I was in the hospital for a minor medical procedure (a colonoscopy) this week. When I woke up after the procedure, a nurse asked me if I wanted a drink. Not having been able to drink for several hours, I happily said yes. She gave me several choices and I asked for a diet Pepsi, which she brought to me in a cup. I drank it and tossed the cup in the garbage.
The doctor came around a little while later, talked over the results (which were good), and asked me how I was feeling. During this, he asked me if the nurse had given me a drink. I said, “Yes, she brought me a diet Pepsi.” He then asked me if I drank the whole can and I said it had been a styrofoam cup but I drank all of it.
It seemed to me like this wouldn’t normally be the kind of casual conversation I’d have with a surgeon in a post-op room. So I suspect there was some significance to his questions. Was my ability to drink a cup of soda relating to my post-op recovery in some way? Or was it a test of my mental recovery from the anesthesia to see if I could remember having had the drink?
Well, since a colonoscopy doesn’t cause blood loss, I would guess it was a subtle test of mental acuity. Like you said, cup versus can would let the doc know if your short term memory was functioning again. Elderly patients with mental problems would get a question like that wrong. They tend to be really agreeable - they’d answer yes to both questions.
Is it normal to have a general anaesthetic for a colonoscopy? I didn’t for the one I had a couple of months ago. The nurse in post-op was very chatty though and phoned me at home a couple of hours later to check.
I think you are reading a little too much into it. The standard questions to test mental acuity are person, place, and time. It is possible he was checking your sharpness, but I’m going to guess he has no idea what the nurse is providing drinks in.
bob++, no general is not usually used for a colonoscopy. Little Nemo didn’t specify what was used. He could have “woke up” after procedural sedation.
Haha I was laying on the table and I could see the screen that they were using. I guess there are not that many people who have seen the inside of their colon… And yes, I was very relaxed. The worst part was the horrible laxative I had to take the previous day.