So I’m on my way to a date with a scalpel, and I’m nervous.
They say it’s no big thing. Simple procedure, only takes 30 minutes or so.
I’m sure they’re right. I’m sure everything will be ok.
It’s just that I get nervous when needles, scalpels, and anaesthetic are involved.
And it’s not like they do anything to ease the anxiety – to the contrary, the whole process is designed to extend the discomfort. No food or water after midnight, so you’re hungry and totally parched while you’re waiting. No painkillers or other medication for a full week ahead of time.
I get the no-food thing, and the no-water thing makes a very slight amount of sense. But it doesn’t do anything to make one feel less uneasy about the situation.
Personally, I think they should give you a small supply of demerol, to start taking as soon as the anxiety sets in. That would go a long way to making the whole process run a little smoother. At least from the patient’s point of view.