Apparently, it was critical to me that my mum take my photo when I was coming around from the anesthetic last week. She says I asked about 18 times (I have no memory of any of this, but I believe her), so I feel like I should share this beautiful portrait of me. Photo credit: @janbarlow59 😂
On a more serious note, I’d like to share something about my experience waking up from the anesthetic. As many of you are likely aware, I live in constant battle with anxiety; I suffer from panic attacks, as well as general and social anxiety. When I started to wake from the anesthetic, my brain kicked into a full panic attack — I was in an unfamiliar environment, surrounded by people I didn’t know, and my brain wasn’t working properly, so it’s not surprising.
The nurses (who had access to my medical history) asked me if there was anything that helped me when this happened. I’m told I said “my mum.” Even though visitors aren’t generally allowed into the first stage of post-op recovery, the nurse went to the waiting room and asked if my mum was there. I only have spotty memories of any of this — mostly emotions — but, I distinctly remember her being beside me, holding my hand, and telling me that it was alright. I was also given three doses of midazolam to calm me down, which I’m sure didn’t hurt either.
Everyone responds to anesthetic differently, and we don’t fully understand how it affects different people. Everyone recovers differently and needs different care. I’m grateful that the nurses at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital were able to adapt their procedure to meet my needs and help facilitate my recovery.
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