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16 September 2016 @ 07:00 pm
Health Trivia  
Did you know that if you show up for surgery involving general anaesthesia, that they're really worried about the whole "general anaesthesia can kill you" thing? It's a point of pride for medical staff to pay attention to that kind of thing.

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.)
IANALqueen_elvis on September 17th, 2016 02:31 am (UTC)
This sounds very unpleasant. I am glad you didn't die and hope you recover quickly.
geekgirlwarsop on September 17th, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
I've found it to be the mark of a good medical staff when they try to avoid killing off their patients with anesthesia. Or anything else, really. Here's hoping they both succeed in not killing you and accomplishing the actual surgery next time around.