Have you ever been put under a general anesthetic (i.e. knocked out for surgery)?
Just weeks ago! Have had open heart surgery, pectus excavatum repair, and others.
That is funny!!
Tonsils when i was like 7 or 8
For wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth last month
Nope, only physically knocked out in a car crash.
When I woke up from having my wisdom teeth removed (but was still very loopy), I apparently tried to make a humorous comment to the nurse about me being knocked out- but it came out as "it was a pleasure sleeping with you".
Tonsils + Appendicitis + Endoscopy. Thank god that's all :)
I had my wisdom teeth taken out, and I had a Vagal Nerve Stimulator put in. It's like a pacemaker for seizures. to try to stop them.
Those first few days, and especially the first few hours were rough, though.
could really get was his weight, length and that he was "okay, but had complications."
I have never felt such relief as I did when I was finally able to hold him and see my husband.
By the time he was 1 week, though, he was perfectly fine and he's now a very active and healthy 3 year-old. …
Oh gosh, how scary to have the epidural and the spinal not work!
Yeah, the waiting and waiting was driving me insane. My husband was with the baby the whole time, so I couldn't even talk to him. The nurses, bless them, kept going down to the NICU to get me updates on him, but all the info they…
5 hours?! I bet you were going crazy with worry. Yah being awake for c-sections is awful (I had 2 more after the first, and the spinal worked for those).
Yep. The spinal didn't numb me, I had an epidural earlier that didn't work either, so general anesthetic was what they had to do.
To marston44-- hang in there. I've been down the same road as you and also lost my left kidney to cancer. It'll be 4 yrs cancer free for me. Be faithful with your scans. I still go every 6 mos. With each negative scan you will relax a little more. Best of luck to a fellow survivor!!
That's what I thought Tony meant too. I didn't count the 4 times I've had conscious sedation, which was pretty trippy each time.
Ruptured cysts suuuuuuuuck! Good luck with your surgery!
7 times... which is 7 times too many, since my body hates GA.
For a hernia.
No. I've been pretty lucky. Even when I flipped my truck on its side and tore my ear. They only did a local to pull out the damaged cartilage and sew it back up. No broken bones or surgeries.
When I lost my weight I had a big what is called skirt from extra stomach skin I prayed about it and my friends prayed about it and the insurance actually paid to take it off. I do believe prayer works.
I got to see him for about 3 seconds before they whisked him off to the NICU. It was another 5-ish hours before I got to hold him. Aside for seeing him for those few seconds I wish I'd just been under for the whole thing.
By the way, sorry, I'm not doubting you or anything. I'm just surprised. Going under for a c-section isn't very common. Sometimes I wish they had put me under for mine. The baby was in distress &when they said I needed an emergency c-section I had a panic attack that lasted almost the whole surgery.
They put you under for the emergency c-section?
Thank you Tops. I do genuinely appreciate it. :)
Annie. I just prayed for you I asked God to open the doors for the right medications and if the pain stimulator will help you that the doors open for that also.
When I had mine done our insurance was good same company they have gotten awful
I've got to at least try because it is probably (well, depending on the results of the test, I think) the only other option I have right now.
of success. We and the doctor's office have been fighting with them over it ever since. We never stop fighting it and they never stop denying it. For seven months now. I can't imagine the battle to at least do a trial of the stimulator will go much better, but I think …
on how those go I may just do battle with the company. It'll be a long fight, though. We switched insurance last summer (my husband's job switched & we don't really have a choice but to go with them) & when we did the new company denied one of my pain meds. A med I'd been on for 2 years with a lot…
Yeah, Tops, last year my doctor was all ready to put me on the trial for one of those, unfortunately my insurance denied it. They basically said "Well, you have a TENS unit, so why would you need an internal one?"
I recently had some nerve tests done to see how bad the neuropathy is and depending…
Hah! I didn't even think of that!
I've been put under twice: once for strabismus and once because of a partial tarsal coalition.
Wisdom teeth extraction.
Once for my appendix back in the early '80's, and twice for the same wrist in '91 and '07. Bone graft surgery.
Thanks Susan and Annie.
Annie - You are right on the money. I agree.
An amusing anecdote when coupled with your username. :)
Annie I had something implanted in my back surgically is called a pain stimulator. It is actually like a TEMS unit. It blocks the brain singles that you're in pain or interrupts them.
I've had a 'light' sedation for a couple of things but have never been completely put under.
Eberber- I don't know about on other devices, but on mine if I tap on the little pie charts that say 76% and so n, it tells the number of votes. Right now there are 7904 votes nationally, but only 5051 total for the income results.
Okay, the neck vertebrae made me wince. Ouch!
It sounds awful to go through all that as a kid, but thankfully you haven't needed surgery since (I'm assuming).
I'm so sorry, JLove. Truly.
And I agree with Susan. Rudeness and lack of compassion in those circumstances seems almost unforgivable. Sadly, it seems that some in the medical field are very cynical, jaded and/or self-absorbed. Thankfully the caring ones make up for them in spades.
Aside from developing a pretty nasty kidney infection post-surgery, it went great. It was an easy recovery and it relieved the pain almost instantly.
Thanks Owl. :)
And yeah, I don't want to deal with kidney stones ever again. That was outrageous pain. Probably the single most painful thing I've ever experienced.
I had one stone wedged in my ureter that was huge (9mm when 5mm is about the most that a person can pass) & the rest were in my kidney.
Small town is fine (sometimes even great) for GPs and even some specialties like rheumatology or pain management, but not for major, life-changing things like neurosurgery.
And now I have some damage in my neck causing trouble there and down both arms.
If/when I have to have surgery again I'm going to go to San Antonio, Austin or Houston. I'm not messing with the small town doctors down here any more than I have to. Especially not for major procedures/surgeries. …