Citation: transhuman_literatus. "Calm Before Surgery: An Experience with Nitrous Oxide (exp89084)". Erowid.org. Jul 3, 2018. erowid.org/exp/89084
Nitrous Calm Before Surgery
In the early summer of 2006 I underwent extensive reconstructive surgery on a badly fractured elbow. Never having broken a bone before, I was terrified upon entering the operating room and the anesthesiologist administered some nitrous mixed with oxygen to calm me down. It had the desired effect immediately upon inhalation, I experienced on the operating table an overwhelming calm for a few seconds in which nothing seemed to matter negatively, all sense of time dissolved, and I was completely at ease while the anesthesia cocktail was prepared. Some visual hallucinations in the form of translucent pink dots of various sizes appeared in my field of vision on the ceiling, and the humming in the room became progressively louder until it overtook me entirely just before the onset of the anesthesia.
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