And that if something goes wrong early in surgery, say with a drug like Propofol, you can wind up coughing hard on the table while totally unconscious? And that you'll be suddenly, roughly given a breathing tube, in hopes of you not dying?
Turns out you get a noticeable percentage of the inconvenience of a real surgical recovery even if they just drug the hell out of you, insert a breathing tube, and then deal with that instead of whatever you actually went in for.
Now I know!
(I'm basically fine. I'm sad that the surgery we were planning did not occur as scheduled. The medical staff seemed to be responding well and immediately to a genuinely unusual reaction on my part. Propofol doesn't generally cause that sort of thing, though it's not 100% unknown. The surgery will be rescheduled, my throat should be okay in a few days and all will be well. But a week or two later than originally scheduled.)