Anesthesia is, undoubtedly, an essential part of modern medicine. A patient’s ability to essentially sleep through painful and invasive procedures allows doctors to perform more complex surgeries and treatments without risk of putting their charges in shock or even more pain.
Not to be taken lightly, however, anesthesia needs to applied judiciously. After all, it’s a powerful drug, and even when it’s used right, people still react to it in unpredictable ways.
That’s why someone asked these medical professionals about the craziest things that they witnessed patients say or do while under anesthesia. Their answers, unsurprisingly, did not disappoint!
1. One medical student studying anesthesia said that, during one of his clinical rotations, an old man woke up and asked him if he still had his genitals. The student reassured him that he did, to which the man responded, “Aw, you guys are great!”
2. Two nurses were struggling to get a sleeping man onto a gurney, so his wife poked her anesthetized husband in the ribs and said, “You’re snoring, roll over.” He then rolled right onto the gurney! Hey, whatever works.
3. Evidently, one anesthetized patient began saying terrible things about her sister, calling her the black sheep of the family—a “scumbag”—and even admitting that she wanted to sleep with her husband. Unfortunately, she didn’t realize that her sister was right there in the doorway… and was the only member of the family to lend her support during the surgery.
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