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Awake during surgery: rare, but frightening
MSNBC ^ | 05.18.04

Posted on 09/30/2005 5:36:03 PM PDT by Coleus

WEIHRER
Carol Weihrer talks to a group at the Trinity Methodist Church, in April in Virginia. Weihrer is speaking out about anesthesia awareness after her experience of feeling her surgery under general anethesia during an eye operation.
Linda Spillers / AP file

MCLEAN, Va. - The pain in Carol Weihrer’s eye was so severe she decided to have it surgically removed, believing it was the only way to get on with life.

Instead, the surgery was the beginning of an unending nightmare. Her anesthesia failed, leaving her awake but paralyzed for a five-hour surgery in which doctors cut and gouged to remove her right eye.

“You feel really grueling pulling on your eye, but you can’t move to relieve the pressure,” Weihrer said recently.

‘You’re sure you’ll die if you can’t let them know you’re awake...And then you think, ‘Maybe you did die ... and maybe you’re in hell’.’

— Carol Weihrer

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: alphawaves; anesthesia; anesthesiologist; awake; awakeduringsurgery; bis; brainwaves; hospital; hospitals; ouch; surgery; thetawaves; wideawake
I read about the BIS about 5 yrs. ago in the health section of my local paper. I have yet to meet a doctor, nurse or hospital employee who knows about it.

Does your hospital and anesthesiologist use a Bispectral Index Monitor

1 posted on 09/30/2005 5:36:07 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: neverdem


2 posted on 09/30/2005 5:36:29 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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I heard a fella talk about being wide awake while his heart was cut open and sliced and stabbed and he was unable to do anything whatsoever about it.

His name was Sam Kinison.


3 posted on 09/30/2005 5:43:32 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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I miss him.


4 posted on 09/30/2005 5:46:20 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: wideawake


5 posted on 09/30/2005 5:48:00 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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Paging John Edwards.....paging John Edwards.


6 posted on 09/30/2005 5:48:03 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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... That poor woman...

Just Damn.


7 posted on 09/30/2005 5:53:26 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (an enemy of islam -- Joe Boucher; Leapfrog; Dr.Zoidberg; Lazamataz; ...)
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As do I. I KNOW what side of the protest lines Sam would be on.

"This is AMERICA! Reagan is President and Clint Eastwood has his own police force!"


8 posted on 09/30/2005 5:53:26 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: Coleus

I've been lucky enough to have not needed surgery. This is my biggest fear. I watched too many Twilight Zone shows as a kid.


9 posted on 09/30/2005 6:04:16 PM PDT by queenkathy (I'm not a complete idiot. Some parts are missing.)
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To: Coleus

Imagine how Terri Schiavo felt...


10 posted on 09/30/2005 6:07:27 PM PDT by sarasmom (What is the legal daily bag limit for RINOs in the USA?)
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To: Coleus
I experience a similar pain in politics nearly every day. I know what's wrong, what needs to be done but I am essentially powerless to do anything about it.
11 posted on 09/30/2005 6:49:18 PM PDT by Nateman (Socialism is a cancer of the body politic.)
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To: Coleus

Thanks for the ping.


12 posted on 09/30/2005 7:23:55 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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My sister showed me an article a couple years ago that discussed people being aware during surgery. The premise at the time was that redheads actually didn't take well to the anesthesia, for some reason. And from the picture, it appears that Ms. Weihrer has red hair.


13 posted on 09/30/2005 8:17:05 PM PDT by Joann37
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To: Coleus

I woke up in the middle of eye surgery too, but a flick of the finger was all it took to catch someone's attention, they upped my anaesthetic level and in no more than two seconds I was back under.


14 posted on 09/30/2005 8:23:22 PM PDT by Veto! ( Left Coaster with nothing to fear but quakes and volcanos--and liberals)
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you were lucky you were able to move, from what I understand a patient is usually given a paralyzing drug in most surgeries to, I think, stop muscle contractions and block nerve impulses so the muscles and other parts won't contract.


15 posted on 09/30/2005 9:26:21 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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I had a friend who was aware during bypass surgery. He had no way to tell the doctors that he was feeling the whole thing.

He wasn't Stan Kenison, but he was red headed.


16 posted on 10/01/2005 7:31:39 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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"I read about the BIS about 5 yrs. ago in the health section of my local paper. I have yet to meet a doctor, nurse or hospital employee who knows about it. "

Boy, that's scary. It could be this is such a horrific and frightening thing to patients doctors like to greatly play it down and to talk about technology for it is like admitting there is the need for it.

I have never heard the red hair theory about this awake during surgery (seems like there should be a word for it). That is very interesting.
17 posted on 10/01/2005 7:57:20 AM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: RandallFlagg

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18 posted on 10/02/2005 1:31:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Sunday, August 14, 2005.)
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19 posted on 10/02/2005 1:32:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Sunday, August 14, 2005.)
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To: Veto!
that must have been scary.
20 posted on 03/22/2006 8:20:30 PM PST by Coleus (What were Ted Kennedy & his nephew doing on Good Friday, 1991? Getting drunk and raping women)
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Happened to me when I was 17. I was being operated on for peritonitis. I felt the cold air hit my intestinal tract. I was pretty out of it, still...I tried to get off the operating table. A large male nurse held me down. I remember waking up and seeing the OR lights and thinking ‘This can’t be happening...’ I had nightmares for months after that.


21 posted on 12/17/2008 1:07:19 PM PST by Cheesel (The Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals.)
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