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    Adam B

    ... because of Michael Jackson.

    Back during that Long Funeral summer of 2009, I was going to various doctors to get prepped for surgery later in the year. At one appointment, a colonoscopy I was, like so many other people, put under general anesthesia for the procedure.

    The anesthesiologist introduced himself to me shortly before I went in, which I appreciated. Once I was wheeled into the room, lying on the gurney, I asked him what he'd be knocking me out with. He responded with a mixture of drugs, including propofol. "Ah," I said, "what killed Michael Jackson."

    "That's one of the safest drugs we have," he responded, agitated. "Yeah," I said, "used this way." He eased up a bit, "Yeah, not sitting outside the patient's room smoking a cigarette." And then he began putting me under, and I don't remember more until the recovery room several hours later.

    I didn't see him again, but I had to feel sorry for him. From his initial tone of voice, he'd probably been having some variation of that conversation at cocktail parties all summer.

    Two years ago, at my high school reunion, I ran into a classmate who had herself become an anesthetic nurse (wouldn't have expected it of her from high school, but people change, and more power to her). I recounted that conversation. She got similarly defensive, telling me all about how propofol had revolutionized anesthesia because of so many good things about it (no side effects, for one), and Michael Jackson's doctor had just ruined it for the profession. My protestations that I knew it was safe didn't calm her down too much.

    I really wonder if some patients absolutely refused to have it after MJ died under it. I can easily imagine that ... and that must have been a real pain for the doctors. And then anyone who made it.

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