How Anesthesia Works

I’ve been put under full anesthesia once for a major operation and a couple of other times a lighter version was used when I was having a colonoscopy.

Just before they put me under, I remember hoping I would wake up after the major surgery.

Here’s how anesthesia affects you and what makes it risky enough for your doctor to warn you about it before surgery

The video below goes into the details, but if you don’t have 5-minutes to watch, here are the basics.

There are three main types of anesthesia: regional, inhalational, and intravenous.Regional anesthesia prevents electrical pain signals from going from one part of your body to your brain.Inhalational anesthesia affects your whole nervous system, including your brain and is often used together with intravenous anesthesia to put you under and keep you unconscious during major surgery.

Anesthesia affects your nervous system and brain, but also other vital organs like your heart, lungs, and liver, which is why it is so important the anesthesiologist mixes the right balance for you. They also monitor your vital signs during surgery so they can adjust the anesthesia as needed.


10 Quotes To Think About

  1. If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside.”
    Jim Kwi
  2. The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
    Stephen Furtick
  3. The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but that it is too low and we reach it.”
  4. Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t like.”
    Will Rogers
  5. No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.”
    Tony Robbins
  6. Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?”
    Abraham Lincoln
  7. Never interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
    Napoleon Bonaparte
  8. Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happiness, but the truth is, it always comes from within.”
    Adrian Corday
  9. Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering.”
    Arthur C. Clarke
  10. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou

Those Wonderful Helms Trucks

A wonderful experience people are missing out on these days, and most don’t even know it, are those yellow Helms trucks that used to drive through neighborhoods selling wonderful bread and pastries.

When I was a kid, my Mom and Nana would rush out with us to the street upon hearing the familiar toot of their whistle.

And when the driver opened the back doors of the truck and slid open those long wooden shelves, wonderful smells would engulf you and literally make you drool.

helms0Kids today have no idea what they are missing. Fortunately, they were still around when our kids were young.

helms2I can almost taste their jelly filled donuts right now.

When I was a student at Kester Elementary in Van Nuys, they loaded us into a big bus and took us over to Culver City for a tour of the Helms Bakery. The video below is pretty much what we saw.