Pentothal Sodium (known as the truth serum) is not used much anymore for the induction of anesthesia. At one time it was the Cadillac drug when a patient needed to have Anesthesia induced rapidly for emergency surgery.
It was also used as the initial sleep agent in regular inductions of anesthetics. I remember one particular patient who was the wife of a local physician and I chose to do a slow induction of the anesthetic to keep her blood pressure from dropping. As the drug began to circulate in her blood stream, Linda (made up to protect her identity), began to talk and talk and talk.
“Jim doesn’t know it, but I have a crush on his boss.”
Her husband Jim’s boss was the surgeon preparing to do her surgery and the part of his face showing above his mask was beet red.
I told her to take a deep breath. She took a breath and continued,”I really can’t stand this town.”
I answered her comment softly as I continued to inject medication, “Nowhere is right for everyone.”
She reached up and pulled the mask away and said, “I forgot to tell you how much I love Kentucky Jack bourbon. Really love it! I have it every day.” By this time she sounded like she had a couple of drinks with her slurred speech.
I decided to speed up the induction before she told the entire Operating Room staff all of her secrets. So much for slow inductions. I don’t think I ever did one again.
When a TV host asked me years later why the anesthetist asked her to count backwards from 100, I laughed and said,” we absolutely don’t do that anymore.”