The thing about anesthesia is it sort of…unlocks us. It releases our inhibitions and gives us the chance to say the real truth, the one we’ve been hiding this whole time. For the most part, this is terrible.
The patient from this story made sure his nurse knew she was beautiful. It was a little embarrassing for her, but she seems to have appreciated it nonetheless. Still, that’s the kind of story that sticks with you if your coworkers are of a certain type.
A Case of Mistaken Identity
We all know and love Freddie Mercury, the unstoppable lead singer, and writer for the band "Queen." Even people from northern Ireland know who he is. Mercury sadly died all the way back in 1991. So despite what this old woman was led to believe, he probably wasn't working as an anesthetist at any point in the last three decades.
Especially since the person in question looked nothing like Freddie Mercury. Still, the patient knew what to do. Some say she is still singing.
Requesting Permission to Board
“Going to space” is one of the many funny euphemisms we have for going on the goofy juice. This patient took it a little too literally when he woke up under the impression he was the captain of his own private trip to the stars.
Also present (maybe unfortunately, we don't know) was his mother-in-law, and we wonder how quickly she was able to come up with an answer to his question. Our hope is she saluted and introduced herself as his new XO, and they needed to move quickly – something is strange in Farpoint and they need to figure it out.
A Natural-Born Comedian
One thing about anesthesia that's pretty commonly known is that it does a number on your short-term memory. People will wake up and have family members or friends tell them they were talking about something totally off-the-wall without ever knowing it. This patient had no such problem.
We don't actually know what the joke is, though, and that's a real tragedy. A joke so good it sticks in someone's mind through an entire surgery? We must know. It could be the greatest of all time.
A Treasure Trove of Anesthesia Fun
This poor guy will have to be careful the next time he goes under the knife. Not only did he deliver a dose of confusion about his wrestling class, but he also couldn't let the pride of his people just sit in the lonely frozen food section.
Thankfully everything ended up fine here – the teacher might not have been able to get onto the mat, but he could probably still teach if he was allowed to go home right away. He also probably got some tasty ice cream to enjoy at home!