QUOTE (OneProudMum @ 29/01/2013, 03:15 PM)
I asked the nurse how long I am under for and she said usually around 45 minutes.
I am scared I will stop breathing, or I won't wake up.
Ok, 45 minutes would be the total time you are in the operating theatre (anaesthetics then theatre and recovery) not under the anaesthetic in total, most people are under for 15-20 minutes, depending on what they have to do. Most hospitals can push about 2-3 people through in an hour and thats with cleaning between patients.
The anaesthetic is NOT a full general, yes you go to sleep, but you don't stop breathing, you don't get put on a respirator, it's just not that deep. It wears off quickly and you don't remember anything.
I've been a surgical nurse for 12 years, 15 with my training and i've NEVER, EVER seen someone not wake up from a scope.