No, I think initially, when I was again on this clinical trial and I was having bone marrow aspirates, which are again things that people love doing under local anaesthetic and I’d just like a few doctors and nurses to have them once under local anaesthetic, and then maybe they’d take a different view. And you can have a good experience with them and you can have a really bad experience with them, and I was giving samples of bone marrow aspirate for probably a year after I’d left hospital for the clinical trial.
But they became very difficult because when they cause you a problem, when you have a lot of discomfort with them it takes a lot of to go and have the next one. And I had some bad experiences with them so I talked to my consultant and I said, ‘Well look, I think I’ve had enough.’ And even though towards the end I was being sedated with them, I think it’s just one of those things. I haven’t actually met anybody who says, ‘Oh whoopee, how pleased I am today I’m going to go and have a bone marrow aspirate.’ Everybody I’ve spoken to hates them and they are unpleasant.
Did the sedation make a significant difference?
Yes providing they’re done properly, yeah. And I would certainly say to people, do ask if you can have sedation, you know, don’t be afraid to ask to have sedation because it does make a big difference. Apparently you’re conscious all the time but it takes your short term memory away so you don’t actually remember having it done at all. And I had the last six of mine I had all under sedation and it made it a lot easier. I felt that after three or four experiences of it and that horrible sensation, not only of the pressure when they drill into your bone, but that sucking sensation. It’s indescribably horrible.
And I think you have to be very brave to keep going and having those willingly, and so the more support you can have to make it easier, I think the better. And it’s interesting because some of the doctors, you know, because you get a different doctor doing it every time you go there as an out-patient and they say, ‘Oh it’s okay, I’m really good at doing these.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Yeah, you’re just like the guy who put my Hickman line in. You’ve probably never had one yourself.’ They can be done well, obviously, but they are an unpleasant procedure. So I’d vote for sedation every time.