Apologies for the rough edit, but it's too much work at this point to put it back the way it was. and the original post really was too long anyway.
The reason for this post basically boils down to the contents of my post on anesthesia, it's corresponding chat migrated comments, and an associated post in med sci meta. I've been informed that the chat contents will eventually be automatically deleted once the necessary time period has elapsed, after which it will no longer be possible to read what was said. So i suppose i'll attempt to summarize the gist here:
To be brief, my post was about why a type of procedural anesthesia called conscious sedation has its name. Because in all likelihood the patient will be asleep or at least not remember the procedure. During the comments(later migrated to chat), i had it initially explained to me that this was because the drugs given to me were designed to interfere with my long-term memory. This seamed like magic; how is long-term memory just switched off without interfering with working memory? It was then explained to me that the drugs used give a similar effect to being fall-down/blackout drunk. Therefore, I think a more accurate and honest name for this type of sedation should be blackout drunk sedation. It's kind of besides the point though as I was supposed to have only local anesthesia, but they changed it on me last minute. It probably would have been better not to have had the surgery at all.
Long story short, I had surgery and things did not go to plan. I think it's important to remember that hospitals are dangerous places, and enter at your own peril. Also, scrutinize your doctor and watch out for funny lingo that doesn't mean what you think it should.
The body heals itself ...but everyone gets old eventually