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31 January 2007 @ 12:42 pm
So at work, I just told everyone that I am SCARED THAT I AM GOING TO DIE IN SURGERY TOMORROW because omg, they will stick a TUBE down my throat and I HATE that and someone says they have to PARALYZE YOUR LUNGS and and...

Coworker: "They don't stick a tube down your throat for general anesthesia."
Me: *pauses semi-hysterical tirade* "What?"
Other coworker: "Yeah, dude, they just stick you with an IV. You still breathe on your own."
Me: "... Oh. Well, I guess I'm okay then."

Anyway, my day has improved, liek, a hundred-fold now that I no longer need to call everyone I've ever known and Make Peace with them before having my LUNGS PARALYZED tomorrow. I have zero fear of needles (aha! I saw like half of you twitch), so if that's all there is, I'm chill.

Comment-spam, especially in ficlet form would be most welcome! However, if any of you send me links about how many people actually die from oral surgery, I will HAUNT YOU FROM THE GRAVE, OMG, AND NOT IN THAT FUN PATRICK SWAYZE WAY.

p.s. Surgery scheduled for 9 AM tomorrow. Please disregard all LJ posts made from then until, liek, Saturday, because they will probably consist of me waxing on about the meaning of life to be found in a croissant, or something equally deep. (See... there's LIFE... and it's all... like rolled around itself... and if you just leave it on the counter it gets all CRUSTY...)
am: werk
feel: scaredscared
hear: oh, crap, I forgot to turn the music on.
Trialiatrialia on January 31st, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
"They don't stick a tube down your throat for general anesthesia."
*blinks* ...Uh? Then how come I got one when I had my shoulder operation? My throat hurt like a bitch for a week. 0_0; But it's not lung paralysis exactly.

Guh. Yes, you did see me twitch at the mention of the N word. I hate them.

Hee. I think I'll go look at the posts I made after I got out of hospital, like four days after my anaesthetic. Did I tell you about my post-op drugged fangirling moment?
Little Red: b5 - corps is mother - thatfangirlmylittleredgirl on January 31st, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)


*hides under desk*
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Adele: DLM - Delores - Grilled Cheese Defibadele_t on January 31st, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
ok, this is a freaky coincidence cos I'm currently doing uni stuff about general anaesthetic procedures, you'll be pleased to hear that no mention is made of lung paralysis.

Also,if they were to tube youn (which i'm not saying they will, just hypothetically), speaking as a nurse who's loitered around operating theatres and recovery rooms, the patients are not exactly aware of the tubing. It's done when you're asleep, taken out when you're barely awake. And speaking as a patient whose undergone general anaesthatics more times than I can remember...if they ever did tube me (which I'm fairly sure they did at least once, I was entirely unaware of it...)
Trialia: Lizzie hurts when I breathetrialia on January 31st, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
*nods* was out cold when they put mine in, but they managed to scrape the inside of my throat with it, which is how come I felt it afterwards...
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Valerie - Postmodern Pollyannawiliqueen on January 31st, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
:: pats ::

It depends on the procedure, actually.


But even in the worst case scenario, there is a well-trained person specifically assigned to make sure you keep breathing. It's all good.
Little Red: b5 - corps is mother - thatfangirlmylittleredgirl on January 31st, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
My surgeon apparently does her own anesthesia, but swears to me there will be at least 3 people in the operating theatre, so someone will notice if I stop breathing and die.
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Little Red: lc - lois mayson gasp! - followtomorrowmylittleredgirl on January 31st, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
It's possible I was so flail-y that I misquoted.

They are giving me general anesthesia, according to my medical bill anyway... hrm. I wanted them to just do a local, but they said they wouldn't do all 4 wisdom teeth at once that way. *shrugs*

Thanks for the reassurance, dahling? AND I WILL CHILL WHEN I WANT TO. :-P

A.j.: connectaj on January 31st, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
Dude, that's what you thought was going to happen? *eyes you*

And no, I was fine with my dental surgery. I had general anesthesia and was fine. (Ye ole wisdom teefs.) I actually got up later that day and played minigolf. Just do yourself a favor and don't drink anything with a straw afterwards as you create a vacuum with your mouth to intake the food/etc, and pull at your sutures. It's not that bad, but it's uncomfortable.

Yay for lack of teef!
Little Redmylittleredgirl on January 31st, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
OMG, I will be so pleased when my teef are removed! *makes note to double-check with doctor so they do not pull wrong teeth*

I don't even own any straws, so I'll prolly be good. I'll just drool all over myself for a while, I'm sure, since I spill water on myself even when not drugged!

HEY, someone told me they stick TUBES down your throat because anesthesia disables your normal lung-function and so they need to make you breathe. That is FEAR-INDUCING even for normal people, dewd.
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pellucid: DRRpellucid on January 31st, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Good luck comment!fic, long-lost pairing in five minutes or less. *hugs* You'll do great tomorrow!

"You're not coming in tomorrow why?" He couldn't have heard what he thought he heard.

Monica sighed and looked up from her papers. "I'm having my wisdom teeth out. Minor surgery. Back on Monday." Her voice was a little clipped, but John couldn't tell if she was annoyed or nervous.

"Don't people usually have that done when they're teenagers or something?" He had vague memories of not being able to eat either his sixteenth or seventeenth Thanksgiving dinner because his mother had scheduled his surgery over the holiday weekend.

"Well, mine didn't come in, and I wasn't going to let some dentist go cutting in my mouth if it wasn't necessary."

"And now it's necessary?"

"Apparently." She picked at the edge of her desktop calendar distractedly. "I don't like going under anaesthesia. Makes me all panicky," she admitted.

"What flavor ice cream?" John asked suddenly.

"Huh?" She blinked.

"When I pick you up from your surgery tomorrow, what flavor ice cream should I bring?" he clarified, grinning a little.

Monica smiled, looked a little relieved. "Chocolate."
Little Red: xf - drr forever - Carolinamylittleredgirl on January 31st, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)

I never thought of this as being an inspiration for 'ship. Silly me. I'm considerably happier about this now.
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miera_c: always lookingmiera_c on January 31st, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
well, when you think about it, if they're operating on your mouth, having you intubated would just be a huge annoyance. The tube would be in their way.

*cuddles you*
Little Red: lc - tattoo - scarlett7188mylittleredgirl on January 31st, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
Well, yah, for sure, but I thought it was a requirement. I am pleased to be wrong. :)
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spacefiend: DDTspacefiend on January 31st, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
I had no such tube thingy when I got my wisdom teeth out. Just an IV. (And laughing gas, which is really fun. It took me at least 30 seconds to remember how to say hello when the surgeon walked in. But then again, I have major needle issues, so I was kinda hyperventilating the laughing gas cause I wanted to pass out before the needles showed up.)

I think they do wisdom teeth with only a local only if they're not impacted. All three of mine were, so I got knocked out - if yours are impacted, that's probably why they won't do just a local.
Little Red: lc - sanctuary - alexia88mylittleredgirl on January 31st, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
I thought laughing gas was only if they weren't doing general anesthesia...? And yah, all of mine are impacted and roots are around nerves and things, as I suppose all tooth roots are. I don't know. They made it sound interesting.
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AC: atlantis hot guyscheekygal on February 1st, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
Best of luck with your surgery tomorrow. May you be like me, one of the people who coasts through the whole thing with little trouble at all.

The most I had to deal with were little bits of food getting stuck in the holes and having to rinse them out. No biggie.

redbeardredbeard on February 1st, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
You'll be fine - it's pretty easy, and then you get the fun drugs afterwards! WHEEE FUN DRUGS!
fibonaccifibonacci on February 1st, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
hugs hugs hugs!
i watched a couple surgeries today... they're so weird. i'm scared of going under general too. mostly i think it's because i don't like the idea that anything could happen to me and i wouldn't know, i wouldn't be there. i think it's about the profoundest loss of control there is. and that is huge. but the drugs are so so so safe and the reasons to be scared are definitely psychological rather than medical. everything is going to be fine!! i promise. (plus the versed they give you right before you go under helps... : ) )
señora beaverhausen: [ firefly ] hoity toity dance of <3sombras_azules on February 1st, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Dude, good luck! I'll be thinking of you. *hugs*
bookbabe1999bookbabe1999 on February 1st, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
i've had my throat and esophagus and stomach looked at through a tube a few times. the nicest part about it is the drugs, if you ask me. didn't remember a thing, i just zonked out, and woke up later after everything was over. the throat was a little sore, but that was all an excuse to drink tea and lie on the couch with the drugs coursing through me.

you'll be okay, i promise. *hugs*
live the life you've imaginedcalleigh_j on February 2nd, 2007 09:59 am (UTC)
Good luck with the removal of the teeth. Just don't take any of the painkillers without eating beforehand - seriously, not a good idea. *hugs*
Little Redmylittleredgirl on February 5th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
You know, I seem to be backwards as far as painkillers go. They say "eat beforehand, take with lots of water." Every time I do that, I puke everything up. Yay. When I only have a teeny bit of water & yogurt, I'm fine. Go figure!

Thanks for the advice, tho. *hugs*