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#1 Feb 15 2012 at 7:40 AM Rating: Good
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I'm having surgery tomorrow. It's a pretty small deal but I've never had surgery before. I've never had general anesthesia and I've never had anyone ask me if my will was prepared or if there was a church that should be notified.

Up until today I really thought nothing of this little procedure, but now - today, I'm jittery nervous. Smiley: eek I wasn't expecting that.

I hope there are some new and interesting posts in forum=4 tomorrow night when I come back to life and am druggedly looking for distractions.



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From what I understand, anesthesia is very fickle and some people just experience a completely unanticipated reaction to it (i.e. simply can't be woken up after the procedure). I don't know how common this is, but given that they ask if you're prepared before the procedure, I'd guess it's common enough (maybe 1-2%)?

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From what I understand, anesthesia is very fickle and some people just experience a completely unanticipated reaction to it (i.e. simply can't be woken up after the procedure). I don't know how common this is, but given that they ask if you're prepared before the procedure, I'd guess it's common enough (maybe 1-2%)?

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I wouldn't sweat the anesthesia. I gather that the common experience with it isn't anything to worry about. Maybe some nausea, but all things considered, that's really nothing much.

Hey, just a few centuries ago, we'd be chopping the offending body part off of you, plus an extra 10 inches or so just to be safe, and you'd have to content yourself with some whiskey and a piece of wood to bite on! Smiley: smile
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I was asked if I wanted to put to put a religion down on my form when doing a semen analysis. I asked what they thought was going to happen in there that I'd potentially need Last Rites.
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I've had surgery twice where I went under: sinus and wisdom teeth. Both went really well and don't recall waking up, as much as you just suddenly realize you are awake again. After going out for my wisdom teeth, I recall "waking up" sitting upright on a medical bed swinging my legs back and forth as they dangled over the edge of the bed in another room. Who knows what I did prior to that because I don't recall getting to the room or getting up on the bed. Smiley: lol

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Yeah, I've been under a few times and it was noneventful. The most amusing part (to me) is when they ask you to count back from ten. My mind is always thinking "Pfftt.. whatever" and by the time I reach seven I'm waking up in some strange room with my pants missing.
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Ahaha, yeah. I've had that happen. That was one weird teeth cleaning.
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I've had surgery twice where I went under: sinus and wisdom teeth. Both went really well and don't recall waking up, as much as you just suddenly realize you are awake again. After going out for my wisdom teeth, I recall "waking up" sitting upright on a medical bed swinging my legs back and forth as they dangled over the edge of the bed in another room. Who knows what I did prior to that because I don't recall getting to the room or getting up on the bed. Smiley: lol

I just had Novocaine for wisdom teeth removal. It really wasn't enough. It was more painful and discomforting than having babies.


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Ahaha, yeah. I've had that happen. That was one weird teeth cleaning.
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Ahaha, yeah. I've had that happen. That was one weird teeth cleaning.
They took your pants to clean your teeth?


Unable to read haha when you're jittery, eh?
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Only thing I learn to worry about when going under, is them insisting you can blow hard enough to get the ball to stay up in the air before you can go home.

No one ever told me that their are breathing exercises you can do before surgery to make this easier. Jonwin was given a whole set of exercises to do before his surgery tomorrow. We have to be up by 4am and be there at 5:30, for surgery is at 7:30. Thankfully they have a very nice waiting room with free coffee.

He only seem nervous that they would postpone the surgery due to paperwork snafu that they caused Monday. Since they called to tell us what time to be there and when the surgery is schedule, everything looks good. I just need to pack some clothes for the weekend, as I'm not about to face traveling by bus to and from the hospital for his PT sessions they want me to attend as his coach. I also don't want to miss the luncheon on Saturday they are having for the patients and coaches.
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I've been under twice, once when they removed the lymph nodes from my neck they thought might have been cancer but weren't, and once for wisdom teeth. I made it back both times. the most annoying part for me was throwing up after the lymph node surgery because apperently the pre anesthetic stuff they had you drink back then caused whatever you ate next to come back up express.

Other than that, its just like goeing to sleep. If something were to happen, you wouldn't ever know it, so why worry about it?
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Ahaha, yeah. I've had that happen. That was one weird teeth cleaning.



Teeth cleaning with release? I always wondered about those dual dentist office/massage parlors.
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I'm going to have to find the van my dentist works out of and ask him if it's normal. Smiley: frown
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Elinda wrote:
I just had Novocaine for wisdom teeth removal. It really wasn't enough. It was more painful and discomforting than having babies.


Yikes! They had to hack and slash at my mouth to get mine out so it was pretty involved.

The sinus surgery itself was easy; the part where they pulled the sinus packing material out through my nose wasn't so easy. You know the clown trick where the clown pulls a never ending scarf out of his sleeve? Imagine that, but with my nose, not a sleeve. You know it's going to be bad when the doc starts with "I'm not going to lie; this is going to hurt." Smiley: lol
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I've had many operations in my short but eventful life. I think in 24 years I've been under general anaesthesia a total of 35 (maybe 36) times. Give or take.

Most have been for major orthopaedic surgery, and I've always woken up. Honestly it's nothing to worry about. You'll probably be sick when you wake up, and groggy for a while. Aside from that, there's not much to worry about!

It can be quite daunting putting your life in someone else's hands, but anaesthesiologists are usually really good at placating you before you go under.

tl;dr don't panic!
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tl;dr don't panic!
I've got my towel.

Thirty-five surgery's and you still can't grow a mustache?
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I just had Novocaine for wisdom teeth removal. It really wasn't enough. It was more painful and discomforting than having babies.


Yikes! They had to hack and slash at my mouth to get mine out so it was pretty involved.

Yeah, there was hacking and slashing involved. I remember quite clearly when the dentist made that first cut of my gum. That didn't hurt as the novocaine actually numbed that area, but I could feel the skin separated and the warm blood gush out into my mouth.

The pulling and yanking and yanking and pulling was the sucky part though. It seemed like the roots of my wisdom teeth went all the down my neck and shoulders and into my arms - places the novocaine never came close to placating.

I was 18 and under-the-gun to get the work done before I fell off my parents insurance. My dentist was really mean but had come highly recommended a few years prior. I'm pretty sure he got much enjoyment from giving pain to snotty little teen girls. I still have two perfect gold fillings, though, that he put in my mouth over thirty years ago.
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tl;dr don't panic!
I've got my towel.

Thirty-five surgery's and you still can't grow a mustache?

I grew a moustache, it's no my fault I'm not Sam Elliott. Smiley: glare
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tl;dr don't panic!
I've got my towel.

Thirty-five surgery's and you still can't grow a mustache?

I grew a moustache, it's no my fault I'm not Sam Elliott. Smiley: glare

It's ok, Patrick Swayze couldn't grow much of a stash either.
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Yeah, there was hacking and slashing involved. I remember quite clearly when the dentist made that first cut of my gum. That didn't hurt as the novocaine actually numbed that area, but I could feel the skin separated and the warm blood gush out into my mouth.

The pulling and yanking and yanking and pulling was the sucky part though. It seemed like the roots of my wisdom teeth went all the down my neck and shoulders and into my arms - places the novocaine never came close to placating.

I was 18 and under-the-gun to get the work done before I fell off my parents insurance. My dentist was really mean but had come highly recommended a few years prior. I'm pretty sure he got much enjoyment from giving pain to snotty little teen girls. I still have two perfect gold fillings, though, that he put in my mouth over thirty years ago.


Gah!! GOOD LORD! That bold part made my legs feel numb. I grew up on a farm and had my fair share of disgusting and upsetting sights (kitten getting stepped on by a cow? Boar disemboweling a harassing goat with a tusk [goat had it coming]?) but I've got a weak spot for knives/cutting.
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I grew up on a farm and had my fair share of disgusting and upsetting sights (kitten getting stepped on by a cow? Boar disemboweling a harassing goat with a tusk [goat had it coming]?)


The goat was spreading pro-Snowball propaganda and undermining the boar's power base, no doubt. He probably destroyed the windmill, too.

Your farm sounds fucked up.

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This.

I had my gallbladder out at 13, which is a very minor operation, but I found all the advice that most gave me was overhyped. It was quick and mostly painless, and the overly-cautious questions were there all the same.
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Your farm sounds fucked up.
Absolutely. My childhood is what happens when two people from the big city move to the middle of nowhere to raise a family and have a farm. Oh man, the stories.

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The goat was spreading pro-Snowball propaganda and undermining the boar's power base, no doubt. He probably destroyed the windmill, too.


Haha - great reference!

All our animals were free-range and mostly mingled with all the other animals (except cases where it was clearly dangerous). Once in a while you got one critter that just didn't play nice with the others. This particular goat, a pygmy goat no less (small goat complex?), kept thinking he was king of the barn yard and butting, well, everything. Mr. Boar wasn't having any of it, clearly.

The other king-of-the-yard was this rooster that was annoying, but hilarious. He would loop around and attack from behind, likes most aggressive roosters. But this guy took it a step further. When you ran into the barn to hide (as most kids would do when confronted by a lunatic rooster), he would run to the door and peer in with this beady little eye. If he couldn't spot you, he was smart enough to know there was a back door too and run around the barn and look in the cracks back there. He would then stalk around the barn waiting for you to come out.

Sorry - totally just hijacked the thread. But, so, the goat never had anesthesia, so yeah... back on topic now?

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I haven't used this one in awhile:

Having surgery can be a confusing experience, Elinda, so I'll offer you some sage advice.

When you wake up from your drug-induced slumber, it's normal for your pants to be undone. I know, seems weird, but they do this to relieve the pressure that builds up in your lower amdomen due to the drugs.

Also, you may have a whiteish crusty residue all your around your mouth. They do this topical protein treatment during these operations to ensure a speedy recovery. It's really quite something.

Oh, and your surgeon will inevitabley have a huge boner when you wake up. This is just because he really digs his job.
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Having surgery can be a confusing experience, Elinda, so I'll offer you some sage advice.

When you wake up from your drug-induced slumber, it's normal for your pants to be undone. I know, seems weird, but they do this to relieve the pressure that builds up in your lower amdomen due to the drugs.

Also, you may have a whiteish crusty residue all your around your mouth. They do this topical protein treatment during these operations to ensure a speedy recovery. It's really quite something.

Oh, and your surgeon will inevitabley have a huge boner when you wake up. This is just because he really digs his job.

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It is common practice to ask about wills, advance directives etc. Not that it makes it easier to answer. For my last outpatient surgery they didn't even ask, for tomorrow they did. Elne is now printing out a copy so I can take one with me.

Jophiel, I am sure you know the sacrament has been called ANNOITING OF THE SICK for a long time now. I had it done in 08 when having the first surgery on my leg as well as the one time I had the skin cancer removed.


As Elne said I'm scheduled for 0730 surgery, so lets see who wakes up first and LAST.
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But really one second you are breathing oxygen and the next someone is leaning over you saying everything went well. Then they offer you a wipe to remove the protein treatment.
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I've only had surgery once--it was major, but it was also very quick (for me); I didn't have any time to stress over it after finding out I was going to have it. Went to the emergency room around 1, was admitted around 4, surgery began at 10-11 I think. Was out for like 6 hours.

Anesthesia is really crazy though. I remember thinking my anesthesiologist was hot. I remember being asked to say the alphabet. I don't remember ever actually doing it, I was out so fast. At most I got to B, lol.

I really wouldn't worry about it. I'm lucky that I never had time to stress out (and, in any case, intense pain is a pretty good motivator for accepting surgery). I'm sure you'll be fine. Smiley: smile

If you do die, though, can you haunt Alma and gbaji? I'm sure it'd be hilarious for us.
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My wife just had surgery last week to have a tumor removed from her mandible. They will ask you if you get car sick or other motion sicknesses, and if you do they'll give you a patch to combat the nausea you might feel when you wake up (at least this is what they did at the hospital last week). Depending on what you're having done, the recovery could be worse than being put under, my wife's face was really swollen for a few days after and she still doesn't have much feeling in her lip on that side because the tumor was growing around the nerve there.

I was put under once to have my maniscus removed when I was in Jr. High, I don't recall it being a big deal.
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I've been under general anesthesia twice, the first time was for wisdom teeth and the second one was for my appendix. The first time, I had a panic attack, mostly because of the needle. The second time, I already had an IV in my for some good drugs, so the insertion of the IV wasn't near as bad because as an adult I knew that the reward was pretty immediate. Therefore, I was already pretty doped by the time surgery came around, and I remember going into prep, and waking up afterward to the nurses talking about Casey Anthony. Mostly I remember feeling sorry and being more worried about my poor husband panicking in the waiting room.

And just for another story to calm your nerves, my mother just went under general anesthesia last week. She doesn't remember anything, but apparently they didn't get her IV in properly, and she didn't get a full dose. She was still conscious, and began fighting with the doctors as they tried to correct her IV. Now, my mom can be a mean bitch, and isn't a small woman. I've spent a good majority of my life successfully avoiding physical confrontations with her. My grandma said when the anesthesiologist emerged from the room, she looked like she'd been in a real brawl. But don't worry, my mother doesn't remember a thing. Smiley: lol
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It is common practice to ask about wills, advance directives etc. Not that it makes it easier to answer. For my last outpatient surgery they didn't even ask, for tomorrow they did. Elne is now printing out a copy so I can take one with me.

Jophiel, I am sure you know the sacrament has been called ANNOITING OF THE SICK for a long time now. I had it done in 08 when having the first surgery on my leg as well as the one time I had the skin cancer removed.


As Elne said I'm scheduled for 0730 surgery, so lets see who wakes up first and LAST.

We'll meet back here tomorrow evening to insure the online gaming community that our existence continues.

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Jophiel, I am sure you know the sacrament has been called ANNOITING OF THE SICK for a long time now.

The actual bit with the oil is anointing of the sick. Last Rites refers to the package deal of reconciliation, final Eucharist and the anointing.

Anyway, "Last Rites" sounds better when cracking a joke.

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It is common practice to ask about wills, advance directives etc. Not that it makes it easier to answer. For my last outpatient surgery they didn't even ask, for tomorrow they did. Elne is now printing out a copy so I can take one with me.

Jophiel, I am sure you know the sacrament has been called ANNOITING OF THE SICK for a long time now. I had it done in 08 when having the first surgery on my leg as well as the one time I had the skin cancer removed.


As Elne said I'm scheduled for 0730 surgery, so lets see who wakes up first and LAST.

We'll meet back here tomorrow evening to insure the online gaming community that our existence continues.



I'm going to have to ask someone for use of their smartphone or laptop if you want to hear back from either of us by tomorrow night. I'll be staying overnight with Jonwin at the hospital until Sunday.
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I'm going to have to ask someone for use of their smartphone or laptop if you want to hear back from either of us by tomorrow night. I'll be staying overnight with Jonwin at the hospital until Sunday.
Wow, til Sunday eh? Maybe the hospital has a computer that they let the public use.

Take good care you two.

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I prefer not to be put under. For my wisdom teeth and other dental work I just request the gas. Lots and lots of gas.
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I prefer not to be put under. For my wisdom teeth and other dental work I just request the gas. Lots and lots of gas.


I've only had gas once....for some orthodontic work, I think. IIRC, it felt very, very similar to being drunk.
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I had gas for my wisdom teeth as well. It was interesting.
As for the stay, 3 days stay for joint replacement at a minimum. When I had the leg repaired it was stretched to 4 as PT was not happy with how I was moving around on my crutches.

Mercy Hospital Baltimore, has a new building that houses its Joint recovery floor (and the OR's) they do not allow outside electronics, (maybe worried about infection) but they do have TV, so maybe will have wifi.

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Either I have an inordinately high tolerance for pain or you guys that got gassed for your wisdom teeth are a bunch of pansies. I had a bit of Novocaine before and 500MG Acetaminophen after and I barely felt a thing. One of them was impacted and had to drilled and chipped out the hard way, but the rest just popped right out. They tried giving me Vicodin afterwards, but I told them to keep it. I hate what Hydrocodone does to me.

I was put under once as a child when I fell from a rope swing and broke and dislocated both the bones in my right forearm. Now that hurt. I had to have surgery to put the bones back in place before they could heal. I think I made it about four numbers before I was out cold. I woke up with a needle in my left arm that just felt weird when they pulled it out, and a huge cast on my right arm. I spent the whole time it was on thinking I'd have a badass scar, but it only left a tiny mark on my wrist that you wouldn't even notice if you weren't looking for it.

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Turin wrote:
Either I have an inordinately high tolerance for pain or you guys that got gassed for your wisdom teeth are a bunch of pansies.

Dude, waste an opportunity for nitrous?? My wife was not amused with me on the bus ride home. HAHAHAHAHA I GUESS ITS CALLED LAUGHING GAS FOR A REASON! WHEEEEEEEEEEE
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Turin wrote:
Either I have an inordinately high tolerance for pain or you guys that got gassed for your wisdom teeth are a bunch of pansies.


My rear lower set came in directly underneith the part of the jaw bone that goes up to attach to the upper part of the jaw (the coronoid process maybe? ) User Image

So basically they had to remove enough of the bone so they could get to the tooth, remove the tooth, then I think they put the bone fragment back in and let it heal. On both sides.

It sucked. Badly.
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I had some weird mix of Valium and gas for my wisdom teeth. Apparently I was having a great time in the dark little room where they stashed me until I woke up... laughing my ass off, so they say.

Then I got combative with a state trooper who pulled my mom over for speeding. Luckily I had a mouth full of gauze so he couldn't understand a word.

Then I slept for 18 hours or so.
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You shore have a purdy jaw bone, Kao.
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Either I have an inordinately high tolerance for pain or you guys that got gassed for your wisdom teeth are a bunch of pansies. I had a bit of Novocaine before and 500MG Acetaminophen after and I barely felt a thing.
Everyone's different. Mine were pulled out separately, as he was freezing my mouth for cavities in different areas. Took all of 2-3 minutes to pull each tooth. My cheeks didn't puff out either. Was back to work the day of each time.
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