Some outpatient medical procedures will use a form of sedation called twilight sedation where the patient is not totally put under. The patient will be awake, but may not feel pain and may not form memories during that time. When the sedation wears off, the patient will not have any memories of the procedure. However, while the sedation is wearing off, the patient may feel like everything is normal and not realize they won’t remember what is happening because their ability to form long-term memories is not fully restored. So I was wondering, is there something the patient can do to be aware that they won’t remember what is happening?
When I had twilight sedation, I have vague memories of being in the recovery room and nurses and the doctor telling me things, but I have no memory of what they actually said. I vaguely remember feeling fine and thinking that the sedation had worn off, but now looking back I realize my ability to form memories still wasn’t working. I wish I had known that memories weren’t forming so I could tell the medical staff that I wasn’t going to remember anything and they should write everything down.
So basically, what can a person do when they’re coming out of twilight sedation to know they still aren’t 100%? For example, have a note that says “Look at a card from the deck, look away for 1 minute, then try to remember the card”. What are some things I could have done to know that my memory was still affected?