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Major Surgery Without Painkillers

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  • Kelsey
    May 8, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I used self hypnosis as a pain management technique during my unmedicated labors, and I’ve heard that it can be remarkably effective for surgical procedures when anesthesia isn’t an option. If I were ever in a similar position as the guy in the first article, I would definitely be exploring that option. That was an intense read!

  • Laura
    May 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I go to a small Vietnamese nail salon in a suburb of Seattle. The women all live locally, unlike those in this article. A patron from Vietnam told me how women in her country get pedicures every two weeks. How could they afford it, I asked. She then described how manicurists walk the city streets with their basket of tools. For $2-5 dollars equivalent, they ply their trade in the homes of their customers. Customers provide nail polish (and their own tools if they wish.) Vietnamese women typically wear open-toed sandals so they need manicures every two weeks and it is affordable. Also the nail polish available in Vietnam doesn’t wear as well as ours. Because of this culture it may not be as strange or as abusive as it seems to us that they are bused to work in salons.

  • Jamie
    May 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Re: surgery w/o anesthesia.
    So, am I an insensitive jerk when the first thought through my mind was, “Eh…sounds like unmedicated labor, birth, and getting sewn back together to me.”

    • Making it Lovely
      May 8, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      I thought the same thing. I think every woman that has given birth compares a story like that to her own experience. Right? I’ve been stitched back up with no numbing (because of my lidocaine allergy). I also hemorrhaged with a retained placenta and had to have it manually removed — far worse than the birth.

      It sounds like he was numbed for the incision and only felt the bone breaking. Way to be a baby about it, dude! (I kid, I kid. It sounds horrible and traumatic.)

  • J.S. Oxford— The House of Muses
    May 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    That tale of surgery. Oh my. I thank my lucky stars I’ve never had to do that. D: Wow. It was like a car crash. I just… had to keep reading, even though I might throw up a little.

  • judy
    May 8, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I read a piece on line about an instance where patients undergoing surgery wake during their procedure. Because they have also been give a paralyzing agent to assure they remain still they had no way to alert the Surgeon. One woman kept having her blood pressure spike so high that they would stop but then start again, finally she had a heart attack and they opened her up and began to massage her heart. Finally! at this point the Surgeon asked the Anesthesiologist if he was sure she was under, when he checked he found one of the canisters had something that was not anesthesia! Yikes!

  • kim
    May 14, 2015 at 1:08 am

    thanks for the pulp link – i’d never heard the story behind the song before, just the album over and over on cassette tape on my walkman back in the day. love it. :)