tim: Mike Slackernerny thinking "Scientific progress never smelled better" (science)
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So, I had stage II of my surgery (link goes directly to probably-TMI details; do not pass Go, do not collect $200) and everything went fine, except that, unfortunately, there will be a stage III. I meant to do a post-surgery summary post, and then horrible complications happened, and I wanted even more to write a post explaining what happened and why I had no regrets anyway... but anyway, that hasn't happened yet. But, I still want to write up everything that happened post-first-surgery!

This is not that post, though. So, I had IV sedation, which means you're sort-of-conscious during surgery but can't really feel anything. You're not supposed to remember things that happened while you were sedated, either, but I do, both from this time and the previous one. This time I was pretty awake for what I'd guess was the last 20 minutes of the surgery, not feeling any pain or anything, but able to listen to my surgeon talking to the nurses. They were talking about Portland for whatever reason and the doctor was describing a poster he saw when he first moved to Portland, and how it showed this guy standing with his back to the camera while opening his trench coat (which, it was implied, there was nothing under it) to a sculpture. And also, the guy was the mayor of Portland at one point. Then he said what the caption of the photo was. I don't remember what he said, but it was wrong. So I said "actually, it said 'Expose Yourself to Art'" and he was like "oh, you're right". (Possibly after that they gave me more drugs, I don't know :P)

Moral of story: I won't pass up the opportunity to correct someone who is wrong, even while they're literally operating on me :P (It's this poster.)

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Date: 2012-08-01 07:12 am (UTC)
ranyart: (a good girl)
From: [personal profile] ranyart
Oh lord, I need to ask about sedation types when I have a surgery consultation tomorrow - if I do go through with this I really hope I don't remember it. That's one of my biggest worries, actually. I was a little afraid of this with my top surgery but my only memory is that the surgeon coughed or made some other small noise at some point during the procedure. I think I would be pretty upset to have a memory more detailed than that, just because I'm pretty seriously squicked by thinking too hard about surgery at all and I don't want to have anything specific to focus on after it's over.

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Date: 2012-08-02 09:13 pm (UTC)
ranyart: (skull)
From: [personal profile] ranyart
Happily, when I asked yesterday she said they did general anesthesia by default, so that's good.

My wisdom tooth experience was kind of hellish; they gave me propyphol but it didn't work on me and while I don't remember this I apparently was freaking out and screaming/fighting when they tried to take my teeth out. They eventually did it just with novocaine and nitrous which meant I was STILL screaming the entire time because it hurt and was terrifying even though they didn't really believe me.
So when Dr. Reardon was talking me through pre chest surgery stuff and mentioned that they were going to use propyphol I was pretty scared, but he said that the difference was that they had an actual anesthesiologist on staff and the oral surgeons probably didn't know how to properly work with it. And happily my only memory from that is the cough I mentioned earlier.

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Date: 2012-08-01 07:38 am (UTC)
lindseykuper: A figure, wearing a pink shirt decorated with a heart, looks upward from between dark shapes that suggest buildings. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lindseykuper
So I've known about that poster forever (my grandparents had it on their wall when I was a little kid (although I didn't understand the joke then)), but I had no idea about the guy being the mayor of Portland. Today I learned.

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Date: 2012-08-02 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] biscuit1001

Hope you're healing nicely!


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