Never say that again...

About 12 years ago I had surgery.
The incision became infected and landed me back at the hospital where the doctor suggested re-opening said incision.
In a quivering voice I asked 'you're going to numb it right?'

Dr.: it's infected, you won't feel the cut.

I'm pretty sure I started to black out at this point from shear panic. Thank goodness for the intern who patted my hand and said 'don't worry, I'll get you all numbed up.'

I still remember the fear and anger I felt that a doctor would allow me to feel any pain when it is well within his power to make sure I feel zero pain.

Fast forward to 8/6/2012:
Scene: dentist office
Visit: filling
Tech: 'you aren't going to want novocaine are you? Dr. B doesn't usually numb for these types of fillings.'

First let's highlight the fact that I didn't run for the door leaving a me shaped hole in it as I raced for the car.

Me to the tech: not only do I want to be numb, I want the gas as well...
If my option is to feel pain vs. not, I'll always choose the latter. If there is an option to not remember any of it, then I'm all over that as well...

Btw's, Dr. B has never allowed me to feel any pain during a procedure, for goodness sakes I slept thru both my root canals with him...

So the lesson today is this...

Never ever ask me if I want to forgo any novocaine, lidocaine or any other pain inhibitor unless my only option is to bite down on a wooden stick.

In which case I will probably use the stick to poke you...


Carmel

Comments

Julie said…
ack, how awful!! pain medication is a godsend. I hope you are doing okay!
Carmel said…
I'm doing great! I agree about pain meds being a godsend... if they weren't needed they never would have been invented...

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