I’ve always been susceptible to sunburn. When I was a child, I was fortunate enough to get to travel with my family on many many adventures. Like most American families, one of our favorite destinations was the state of Florida. Over the years, we visited every beach along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. I was usually the only kid on the beach or in the pool who was wearing long sleeves and a big hat.
Back then, we didn’t have “sunscreen” we had suntan lotion. It wasn’t used for protection from the sun’s rays but to enhance the effects of sunshine in an attempt to get a healthy glow. I couldn’t be bothered with it. I thought it was messy and sticky and its application only slowed me down. I didn’t care about getting a tan so, defying my parents’ instructions, I would go without skin protection. And I would get sunburned.
One particular burn was extraordinarily bad. I was blistered and miserable and, probably, dehydrated. During the night, when I got out of bed to use the bathroom, I passed out. To this day, I remember quite vividly laying on the floor, unable to move or speak, but still able to hear. My family thought I was joking around but I wasn’t. I heard them saying “Knock it off! Get up! That’s not funny!” but I was unable to respond. When they realized I wasn't playing along, the quickly came to my rescue.
Twenty-two-year-old Simon Rosenqvist recently filed a complaint with Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare because he woke up in the middle of a surgery and couldn’t speak or move a muscle.
“My brain kept telling me over and over ‘say your name, say something, do something, wiggle your toes,’ but I was completely incapable of saying something or moving my body at all,’” Simon Rosenqvist
That’s exactly what I remember from the sunburn incident!
Rosenqvist told authorities that he was awake for the majority of his fifty-50 minute procedure and that he was in serious pain and very angry. Although it’s very rare, experts say that patients do sometimes wake up during surgeries even when they’ve been given general anesthesia. A variety of reasons can account for these unfortunate occurrences and in many cases, counseling is advised to help deal with the memories.
Fortunately, my memories aren’t all that traumatic. Mostly because every single member of my family has an exceptionally outrageous sense of humor and what I remember is them having fun.
At my expense …
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