this patient really got me riled up!!
24-yr-old guy who underwent surgery last month under general anaesthesia. now, he's so scared of pain that the removal of stitches on his face will need to be done under general anaesthesia AGAIN! he won't even allow a catheter, no matter how small i tried to reason with him, to be inserted into his hand. after 10 minutes of negotiation & bargaining, he still refused & we decided to give him the "gas" to put him to sleep, a technique usually reserved for children.
in the end, the removal took less than 5 mins - a procedure that is usually done in the ward without any anaesthetic.
so, what's so unusual about this, you ask?? ok, get this.....
he is a 4th year medical student & in TWO YEARS, if he passes his exams, he could be serving the public, which means people like you and i. think about it - if he's terrified of needles himself, how is he going to administer an injection to his patients?
let's not even think whether he could stand the sight of vomit.