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Mar 02, 2017 3:46 PM

So...
I'm due to have an operation or two nothing major but still needs GA (General Anaesthetic) which I have no idea on the timeline for and I'm due a Spine and Brain MRI with and without contrast under GA and I'm kinda sh*tting myself. In Pre-addmission they found that I might have a heart problem on my ECG too and this is on to of a lot o other things so i'm kinda just freaking out a bit

Mar 02, 2017 10:06 PM

Hang in there, tiredinpainninsane. It can be scary to go under anesthesia but the reality is that there is a whole team of professionals with you to make sure things go right, not to mention a slew of machines to monitor your every breath, twitch and heartbeat. Let your nurses know you are anxious as soon as you go into prepping and they will give you extra reassurance. I work with these wonderful nurses, suRgeons and anesthesiologists every day. They are awesome on both sides of the table! Hugs and prayers!

Mar 02, 2017 10:30 PM

Hang in there Tired, I've had more MRIS then i can count and they really are no big deal, a little loud but other then that i just relax. I've also had six surgeries and all has gone OK, feel a little groggy afterwards but other then that u should be good to go. I know it's scary at first but it's worth it when it's over. Sending prayers your way

Mar 03, 2017 11:32 AM

You got this hun. Its a lot to take in.. And a lot to go through. Write down any questions or concerns you May have. Then when you talk to the anesthesitist have them go over the list with you. Do the same for your doctor. It helps you to focus on whats truly concerning you.

When I was in nursing school one thing they stressed is the difference between being informed (both as a nurse and as a patient) and being .. Can't remember the word. But basically when we have symptoms or get news but not a diagnosis yet our tendency is to go read everything we can find on it. Now with the internet you have info at the tip of your fingers. We forget though that not every case is the same.. And not every story is the truth.

So please don't over think this. Be pro-active. Figure out what concerns you the most then bring it to the appropriate person's attention.

Oh - and breathe hun. You got this.

Mar 13, 2017 4:56 PM

Hi all, so I had the MRI under GA today. went into the hospital by ambulance at 9am, saw the anaesthetics fellow (becoming a consultant in may tho) at 11:15am then got rushed into a gown and anti-embolism stockings and taken to the imain department at 12:00pm. soon after I went into the anaesthetics room, meet the consultant and met the fellow I had shown to earlier. They gave some pain killers so I could roll onto my back for them (I can't be on my back for more than a few seconds except for things like this where I find a way to just do it because it will be over soon.) they began to put me to sleep worth propofol and before I was asleep I had to take several "as deep as you can" breaths of pure 100% oxygen so they had enough time to intubate me. I woke up around 3:40pm in recovery the anaesthetist (fellow) checked on me and was the one that woke me. I got taken back to the ward at 4:00pm and had a cup of tea and a small sandwich then the consultant anaesthetist came to see me and check on everything and I went home by ambulance again.

I won't lie, I was anxious to the point of shaking and appearing as if shivering when I got near the anaesthetics room but I was calmer than I would've been because they answered all of my questions so I knew what was to come (e.g. The ETT) and because the consultant was very comforting and I and they tried to make jokes e.g. about propofol being milk (because it looks like it). Thank you all for being so supportive of my first GA and I'm yet to find out scan takes and I need to get a copy but things went okay considering. I have neurology for my headaches on Friday which have caused me to avoid tech a lot

Mar 13, 2017 5:03 PM

Hi. Sorry im new here .so just saw this. I'm happy to hear that everything went well. And it is very normal to be nervous or however you felt when not knowing what to expect. 😊

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