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Hilarious Stories About People Coming Out of Anesthesia

20. Thinking aliens are harvesting you when really it is just the doctor.  Traumatic injury or stroke causes coma, which is a prolonged state of unconsciousness.… Trista - August 31, 2021
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20. Thinking aliens are harvesting you when really it is just the doctor.

 Traumatic injury or stroke causes coma, which is a prolonged state of unconsciousness. There are three types of coma: toxic metabolic encephalopathy, persistent vegetative encephalopathy, and medically induced.  leetskeet shares a story on Reddit explaining: “My mum was recently quite sick and was in an induced coma for three days. She told me that when she woke up (having been on a cocktail of drugs for three days). And she thought that she was on an alien spaceship.

She woke up, and all she could see was the lights above her and a drip in her arm, which she thought was the aliens harvesting her blood or something. My mum saw two docs walking towards her, and she tried to scream but couldn’t because of her dry throat. There were monitors she had attached to her to measure her heart rate, which she tried to rip off before escaping the ship but was fortunately apprehended by the doctors.”

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19. No one likes a drunken monkey.

After a few hours of Anesthesia, the patient is normally examined completely by checking their heart rate or breathing because right after anesthesia, the patient might feel groggy or confused. As patricksaurus explains: “I was going in for surgery when I was around 16. I had never been drunk or high, so anesthesia was a completely foreign feeling for me. I guess I was administered a sedative because I recall my parents talking to me before they wheeled me in and feeling very odd.

After I woke up, my surgeon came by the recovery room to check-in, and he asked me if I still felt the same way about monkeys. I had no freaking idea what he was talking about, and I guess I tried to play it off because I felt awkward. As it turns out, right before I got put under, I told someone (evidently with great solemnity) that “no one likes a drunken monkey.” To this day, I have no fricking clue what that meant.”  

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18. When you almost lose the IV and have to let the nurses know before it is too late.

Adenoids are present at the back of the nose. These are lymphoid tissues. When adenoids are removed through surgical operation, the process is termed Adenoidectomy. Doodl3s shares his story saying: “I was getting my adenoids removed… kind of like tonsils of the nose. The nurse is fixing the blanket on my arm, and the IV comes right out of my arm! Bear in mind that half the cocktail was already in me.

The rest was pouring onto my arm. At this point, I’m scared to death they won’t notice, and I’ll wake up mid-surgery! So, I sit up, FIGHTING against the massive headache I have from fighting not to fall asleep, and show the doctor. He SHOVES the nurse to the side, muttering something, and she just steps back, apologizing profusely. The doctor pops the IV in. I say thank you, and pass the heck out finally.”

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17. When the nurse can’t find a vein for the IV.

It is also known as nerve block injection, in which a pain killer is injected into the patient’s body. The injection temporarily relieves all the pain. A Redditor shares his experience, saying: “I have a similar story. I was being sedated for a nerve block before ankle surgery, and the nurse kept trying to find a deep vein on my hand in between the thumb and first finger. After creeping me out with the tube swirling under my skin, trying to hit the vein, she finally opted for a vein below my ring finger. I’m on my belly, so they can do whatever they’re doing on the back of my knee.

My hand is in front of my face, and suddenly the IV thing pops out of the needle, and the medicine is just dripping out all over my hand. Mind you, needles and things are being put in my leg that I can’t see, and I did not want to start feeling it. The nurse had been kind of crotchety because of finding a vein, it was late, like 8 pm, and I could tell she was tired. But when I called her over for the spilled IV, she suddenly woke her butt up and got nice to me.”

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16. He counted backward but didn’t fall asleep.

Appendectomy termed is used for the removal of the appendix from the body due to inflammation or infection. The appendix gets inflamed when bacteria multiply. It is located on the lower side of the abdomen. A Redditor with the name DL_DeadBolt explains: “My appendix was about to rupture. I was in the most excruciating pain I’ve ever been in my entire life. Yeah, I mean, if that was a 10, getting kicked in the balls is like a 6. I could not stand at all and constantly dry-heaved. So, I sat in the ER for four hours while different nurses and doctors came in and prodded my appendix.

One nurse was dumb enough to try to make me drink some water and then poke my abdomen. I spewed water and stomach acid all over her. That was my only moment of pleasure in those four hours. Anyway, they finally get the doctor that is on-call in, and they rush me to the surgery room. This one young surgeon (maybe young enough to be doing his residency) tells me to start counting backward from 100. I ask him if I should do it out loud or in my head. He said it didn’t matter. So, I do that. I count slowly with my eyes closed. I get to 0 and open my eyes. Now there are five people that are obviously cutting me open down there (I can’t feel anything, but I can feel the tugging sensation.”

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15. Please, just kill me!

Due to bacterial infection sinus gets inflamed. This condition is known as Sinusitis. It is also a result of cold and flu. Symptoms are pain, swelling, block nasal passage, and headache, etc. sinus is the opening of the nasal pathway. Humans have four types of sinuses, frontal sinus in the forehead, sphenoid sinus behind the ethmoids, ethmoids sinus in between eyes, and maxillary sinus behind the cheeks. And these four together are termed paranasal sinuses.

A Redditor with the name Ebmoclas shares his story saying: “I had surgery four days ago on my sinuses. It didn’t go well, and the morphine did not affect it at all. It took them three hours before they tried ketamine and other pain killers. During that time, I had been begging them to kill me. They had drilled through multiple bones, broken my nose, and removed a bucket full of growths, polyps, and infected tissue. I am now at home recovering from pneumonia which I picked up during my stay.”

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14. Testicular cancer and candy do not go together.

Testicular cancer is a type of cancer that appears on the male testis. This cancer is controllable and treatable. It mostly occurs at the age of 15 to 45. Initially, it is controllable, but at the last stage, it leads to death. A Redditor vtron explains: “A few years ago, I had surgery for testicular cancer, after five years, I was going to get put under for the umpteenth time to check to see if I’ve still got cancer. I knew what my parents were up to when we went to the hospital, and I wasn’t having ANYTHING to do with it.

Yes, I was being a total jerk in the waiting room, and I stubbornly refused to let go of a table leg or something. So, I was messed up and sick of dealing with doctors, hospitals, etc., and was being the most abrasive and intractable five-year-old you could ever possibly imagine. The doc comes out and entices me with a piece of candy or some crap and tells me we’re going on a little “tour” of the places no one gets to see. Yeah, fricking right. We go into the operating room, and he shows me the anesthetic mask, which looks like a scaled-down version of the oxygen masks used by fighter pilots.”

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13. Waking up before the operation is over.

A disorder that is present from birth and is a congenital disease. It is a deformity present in the chest wall in which the ribs face an inward position. Usually, in a normal person, they are directed outward. A Redditor shares his story saying: “I had pectus repair surgery, and after the first procedure, I had woken up ahead of schedule. The surgery entailed shoving a metal bar in my chest and then bending all of my ribs outward, and then affixing the metal bar to my ribs with a brace.

They hadn’t been able to get the medicine for my epidural drip, which would effectively numb my whole chest. I spent 20 minutes in unbearable pain, unable to muster as much as a plea for help. I believe I did manage a pretty good death stare for the doctor, but that is about it. Since then, no other physical pain has really been comparable.” 

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12. Laughing hysterically seems pretty strange during surgery.

Any sharp thing which implants the outer covering of skin is called a splinter. For removal, you need to sterilize tools, ensure proper handwashing, use pins gently or tweezers for pulling it out. A Redditor shares his experience, saying: “When I was six or so, I got a huge splinter in the back of my leg while sliding back and forth on a picnic table bench. I kept it secret long enough for it to get quite infected. Infected enough that when my mom found the “wound,” she rushed me to the emergency room, and the doctors were concerned enough they decided to do surgery right then.

The concern was enough that they didn’t put me under. They took me straight to surgery, shot my leg with some local anesthetic, and got to cutting. Oddly enough, when they started cutting, I started laughing hysterically. I was laughing so hard they had to strap me down to the table. The worst part was they didn’t even find the splinter, and they had to do surgery on me again a couple of weeks later.”

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11. Getting blood all over your face.

It is a congenital disease, i.e., you’re born with it. The main function of the valve is the opening and closing with the heartbeat and ensure that blood flows in the right direction. As sagard explains his experience: “I was getting my bicuspids out, and they decided to numb me up instead of knocking me out. The Dr. novocaine and NOed me up, and then BOTH the nurse and the doc decided to leave the room for whatever reason.

Around this time, I discovered that my lips felt like jelly, so I did the only logical thing: I started tugging on it to see how far I could stretch it out. Well, skin only stretches so far before it snaps, so my lip split pretty quickly. The nurse comes back, sees me gushing blood all down my face and clothes, grinning like a fool, screams for the doctor. They just knocked me out for my wisdom teeth after that.”

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10. Receiving a skin graft from the buttocks.

Skin grafting is the transplantation of the affected area of the skin. Affected skin is maybe due to allergy, burns, or injury. Skin grafting has two types. Split-thickness grafts in which the top layer of skin is removed. The second one is a full-thickness graft in which the epidermis is removed from the donor site. A Redditor dml180283 shares a story saying: “I had to go under to have skin grafts done for the second time that week. On my butt, by the way, the skin was being donated from my thighs (awesome times).

Count back from 100. I think I got to about 94. I imagine it would be like the previous surgery, you know, wake up back in my room or recovery ward high as heck on painkillers. No. I woke up halfway through it. As I was lying face down, I turned and look to the side where the Anaesthesiologists were kind of sitting, just chilling out, doing not much of anything. I was like, what the heck? He was pretty much like, Oh crap. Then I felt the pain. And then I started screaming like a fricking lunatic. Sort of like in the movies, blood-curdling screams. Until I was promptly knocked out again.”

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9. Giving a kid ketamine.

Various types of medication are given to patients to reduce pain; sedation is one of them. It relaxes patients completely and makes them sleepy. Youhave maybe heard it called monitor anesthesia. It is usually used in minor surgeries and less complex procedures. rumentrocar shares his experience saying. “During my paramedic clinical in the ER, an eight or so year old kid came in with a laceration to his finger that needed about ten sutures. The attending decided that conscious sedation was the best route and elected to use ketamine. I was pretty excited to see this stuff used in kids as I had only seen it used in animals during my time as a vet tech.

So, we find a quiet place and dim the lights (to help lessen ketamine-induced hallucinations) and give the kid his ketamine. His reaction was just like that of so many cats before him: his eyes went wide, and his limbs went out as if the world was spinning underneath him. Unlike cats, however, he began bargaining: “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, let’s talk about this.”, “Talk about what, Timmy?” “This and this stuff here. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, “Timmy, we are going to fix your finger.” “Are you sure that’s a good idea? I mean, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, come on, “Timmy, it’ll be over in just a minute.”, “Doc, have you done this before? I mean, really done this?”

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8. A cystectomy means you get crayons!

Removal of the urinary bladder is termed cystectomy. It is used to treat and eliminate cancer. There are several cystectomy methods; one is partial cystectomy, and another one is radical cystectomy. bunnies501 explains: “My boyfriend had a cyst removed and had to be put under. I didn’t see him go under, but apparently, he didn’t say much. (Nurse and anesthesiologist were kinds of being a jerk to me for no utter reason, and I already wasn’t happy with the surgeon.) We had agreed on a sentence that I would say, and he’d answer just to see if he was in the right state of mind…

(The sentence was “can you buy me some crayons, I think I ate mine.”) well, I walked into the recovery room where all I heard was, “and then this happened…whoaaaaa…, and I saw the lights…whoaaaaa…and I don’t remember anything whoaaaaaaa removal of the urinary bladder is termed cystectomy. It used to pull out cancer away. There are several methods of cystectomy. One is partial cystectomy, and another one is Radical cystectomy.”

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7. Flourothane anesthesia might cause liquid, green air, and moving objects.

Flourothane is a gaseous form of Anesthesia used as an inhalation. It includes serious side effects like difficulty in breathing or abnormal heart rate. Apart from that, nausea and vomiting are the most common side effect of it. A Redditor kat_fud shares his experience, saying: “When I was in college, I met a guy who was an operating room orderly at the local hospital. One night there were a few people over at his house, and he pulled out a big test tube full of clear liquid. He said it was anesthesia called flourothane, and he poured a little bit on a rag, handed it to me, and said, ‘huff this.’

I huffed a little too strongly because the next thing I remember was waking up on the floor. My friends told me that I took a huge whiff, then stood up and immediately did a nose-dive into the floor. My glasses were messed up, and I had a nice big rug burn on the left side of my face. I was more careful on my next turn and quite enjoyed the experience. It felt a lot like you do when you inhale nitrous oxide, but it lasted about 15 minutes. The air seemed liquid with a green tint, and moving objects left trails. That night was the only time I used flourthane. I don’t remember how I explained the rug burn to everybody else.”

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6. When you almost die during a routine wisdom tooth removal.

Tooth decay usually happens when bacteria attack the surface of your teeth. This can be a result of improper oral hygiene. It leads to cavities, which are holes in the teeth. It can be easily removed but might result in swelling and pain. A Redditor shares his experience. “The first time I ever was to go under general anesthetic, they gave me some sedative first, and then they’re going full-on mask. Well, “count backward from 100 please, eqdw”. So, I start and pass out very quickly. And then wake up about a minute later to hear “beep” and a nurse, in an incredibly calm voice “his heart stopped.”

This is common. It happens about once a month at that clinic. Normally they stab the patient with an epi-pen and keep going, but my doc had gone to med school with my dad, and I guess he wanted to be extra careful. They aborted the surgery (wisdom teeth, if you’re curious). Two months later, I went back for the second try. This time, they just gave me an industrial-strength stimulant before the drugs. My heartbeat was probably at about 150 (obviously, it’s hard to measure this when the drugs start coming) before I passed out. That time, it went without incident.”

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5. Singing after a spinal anesthetic tap.

It is a type of anesthesia in which the patient stays awake throughout the operation without feeling anything. It is usually injected into the spinal cord, but sometimes through a drip, it is also added to the blood. During delivery, it is injected in women. Spinal anesthesia can be used in urology. It includes bladder or genital surgeries. Orthopedics includes the operation of bones. Vascular includes operations in blood vessels. Obstetrics includes cesarean section. Sometimes doctor combines spinal anesthesia with general anesthesia, and this is the best option for the patient.

A Redditor shares his experience. “I woke up during surgery (I’d only had a spinal anesthetic and then meds to make me sleep) and began telling everyone how “Fricking awesome” they all were for doing my surgery so early in the morning (It was 8 am). Then I started singing ‘The Night Pat Murphy Died’ whilst the surgeon was closing me up. The surgery was on St. Patrick’s Day. While in the recovery room (and still pretty darn loopy), I noticed that the monitor machines had Ethernet ports and wouldn’t quit asking the nurses questions about them.”

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4. Choking on gas anesthesia is pretty scary.

The most common anesthesia is in gas form. These are desflurane and isoflurane, which are chemically reacted with halogenated ethers. Along with halogens, alkanes are also attached to them. Anesthesia affects the cardiovascular system by decreasing mean arterial pressure and by decreasing the systematic vascular system. It also affects the pulmonary, hepatic, and central nervous systems. And in pulmonary anesthetic, which is inhaled decreases tidal concentration. A Redditor Sciar shares his experience, saying: “When I was little, I was having an operation, and they gave me the gas form of anesthesia.

I remember freaking out after about 10+ seconds because it felt like I couldn’t breathe with that mask on, and I’d been trying to keep my stuff together. Anyways out of the blue, I decided to fight it, and I pulled off the mask and sucked in a huge breath of air. I fuzzily remember the rest as the medical staff held me down, and I kicked and fought to free myself from this awful smell and choking. I woke up the mid-fight, and they ran over to pin me back down until I realized what was going on.”

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3. When a patient doesn’t know if he is talking out loud or in his head.

Compressing your foot and putting ice on it helps reducing pain or inflammation. We can wrap the wound by following steps like wrapping around the foot. Hold the bandage against the wound and make sure the bandage must be tight. The second step is to wrap against the ankle, hold the bandage move slightly upward towards the ankle. Ensure that every turn leaves at one inch overlapping the preceding layer. The last one is finishing the wrap by covering the whole foot and ankle tightly, put medical tape on it to secure the bandage.

A Redditor shares his story saying: “After ankle surgery, I was being wheeled out on the hospital bed when I came to, and I saw my wrapped-up foot and thought, “Oh, someone just got surgery. I wonder when it’s my turn…Oh… that’s my foot… Did I just say that out loud?” I couldn’t tell if my thoughts were coming out of my mouth or not, so I shut up until I got to the recovery room. A similar thing happened with my wisdom tooth surgery. I came to while being wheeled out to my car, and I think/say, “Is this my car? Where are we going?”  

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2. Popping your knee back in place deserves some pizza.

As the patella stays in its position, a person can walk, sit, and run. When it dislocates from the place, a person might suffer from pain. Symptoms involve knee buckles, inability to support your weight, slips off the side, stiffness, cracking, pain when you sit or bend your knees, and pain increases as a person’s activity increases. Treatment of dislocating knee is to replace, and the process is termed as reduction. In reduction, the doctor fixes the knee cap by applying force. The doctors recommend exercise; it will strengthen the legs, which leads to the patella staying in its place.

If the knee is relatively dislocated, then nonsurgical treatment is recommended. As explained by a Redditor catch10110: “I had dislocated my patella, and it was kind of just stuck out there, so I ended up having to go to the hospital. They gave me some drug that they said makes you blackout for 15-20 minutes, so you are still awake when they fix you…you just won’t remember it. When they popped the kneecap back in place, it hurt just a little bit, as I screamed at them that they were all a bunch of GODS DAMNED. Then I asked if I could have some pizza.”

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1. He couldn’t remember anything, thanks to the IV.

Some drugs are directly injected into veins by intravenous injection or infusion. It helps in medications dosing for heart attack, stroke, or poisoning. Many drugs cause pain due to their pH level. When it is injected into the vein, it becomes red and inflamed, termed as Phlebitis. It has two types, direct intravenous injection and intravenous infusion. In the first type, the drug volume is low and injected into an entry port such as cannula. Whereas the second type contains drugs in large volumes and connects to the patient’s vein. These two methods depend on drug concentration and the factors of patients like the accessibility of IV and parallel disease, for example, heart failure.

The infusion will be irregular. This injection is injected in peripheral and central veins. Peripheral includes hand and arm, in peripheral, this drug accumulated and block the path whereas central vein, is much more resistant to drugs. A Redditor GIMR shared his story saying: “I only had one surgery. I was sitting upon a counter or something, and they started giving me drugs via IV. I said, “I don’t feel tired…” and then I woke up in recovery with my whole bottom half numb with my mother sitting there. I told her I couldn’t feel my legs, and she said that already told her that they think they might’ve given me a little too much anesthesia.”

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