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18 Dec 2008: This Time It Will Be Different

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Magic Tricks With Baby

I had two wisdom teeth out in November but it was far less painful that I had been expecting. They put me under general anaesthetic - for the first time in my life.

I remember the anxiety at the time. Three people standing around me, telling me I'd be out in 30 seconds. At first, I'd feel a little light-headed. I remember that. I remember saying I felt like I was floating on a cloud. A moment passed. I said I was still floating.

And then there was a strange chasm of oblivion.

I awoke in the recovery room and started replying to the nurse's questions. Thing is, I was so confused, I didn't realise she wasn't talking to me.

For someone who'd never been under before, I found it bizarre for the memory prior to the procedure to be almost surgically cut. There is nothing after the point I referenced the floaty cloud sensations. My body told me time had passed, but there is nothing there to remember; it was very different to sleep, which is a more gradual descent into an unconscious state.

I must admit, however, that I rather enjoyed the floaty, supertired sensation that I experienced for the rest of the evening. For at least a good 24 hours after, I was perhaps the most positive and relaxed I'd been in years.

Jeez, can I get these drugs on prescription?