Fully agree with the sensitivity points, but I do like this idea
One of my stories is about being super squeamish - to the point that when people talk about needles or blood for more than about, ooh say 5 seconds, I go very faint and my wrists go all floppy (!)
As you can imagine, I tortured myself for weeks on the lead up to my cone biopsy op, lying awake at night imagining them digging the needle in me like a giant straw (gah! going weak as I type!) :shock: etc etc
Well when my doctor emailed me the consent forms and full detailed list of what could go wrong during surgery, I was at work. Realising what it was as I opened the email I already felt super apprehensive, but as i started to scroll through the attachment, I could feel the colour literally draining away from my face. It was quite possibly the longest list in the world, and by the time I got to the bit about emergency caesarians and blood transfusions I had to lie my head on my desk while my arms dangled limpy by my sides. This is the somewhat pathetic position my colleagues found me when they came breezing in all ‘good morning!’ etc! :roll:
I managed to compose myself, until the doctor then sent me a message asking me to pop in and do my pre-op bloods this morning (I work in the same building as my docs), instead of the appointment I had due the next day. Obviously this was a good thing really, as it meant I didn’t have chance to panic all night about it and turn up a drivelling wreck. But at that stage I sort of swerved into my boss’s office and shakily told him everything, on the brink of tears (well, no work was gonna get done!)
He listened incredulously that I have not had any blood taken in 10 years and while being sympathetic, gradually turned the conversation round to the point where even I could see the humour of my reaction. He never said I was over-reacting, but gently made me realise I was, and by the time I left his office I was actually smiling! Plus when I got there the nurse was quite busy and super efficient, so the was no time for my drama or waterworks - I was in and out in record time! To the point where even I was wondering what all the fuss had been about.
Amazing what anxiety can do to you isn’t it!
Nice work on ripping your gown, as if they don’t expose enough anyway!
I reckon one topic that alot of people may have amusing stories on is: the crap we talk when we come round from anaesthetic! Although I’ve lived in Spain 3 years, I just could not process the fact that all the hospital staff were speaking Spanish. Super confusing! And I was so convinced the tube would be in my wrist that I kept showing my bofriend how it was in my elbow instead. And repeat. And repeat! I was on loop with those 2 observations for about 20 mins lol; thank goodness my boyfriend is patient (I did wonder why he and my mum kept shooting each other amused glances