AFRAID OF ANESTHESIA

FIRSTMAMA25
on 4/20/11 1:01 pm - CONROE, TX
IM SCHEDULED FOR SURGERY IN 2 WEEKS, I HAVE 2 C-SECTIONS BEFORE BUT I HAVE NEVER ACTUALLY, BE INTUBATED AND REALLY PUT UNDER ANESTHESIA, MY QUESTION IS HOW HAVE EXPERIENCES BEEN WITH ANESTHESIA, SOME PEOPLE DESCRIBE IT AS BEING PUT TO SLEEP AND WAKING RIGHT BACK UP. JUST CURIOUS
melissa22886
on 4/20/11 1:12 pm
you will be just fine. i was concerned about that too but all they said to me was they were giving me something that would make me feel like i had a good drink. then i was moved into the OR, i remember sliding onto the cold metal OR table, i seen my surgeon and everyone else in there, they put a mask on my face and that is all i remember, then i remember being woken up. just think positive and all will be just fine.
Lizzie S.
on 4/20/11 1:35 pm
I think you'll do fine too.  I vaguely remember going into the OR and sliding onto the table....the next thing I remember is being back in my room.  they didn't intubate me until I was out as far as I know.
Lizzy
    
Cicerogirl, The PhD
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on 4/20/11 1:37 pm - OH
I have had literally a dozen different surgeries and only once did I have a problem with the anesthesia (I was nauseous in recovery after an outpatient procedure).  Yes, it is like just going to sleep and waking right back up again as if no time had passed.  SOmetomes they give you something in your IV to make you feel sleepy and calm before you even get to the OR.  You will not even know about any intubation or catheterization since they do that after you are "under" and will remove the breathing tube before you wake up.  Many times they also remove the catheter in the OR, but sometimes they leave that in for a day or so afterward.

Lora

13 years out; 190 pounds lost, 165 pound loss maintained

You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.

Lady Lithia
on 4/20/11 2:17 pm
I've had more surgeries than I care to enumerate

The first surgery was emergency surgery and I had complications following, so I won't scare you with those details

MY RNY.... they gave me Versed and Fentanyl through the IV.... I walked toward the OR..... and woke up. Had a very warm adn caring nurse taking good care of me. It was really the "blink of an eye"

The two surgeries with post-surgical issues (emergency GB surgery adn my recent back surgery) I woke up in pain, and really really hating life.... but the RNY, I woke up and don't recall any pain or problems whatsoever.

~Lady Lithia~ 200 lbs lost! 
March 9, 2011 - Coccygectomy!
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Ladytazz
on 4/20/11 2:46 pm
I was kind of afraid of turning into a Michael Jackson because part of me loves going under anesthesia. What could be easier, just blink and your out, blink and your up again.
However, having just had surgery last Friday, I know I would never get addicted to it. I am fine until they start talking about all the risks. Talking about losing teeth (happened to my boyfriend when his appendix burst) and having brain damage is enough for me to not want to put myself through that too often. In fact brain damage was my biggest fear. I woke up from my revision surgery, or should I say I tried to wake up from it, and it was horrible. Being not too smart at the time I was still smoking. It took days for my oxygen levels to come up. I was on oxygen for 3 days with my levels dropping into the 80s and less. I was so weak I couldn't hardly move. I was sure I was going to need to go into a long term care facility because I didn't know how I would ever be able to take care of myself. That really put the fear of God into me and it wasn't too long after that I quit smoking.
This time as soon as I woke up I knew I was OK. I felt pretty alert and knew exactly where I was and why I was there. With the revision I don't think I was able to answer those questions or any others like who I was. I watched my oxygen level stay at 100% the whole time I was there. I remember going to my room and that was pretty much the last time I saw my nurses, unlike the last time where I woke up in my room not knowing where I was or how I got there and had the nurses in my room constantly monitoring me.
I truly hope I never have to be put under again. Unless it is somehow to get a breast lift. Then I will tough it out.

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High Weight  (2002) 240 Revision Weight (2010) 220 Current Weight 115.

ceruleanme
on 4/20/11 3:11 pm - CA
 I've had 3 c-section and was TERRIFIED of being put under anesthesia for surgery. 

This is what happened for me...

I walked into the OR, the IV line was already in. They had me lay down on the table... since I was so scared the anesethiaologist showed me how I was going to be monitored the whole time- even though I already knew that from my c-sections. Then he told me he was going to start my meds, I remember him pushing meds into my IV line... They intubated me while I was asleep, and it was gone when I woke up. 

The next thing I remember was sort of waking up in recovery... All I really remember was feeling fairly nauseated and being told that they were giving me meds to make me feel better. I basically went back to sleep at that point. I woke up a little while later in my hospital room feeling fairly uncomfortable. I was on a PSA  for pain meds... and my nurse was telling my little sister, "Hit her button every 15min. If you love her you will hit her button whether she's awake or not."  it was funny, but I opted to just go back to sleep! ;-)

Before this, I was absolutely PHOBIC about being put under general anesthesia... like, they had to give me valium to get me into the hospital phobic... but it wasn't so bad.
        
skabets112
on 4/20/11 4:04 pm
I vaguley remember climbing onto the OR table, and them painting my body with the yellow stuff (iodine maybe?), after that I dont remember anything. I hardly remember that...and in fact it might not even be for my RNY, it might be my c-section that I'm remembering. I do know it felt like seconds when I was under, when I woke up, I didn't think the surgery was done.

"I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me"  Phil 4:13

           
Andy Lafferty
on 4/20/11 7:17 pm - Baltimore, MD
 I remember laying on the OR table and the anesthesiologist looking in my mouth. Then he gave put some in the IV and told me " I just gave you your first glass of champagne" Then I remember waking-up in the recovery room.I was sleeping when they catheterized me and only thing that let me know I was intubated. You're gonna worry about many things, we all did. Just trust in the surgeon and all will be good. 
The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

        
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on 4/20/11 8:44 pm - Groton, CT
RNY on 05/03/10 with
I was terrified the day of surgery! I've never been so scared in my entire life. I was shaking as I was walking toward the OR. When we got to the door, I stopped and took a deep breath. My escort (not sure if it was a nurse or the anesthesiologist) asked if I was o.k. then gave me a little push when I nodded. I got on the table, laid down, and they put whatever it was into my IV. 

In a few minutes I was looking at the ceiling and thought it was weird the lights changed from green to orange. I told him this, he chuckled and told me to just close my eyes and it wouldn't bother me any more. I did and the next thing I remember, I was waking up in recovery. It was over and I'd made it through to the other side!

I had a tube going down my throat through my nose when I woke up. Surprisingly, it didn't bother me at all. It was there for the first 24 hours, then they removed it. I thought it was going to hurt when they took it out, so I was scared about that. It didn't hurt--just felt weird. Other than that, all other tubes were gone when I woke up. I did have a pump kind of thing on my legs to keep the blood flowing. That stayed until I was able to get up and walk around on my own. On that note, they had me up and walking around within an hour of getting to my room. I was so happy to have made it through surgery (and probably a bit high from the meds!), I made them take me around twice!

That's my surgery experience in a nutshell. Nothing dramatic or bad happened to me. Maybe I'm lucky or maybe it's the way these surgeries are supposed to work. I like to think my experience is the norm, though.
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