On the Couch with Jasminda



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Dear Jasminda,

I’m really happy that the Thailand soccer team boys and their coach were able to be rescued, but I don’t think they should have been sedated during the process. What do you think?

Ms HQ, Medowie

Okay, let me get this straight. There were 12 Wild Boars and a coach trapped in horrendous conditions for weeks, most of them couldn’t swim and even professional cave divers indicated how dire the conditions were in that cave, but Ms HQ from Medowie thinks that sedation was taking things a step too far.

Sedation is viable in a number of situations, Ms HQ. Some of us would be much nicer if we were sedated on a permanent basis. When I had my first child I was all about lavender oil and water births and doulas wearing tie-dyed shirts with a bit of whale music in the background thrown in for good measure, but that was until the contractions started.

Fast forward 20 minutes and I was happy to take any prescription or non-prescription drug known to humankind. Sedation? Bring it on.

If I am going on a long haul flight, I sedate myself with vodka shots, otherwise I start the self talk of being stuck in an enclosed space with complete strangers, hovering at over 30,000 feet with a vast expanse of ocean below and nothing to save us all from impending doom but that lifejacket somewhere under the seat that has a whistle not dissimilar to the ones found in Christmas Bon Bons. Oh, by the way, did you know those overhead oxygen masks only last for about 15 minutes? I’m hyperventilating just thinking about it.

Sedating the boys would have made it far less traumatic and indeed much safer for the rescue team who were already battling water currents, tight spaces and vulture-like Hollywood directors without the need to throw in a few panic attacks.

That’s what I think, Ms HQ. Thanks for asking.

Carpe diem,

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