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Surgery Nightmare

Posted Feb 22 2011 11:54am

Why is it that when you are sick and have trouble sleeping that you have the most bizarre and crazy dreams when you actually get to sleep?

This weekend I had a crazy surgery dream. I was headed in for a D&C. Why I was having a D&C when I have no uterus is beyond me but anyway that is what I remember the doctor referring to my surgery as in my dream. So I head into the city for surgery. I thought it was Atlanta but I was staying at the Westin (not a shabby place to shack up before surgery!)  so maybe I was having surgery in Charlotte.

The time comes for preop and the doctor I’m meeting with was someone I took CPE with last spring. I remember asking for details about the procedure considering I don’t have any female organs left but she said that they were just going to give me a good “cleaning out.”

So surgery time came and I was put under anesthesia. Well my body was – my mind wasn’t. So I could feel everything but couldn’t let the doctors know that I could. You know when you carve a pumpkin and you have to scrap the sides of the inside to make sure you get all the yuck out? That is what they were doing during surgery in my dream. It was like I could hear the scraping sound from pumpkin carving. It was insane.

Needless to say I woke up in a cold sweat. I have no idea what brought on the dream. I remember in Anatomy class reading an article about a woman who woke up during surgery which scarred me for life but I think the fact that my dad woke up too soon during his recent cataract surgery (oops on the anesthesiologist’s part) might have played a role. Regardless of the reason, I was completely freaked out and I still can’t shake the whole pumpkin carving image. *Shudders* Yuck.

Do you have weird dreams? Ever had one that you couldn’t shake for days?

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