Daily English 1243 - Getting an Anesthetic

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Nurse:  I’m here to prep you for your procedure. Did the doctor already talk to you about the general anesthetic you’ll be getting?

Bruce:  I don’t need a general anesthetic.  I want to be conscious during the procedure.

Nurse:  You’ll be inhaling a general anesthetic and getting an intravenous muscle relaxant.  That’s standard for this procedure.

Bruce:  I’m not a wimp. Tell the doctor all I need is a local anesthetic to numb the area.

Nurse:  You’ll need something stronger.  You don’t want to feel any sensation or pain during the procedure.

Bruce:  I’m not afraid of a little pain.  Bring it on!

Nurse:  Anyway, the general anesthetic will wear off soon after the procedure.  However, the doctor will keep you under sedation for the rest of the day so you can rest.

Bruce:  Forget it.  When it’s done, I’m going home. I’m not staying here overnight.

Nurse:  That’s not advisable.  You need to remain under observation for 24 hours.

Bruce:  That’s for other people.  I’m tough.  I’ll be up and ready to go.  What’s that needle for?

Nurse:  It’s to give you a shot before your procedure.

Bruce:  [whimpers] I don’t like needles.  Get that away from me!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

Category: Health + Medicine

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