back, I asked if I could get a glass of water.

The nurse and tech damn near sh*t themselves. I got some ice chips, and that particular nurse was a LOT better after that. I mean, I get it. Most folks don't survive an aortic aneurysm, let alone come back from that long without blood to the brain, so I understand the assumption. It sucked. A lot. But compared to these folks, my experience was nothing.

But the thing that DOES still haunt me, is the dream that I'm back to that bed, with that tube down my throat, and unable to breathe right, able to hear, and see a bit, but not able to move. Not able to even have anyone know I'm in there...that is a f*cker. I don't sleep after that dream, sometimes for days. And it has come back less and less after the last surgery went so well, but maybe twice a year...I just don't sleep for a few days.
 
2019-03-13 03:23:04 PM  
I tried to sit up on the table during abdominal surgery so this probably happened to me. I don't remember a thing about it so the amnesia thing happened too.
 
2019-03-13 03:47:34 PM  
Tales from the Cryptdid something along this line.
Tales From The Crypt: S3E4 Abra Cadaver
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NSFW for partial nudity.
 
2019-03-13 07:31:22 PM  
I was having an eye removed and remember telling the Doctor that he was hurting me bad. As my face was covered I could not see him, but my impression was him with a big eye roll and sigh. He kept going and I told him to stop this isn't working, this is a pain like no other. At that point they pumped it hard to me and I was out the remainder of the surgery. This was my 8th eye surgery with this guy and every time it went like this. Each time after the first surgery I told him I was in pain during the last surgery and to please step it up. This never worked as each time I had to complain of unspeakable pain.

I really feel like they aren't there to keep you comfortable. More like how to keep you still and alive to the Surgeon's liking not yours.
 
2019-03-13 11:24:26 PM  
When I broke my arm they gave me a local block and insisted I wouldn't feel anything.

At some point during the operation, I found myself swimming to the surface of a large body of water, and when I broke through, I exclaimed to the surgeons, Hey, I feel that.  Then I said, Let me look at my arm, but they put me back under pretty quickly.  Part of the procedure was to place a steel pin through the bone in my arm, which is when I woke up.

I can't imagine the horror of not being able to move or say anything while that was happening.
 
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