I've had over 80 surgeries, one of which I was completely awake for. AMA!!
I was born with a disease called Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis which causes life threatening growths on my vocal cords. I've had to have these growths surgically removed since I was an infant and have had over 80 surgeries thus far. I still continue to need surgery every 3-6 months. Due to all this trauma to my vocal cords my voice is kind of weird and I sound more like an old dude who has smoked for way too long than the 21 year old girl that I actually am.
About 5 years ago the anesthesia for one of these surgeries didn't work correctly. I was given the drug that paralyzes you but not the one that puts you to sleep so I was fully conscious yet unable to move throughout the entire surgery. I felt everything the surgeon did, heard everything that was said in the OR (including my doctor asking the anesthesiologist why my blood pressure and heart rate were so much higher than usual), and saw the majority of what was done to me. Obviously, this was pretty rough on me and I have been dealing with some serious PTSD problems since then.
Alright reddit, have at it. AMA about my disease, repeated surgeries, PTSD, or the surgery that went wrong.
EDIT: First of all, you guys are awesome. Much love to you all. Second of all, proof: http://imgur.com/7srkh
EDIT 2: PLEASE NOTE! The surgery that got messed up did NOT take place at Mass General!!!!! I switched doctors and hospitals shortly after my ordeal. I just didn't want you guys getting your pitch forks and torches and heading to Massachusetts. I absolutely adore Mass General and all of their staff.
EDIT: I'm going to bed guys and I work in the morning but I'll get back to you tomorrow evening, I swear!! <3 you all!!!