I want to tell you a little about my test Friday and I hope some of you who have medical training might be able to answer some questions for me. First the results were exactly what I’d hoped for – everything’s fine, no problems at all, not even a tiny polyp to remove. I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.
All was the same as I remembered from last time except I woke with a horrible sore throat and I could barely speak. I knew that they hadn’t planned to put in a trach tube, but I wondered if they had. The nurse explained that I’d thrown up a little and that they had needed to use suction.
I know the dangers of aspiration, but I’m wondering just how close I was to real danger. I couldn’t leave until the anesthesiologist checked me out. She explained what had happened a little and that pushing on my stomach during the procedure had caused the problem – but it had seemed like only saliva and she didn’t expect I’d have any problem. She listened to my lungs and pronounced them perfectly clear. She warned me to call if there was any shortness of breath or fever. I haven’t had any of those problems.
My throat is still a little sore, I have a cough, nasal congestion and strangely enough under my jaw on both sides are extremely sore. I worked in surgery and with anesthesia when I was working for a vet and I am picturing a scary scenario of someone grabbing my face/jaw firmly while someone suctioned my throat. Has anyone ever worked in this field? Is this a fairly common occurrence or abnormal?
I suppose it doesn’t really matter, all’s well that ends well, but I am curious.