Monday, July 23, 2007
All My Boyfriends Are Here-Grey's Anatomy
This was a funny scene! Meredith was so breezy, happy and looped on her pre-op happy cocktail. However, for as much as I enjoyed it -I was also experiencing a sense of dread laced with panic.
The first time I experienced this feeling of dread and panic was after the birth of our 2nd son when after asking my OBGYN why he had me put out because I wanted to talk (of course I did!) with them while he was suturing, etc. and he said I talked the whole time but they gave me Versed and that is why I don't remember anything. (YIKES!) That is such a NEKKED feeling!
I discussed this in a post I wrote last December "Anesthesia, Meredith Grey and me".
I have also discussed this (although I don't remember exactly where) on Dr. Schwab's Surgeonsblog. His blog is an interesting read and I find myself drawn to it like a moth to flame. I find the surgical world to be quite fascinating and am in awe of their knowledge, skill, responsibilities, etc.. I knew I would be forever hooked on his blog after reading his post called "Taking Trust". He has written so many interesting posts and more recently "Bless the Child?" has caused quite a bit of controversy in his comment section.
I admit that I am now a surgical groupie and soak all the information up like a sponge because of my own experiences going to the OR and more recently being faced with a seemingly imminent surgery (that I no longer need) and because of his blog. :)
Addicted to Medblogs has posted her interview with Dr Schwab where he answers the pre-op anesthesia question and I am sure has more than a few of us unnerved! YIKES again! And I think he enjoyed that! He has also said that he will do a post on anesthesia effects on patients regarding lowered inhibitions. Looking forward to THAT post Dr. S.! :)
Dr Schwab has just put up his post called "Happy Talk" that helps to answer these questions. (Thanks Dr. S.!) As always - most interesting post and comments, although this girl still wonders. ;)
Aha! I KNEW there was more! Today - Tuesday - Dr Schwab has added a continuation on personal events in the OR. Admittedly, some of it is the Docs but then of course the patients too. Read more in his most recent post "Eau d'OR".
Again, I come back to the fact that I am friendly and can totally see myself doing the Meredith thing and yet I really believe I remember everything going in, even up to the point of being on the table. Besides - why give Versed BEFORE going under?
Grey's had another scene that was interesting. A woman was post-op and seemed alert but repeatedly asked her OBGYN if her baby was alright. What struck me with that scene was that EACH time she'd ask the Doc about her baby's condition the Doc answered EACH time with a reassuring look to the patient just as if it was the first time she asked. It looked like an instant replay!
It caused me to think of times for routine check-ups where I only had conscious sedation and feel like I remember everything afterward. I realize now that I and other patients probably do that and OR staff is used to it and it goes with the territory. I don't care about that but I do care that inhibitions could be lowered so that I do a Meredith - or worse.
Last fall a nurse was telling me that men who have been in combat sometimes re-experience the war memories that have been suppressed. That must be awful! And what about guys? Do they say things? What if they see someone attractive? What if they have secrets? I'm just wondering.
I think patients should be muzzled pre-op and post-op! ;)
Below - is another Youtube of an earlier ER episode where Dr Carter performs an appy on Dr. Benton but before he begins they take pictures of him and other OR staff and then afterward he checks in on DR Benton. He is groggy from the anesthesia and in his confusion reveals some personal info about himself. Hmmm...