A Gift for Sending People to Sleep

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This is week 2 of our theoretical Anaesthesia block. I’ll admit I haven’t been attending much class.

One reason is that I had a bad run-in with an Anaesthesia professor when dealing with student government business. And the other is that I’m really tired.

But mostly, it’s that when I attend class I fall asleep. Ironic, no?

The work is REALLY difficult, no matter what nonsense people spew about anaesthetists.  But it is rather boring. I’m having a really bad attitude regarding this, which is terrible. That’s why I forced myself to sit down and study and managed to finish a seventh of the work. If I carry on like this I’ll have an additional day to consolidate before my test.

It’s actually thanks to Mom that I had the energy to do ABC (Apply Bum to Chair).

She told me how she didn’t really like her OBGYN while she was pregnant with my little brother – a factor that can increase anxiety during surgery. During her elective C-section the anaesthetist talked to her throughout the procedure, and at some point she said she was feeling nauseous. A minute later he asked if the nausea was gone. When she responded in the affirmative he said he had given her some IV medicine.

After yesterday’s study session I think he gave her a phenothiazine. The guy was just doing his job, but he was being NICE about it, and did his best to keep my mom relaxed.

He made my mom’s experience a little better. Warm and fuzzy experiences inspire me. Here’s hoping  I can maintain that inspiration for the next 10 days.

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6 thoughts on “A Gift for Sending People to Sleep

  1. Haha I love your picture. Lectures were a form of anesthetic for me too! That’s good that you have a nice experience to inspire you to keep people calm and relaxed- I think sometimes doctors need to bend the truth a little so the patient doesn’t panic or get too upset x

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