by Trevor Somerville
(Sydney, New South Wales Australia )
I have had a number of procedures from routine gastroscopies and colonoscopies up to open heart surgery without any unusual experiences while under anaesthesia. Most minor procedures have been facilitated by the use of midazolam which has placed me totally unaware of my circumstances until awakening in the recovery room. This time I was aware of conversations and responded to my surgeon’s request to stop moving my leg. I experienced no pain at all and was not at all distressed by my awareness of external noise and activity. The entire procedure was far less disturbing than dental surgery. A patient should feel perfectly relaxed before surgery as there is no pain or discomfort and one’s perception of time is that it is compressed. My next cataract surgery is on 7th December and I’m very relaxed and can not wait until it’s all done as my sight has improved dramatically with just the removal of one cataract. So dramatic has been the improvement that I have ceased wearing glasses that have been used for 60 years. Non smokers like me are rewarded for the good judgment made as a youth when young and stupid.