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1,243 - Getting an Anesthetic

September 16th, 2016

Episode 455 of 489 episodes

Count backwards from 100 while listening to this episode. If you fall asleep before it’s over, you’re probably about to have surgery. You'd better start listening right away. Slow dialog: 1:35 Explanations: 3:59 Fast dialog: 16:20 Nurse: I’m here to prep you for your procedure. Did the doctor already talk to you about the general anesthetic you’ll be getting? Bruce: I don’t need a general anesthetic. I want to be conscious during the procedure. Nurse: You’ll be inhaling a general anesthetic and getting an intravenous muscle relaxant. That’s standard for this procedure. Bruce: I’m not a wimp. Tell the doctor all I need is a local anesthetic to numb the area. Nurse: You’ll need something stronger. You don’t want to feel any sensation or pain during the procedure. Bruce: I’m not afraid of a little pain. Bring it on! Nurse: Anyway, the general anesthetic will wear off soon after the procedure. However, the doctor will keep you under sedation for the rest of the day so you can rest. Bruce: Forget it. When it’s done, I’m going home. I’m not staying here overnight. Nurse: That’s not advisable. You need to remain under observation for 24 hours. Bruce: That’s for other people. I’m tough. I’ll be up and ready to go. What’s that needle for? Nurse: It’s to give you a shot before your procedure. Bruce: [whimpers] I don’t like needles. Get that away from me! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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