Thursday, January 25, 2007

She don't lie, she don't lie....

Geez, the nurses are ganging up on me! Yes, yes, I know all that about pressure on the wound and blah blah blah...but you know, I needed breakfast PRONTO, and you can't keep a finger on the inside of your opposite elbow (or your arm straight) whilst driving home to deal with your ravenous hunger. :p

Needles, anaesthetics - that all got me thinking..... did you know (no, not you nurses - put your hands down and let somebody else answer please!) that when you have nasal surgery, they often use COCAINE as a local anaesthetic. I am not kidding. Check it out here, if you don't believe me.

So, the first of the 5 or 6 times that I had surgery on my nose, I'm lying there with my paper hat on, the canula's in the back of my hand, I've answered the same questions at least 3 times about allergies, what procedure I'm having etc, and I'm all set to go. The ENT surgeon arrives and says something about cocaine (Haha! Funny guy!) and I get this wet cotton wool shoved up my nose - which was really unpleasant, trust me. And then they wheel me into the theatre, and there's some problem with the oxygen, so there's a delay in getting started while they sort that out. So I'm chatting away to the theatre staff, and having a great time. In fact, I think I may have actually flexed my biceps for them ....I thought I was being SO witty and entertaining. It was only much later that I discovered that the surgeon wasn't joking about the cocaine. I wasn't being amusing at all - I was just off my face!

I still have no idea why anybody takes that stuff voluntarily...much less pays for it! Ugh. It's horrible.


Debstar said...

Maybe they take it because it makes them feel witty, sexy & desirable. I don't know 'cause I've never tried it and never likely to either. I'm guessing some would consider snorting more desirable than putting a needle into their arm.

I'd prefer an old fashioned glass of red to alter my mind any day.

Amy said...

Free cocaine! Heh.

That's really bizarre, although I spose it works! I don't see how it's legal though...?!

I've tried it voluntarily, twice. It was much more mild than any other stimulant I may have experimented with, but I had incredible cravings for more pretty quickly. The next day I just thought "Wow, that was overrated!"
I wouldn't say it was horrible, but I definitely wouldn't ever pay for it! Not that I partake in such experimentation anymore, anyway.

(both times it was free and offered to me at a drug dealer/gangland person's house, although I didn't know that at the time!)

Kek said...

Well, quite apart from the nasty burning sensation when you inhale, I hate feeling all weird and floaty and out of control. I dislike pethidine and morphine for the same reason (that and the hallucinations and the OMG-things-are-crawling-on-me sensation).

Maybe it's just because I'm a total control freak....

Petra said...

I have to admit I hate fasting blood tests too because I am usually starving by the time they are finally done... little trick girl... ask the nurse/phlebologist to put a pressure dressing on the stab site, that is, ask them to roll up some gauze and stick it down firmly... then you don't have to keep a finger on it and you have one hand free to munch on an apple or muesli bar or whatever else tickles your fancy... just don't let them use those cotton balls as dressing... they are as useless as tits on a bull.

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