I was put under sedation for the first time in my life the other day. That was an interesting experience. I had read and heard about it a little. So I had a clue what to expect.
The preparation the day before was the most unpleasant part. I had both a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. So, no food the day before. But I had to drink this nasty liquid the evening before. (The nurse recommended adding lemonade mix to it, to cover the taste. That helped a lot.)
The day of the procedure wasn't bad. A prick when they deadened my vein to put in the IV. Then they wheeled me in to the room. I got into a conversation with the nurses. They were talking about men who were useless with computers. And I mentioned that I was a web developer, so computers were my job. I also remember telling them that I wanted to get back into game development.
And that's it.
There was no fading out. No sense of drowsiness. Just... gone.
I'm told of some things that happened that I have no recollection of, even though I'm told I appeared to be awake at the time.
Apparently, the doctor came and talked to me. I don't remember that ever happening. (Hardly seems to be any point in him having that conversation with his patients, since they won't remember it.) I don't remember putting on my clothes. And while I think I remember standing up from the bed and people being concerned about my balance, I don't remember the wheelchair. Well, maybe I remember the footrests being put down for me. But I don't remember being wheeled out to the car. I think I remember during the car ride my mom suggesting that she take me to her place instead of home. But I don't remember arriving (the office is only a mile and a half from her house.)
I finally cleared up a bit later. It's hard to pinpoint when, of course.
A few people mentioned how fun the drugs were for them. But I didn't feel anything much different. No euphoria. No unusual calmness. I'm pretty happy and low-key most of the time, anyway.
I wonder if that's what blackout drinking is like? (I've never been drunk.) I'd guess it's not really very close. Since I felt completely normal until the sedative kicked in.
Still, it was weird being told about things that happened just a couple of hours earlier that I have no sense of.
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