“How do you react to anaesthesia?” the doctor asks.
“I never had any, so I don’t know,” I respond.
The doctor frowns.
“You indicated that you had a tonsillectomy at the age of five,” she says.
“Yes, that was done without anaesthesia.”
The doctor looks very skeptical, ”You probably don’t remember.”
“Oh yes, I do remember vividly the doctor putting his fist through my face to prevent me from screaming,” I say.
The doctor looks like she is considering getting a psych evaluation for me, so I explain, “It was in the Soviet Union.”
“Ah!” the doctor responds. “Well, we do things somewhat differently around here.”
Since I’ve been seeing her for years and she has never been rude, mean or cruel to me and always seemed completely sober, I kind of got that message already.