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Teenager Listens to iPod During Brain Tumor Removal Surgery

Do You Listen to Your iPod in Uncomfortable Situations?

A teenager who had surgery to remove a brain tumor made news when he also listened to his iPod during the procedure (well, while he was conscious). It reminded me of how I always listen to my iPod when I'm at the dentist; not having to hear the drill as loud saves me from having minor freak-outs.

It's not just the sound of my preferred music that I like, either; having something I'm so familiar with is comforting, and a great distraction if I'm enduring something painful or uncomfortable.

Most people use their gadgets to pass the time, but this use of an iPod is something I find truly valuable. What about you? Do you listen to your iPod at the doctor or dentist, or somewhere else uncomfortable?


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Anniina Anniina 8 years
I'd listen at the dentist but I don't want to be rude, my dentist talks to me through operations. And I answer what I can. I listen to my iPod (iPhone) all the time, the question should be when do I not..
RadishSalad RadishSalad 8 years
I brought my iPod with me when I had to get a few shots at the doctors. It helped a little.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I wear mine a lot at the grocery store because people tend to annoy me there. I do take it off when I check out so as not to be rude to the cashier.
katedavis katedavis 8 years
I listened to my iPod at the dentist, but I couldn't hear when he was asking me to open my mouth wider and such. :)
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Back in the dark days before iPods, my dentist recommended that I bring my discman while I had my wisdom teeth. Such a good way to stay mellowed out during the procedure.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
Does class count as an uncomfortable situation?
Lyv Lyv 8 years
I'd like to, but it makes you seem a bit anti-social. I listen to it mostly on solo walks, waiting lines and long drives with family. Also, wth is up with "dino dino"? I thought TeamSugar was troll-free.
devils devils 8 years
My mom brings her to the dentist. I tried to roll with it though :p I did try once, while I was having surgery on my toe, but I just couldn't take it still....I just felt like it was sound track to my torture lol (plus I had to hear him if he talked to me). didn't work out so well for me i guess
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I completely agree with bethinabox. I never ever thought to listen to my ipod at the dentist or anywhere. And I think it is very rude. They need to communicate with you!
BostonChick BostonChick 8 years
The real question is, when do I not listen to my ipod? ;) hahaha.
bluebird bluebird 8 years
I had to have a lot of dental work when I was young as a result of falling from a fence and landing face-first on a concrete slab, and my dentist was always so nice about letting me wear my headphones while he was working. He'd even stop the procedure and help me put a different CD in, way back when all I had was a Walkman!
Pegona Pegona 8 years
The last time I was at the dentist for an intensive procedure, he actually recommended that I listen to my iPod before we started. How considerate! I would have been too uncomfortable to even think about it, otherwise. Mmm, he's also the sexiest dentist ever. He's young, smiling blue eyes, kinda GOTH but not in an excessively creepy way, mmm! If any of you live in Austin and want to switch dentists, send me a message...
blu-eyes blu-eyes 8 years
I go to a surgery center four times a year for an epidural for low back pain. I started to bring my ipod last year because it took my mind off of the nurses doing the iv and it helped pass the time while I waited for my turn. I went last week and the anestheseologist yelled at me and told me to take the "things" out of my ears! I can see his point if I had had both "things" in my ears but I didnt. I always leave one ear free so I can hear:)
tiratana tiratana 8 years
Where is the phantom hand coming from in that photo?
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I wear them Christmas shopping if I have to go to the mall. I hate crowds.
sandia sandia 8 years
Definitely at the dentist! I've had the same dentist since I was a kid and he doesn't think it's rude at all. He's the one that suggested it to me in the first place so I would relax! Haha!
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 8 years
I don't know about physically uncomfortable stuff, but when I feel uncomfortable psychologically I like to listen to my ipod. Like when work is really crazy, and all the girls I work with are in bad moods I like to wear it so I don't have to talk to them or listen to their whining. Also when I am at the gym I listen to my ipod because usually people will chat on the treadmill next to me and I can't concentrate so if my ipod is in I can tune them out.
qtpie qtpie 8 years
Same here, I always try to listen to my iPod when I'm at the dentist for surgery or whatever, but not for checkups. It makes you feel so much more relaxed and not concentrating on what the dentist is doing
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
I don't think I could do this at the dentists office. He hates me enough as it is. Okay he doesn't hate me but I know my mom who always books our appointments on the same day would get upset at how rude it might come off.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 8 years
ugh, no i don't own an ipod and i never will! i have someting other than an ipod and yes, i do use it in uncomfortable situations
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 8 years
No. But I probably would if I had the chance.
pamc pamc 8 years
while getting blood drawn. i barely noticed it.. well ok i did notice it but it makes the experience more bearable
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
dino-dino dino-dino 8 years
yes, why don't we all just listen to our ipods everywhere?! while we're at it, why don't we just burn the constitution and eat our own feces like cavemen?
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