About 15 years ago, my Mom underwent a minor surgical procedure. Of everyone in my family, Mom is the most uncomfortable in the medical setting. Strong in every other sense but keep her away from doctor-patient encounters.
The surgery took place under local and IV sedation. For her particular procedure, Mom had to be awake in order to respond to commands- she was thoroughly sedated. My older sister was also present in the operating room I can't remember if she was there strictly for comfort or if she was assisting. Either way, Mom felt more at ease knowing her daughter was at her side.
The preparations were completed and Mom was given the happy juice, Versaid. Here are a few snippets of my Mom's exclamations during her procedure:
* Here we go again!!! What was my BP? (She said this each time her blood pressure was automatically taken - I am told she wouldn't stop asking till someone told her)
* Hey! It is cold in here.
* Where is my husband? Are you still here, oldest daughter? Where is Wicked? Where is the youngest?
* Did you all remember to walk the dog?
* Here we go again! What's my pressure?
* Did you know that I have 3 daughters?
* The eldest is the prettiest one but you DON’T want to see her without any makeup.
* Here we go again! Are the numbers good?
* Oh, please don't tell her I said that. It's our secret, okay?
* You all need to hurry up because I am getting tired of this. Eldest daughter, tell them to hurry up.
* Guess what? My husband and I are going out dancing after this and we will eat filet mignon.
* Here we go again! Let me guess this time, 140/90. Am I right?
I was not present in the operating room but I was present when they wheeled my Mom into the recovery room. Needless to say, the team that brought her there was snickering the whole time. My sister look embarrassed.
Mom and Versaid an enlightening combination.