General Anaesthesia


Before I even start, I have to say this. Took a few days and some silly moments in the presence of doctors and nurses to correctly pronounce the following words – anaesthesia, anaesthetic, anaesthetist and anaesthetists.

  
*Waited in the induction (pre-operation) room for quite a while*

*Got asked multiple times by different doctors and nurses to read out my name, identification number, type of procedure to be done and body part to be operated on*

*Got an intravenous tube inserted into the back of my palm*

*Anaesthetist accessed me one more time*

*Surgeon came in to say hi and checked for the marking on my knee*

*Got a free shave at the knee*

*Waited for a while more*

*Stared at the ceiling*

*Wheeled me next door into the operating table*

*Small talk to get me comfortable*

*For the millionth time, I read out my name, identification number, type of procedure to be done and body part to be operated on*

*Rolled me onto the operating table*
*Took a quick glance around. The room was brightly lit, free of any scary looking medical instruments save for the unlit spotlights hanging from the centre of the room*

*A nurse plugged in heart rate monitors*

*Oxygen mask placed over my mouth and nose*

*Took my first deep breath as instructed*

*A doc started injecting something into the IV tube*

*Took my second and third deep breath*

*A doc said I’m doing well*

*Zzz*

*Woke up in a waiting area. Automated blood pressure monitor in front of me*

*No pain. Just groggy to the max*

*A nurse came by to ask me if I’m doing alright*

*Wheeled to the ward after some waiting*

*side effects of the General Anaesthesia took effect there and then – giddiness plus a queasy stomach*

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