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Hi , this am i went in for a Bronchoscopy with EBUS under sedation. On arrval, the admitting nurse asked how i was feeling, I said a little nervous. 'You must relax ' she then went on to tell me how under a recent surgical procedure, how she panicked, had to be resucitated for 90 mins, during which time , she had out of body experiences..... Heart rate is rising. I asked how unpleasant the procedure was, 'not very pleasant' ...HEART rate goes up again.
Im taken through to the ward, given a robe , had a cannula inserted and told I just had to wait for the doctor. I enquired whether it would be the surgeon I know and trust as had been agreed. The nurse checked, and said no, a junior doctor would be carrying the procedure out....Heart rate pounding now.
The said doctor turned up, very pleasant, " is there anything you want to ask"...i asked why my own surgeon wasnt doing it, to be told he was away all week. I explained i was agitated and had specifically asked for him to do it, which he agreed via emails, which were in my files there.
I was asked if i wished to postpone it, I said no, Im here, cannula in, lets just do it.
I was taking into the theatre, put on the bed, given a rather spiteful injection in my trachea, which was not pleasant at all, followed by throat spray.
I was then given my 1st 'coctail ' ....felt nothing. A 2nd was then given, my eyes covered and then was aware of being made to bite on a mouth guard.
i started coughing the fluid from the injection up and was told to swallow it, 'Are you sleepy' i was asked....no was the response.
More was given and then I felt the tube in my throat and just started heaving BIG time....just take a deep breath i was told, I did , nothing happened.
By this time my heart rate was off the scale and they aborted the process, as legally they could give no more sedation and my heart rate was causing them concern i think.
i was wheeled back to the ward, and bizarly slept lightly for an hour.
The procedure was being done as I had pneumonia 18 months ago, and the CT scan showed an enlarged lymph node. A further CT scan in August, showed this to still be raised
The whole episode was horrific, has anyone else experienced sedation not working, and if so , what did you do ?
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