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#1 maryanneK

Posted 12 September 2019 - 08:53 PM

I had a random thought today and wondered if someone on EB would know.

So now I'm starting a thread - feel free to contribute with any question/fact that you have always wondered whether its true or not.!

My question:

Today my hands were shaking and I'd had a lot of coffee. It got me thinking that I'd heard surgeons don't drink caffeine because they need steady, non shaky hands?

So - can anyone confirm if this is true? Or are surgeons just born with naturally steady hands?

We must have some surgeons on here - anyone?

And add your other questions. We can be EB Fact Checker!

#2 Mooples

Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:09 PM

I went into the theatre with my then 2 year old ds so I was with him while he went under. After, dh and I went to the hospital cafe. Ds’s surgeon was there waiting for his coffee. He must have drank it just before entering his surgery.

#3 mylittlemen

Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:13 PM

family members of mine who are surgeons knock back generous amounts of coffee. I’ve never heard of that one!

#4 IamtheMumma

Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:23 PM

Myth. I've seen numerous surgeons drink coffee or "energy" drinks.

Having a steady hand is a skill. We can all hold our hand steady, well most of us, but it takes training to be able to hold it a precise angles and for extended duration.

I doubt you'd find a surgeon who worked on an engine or did boxing.

#5 Luci

Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:24 PM

I’ve never heard of that one either. I drink litres of coffee & have never had shaky hands. If on the other hand I hadn’t had any coffee I would probably be shaking like a leaf.

#6 Tokra

Posted 12 September 2019 - 09:46 PM

I have lots of these floating around my head, but the second I see a thread they all disappear!

#7 Wot*A*Lot*Of_____

Posted 12 September 2019 - 10:54 PM

I have no hope in hell of keeping my hand steady, caffeine or no caffeine. I can’t even carry a drink in a cup in my right hand.

Have never heard the caffeine thing about surgeons. DSIL said she has never heard of it, and she is an operating theatre nurse.

#8 #YKG

Posted 12 September 2019 - 11:08 PM

I work in a public hospital, all my Drs (including surgeons) drink energy drinks and or coffee, a lot of it. So not sure how true it is, but coffee does impact everyone differently. Excessive consumption may cause tremors in some people.

#9 Soon2be7

Posted 12 September 2019 - 11:41 PM

Damn! I thought this thread was going to be about scary story urban legends...like the one about the girl whose dog used to sleep under her bed and lick her hand. Then one night after the dog had licked her hand she looked out the window and saw her dog strung up on the washing line!!!!😱😱😱😱

#10 purplekitty

Posted 12 September 2019 - 11:47 PM

:omg:

#11 night jasmine

Posted 13 September 2019 - 06:12 AM

The surgeons I know certainly drink coffee. I’m most impressed with their bladder skills actually.

#12 José

Posted 13 September 2019 - 06:24 AM

also never heard of the surgeon one. doesnt really make sense to me at all that they would not drink coffee.

#13 chicken_bits

Posted 13 September 2019 - 06:50 AM

They certainly drink coffee on Grey's Anatomy. Therefore it must be a myth.

#14 Wot*A*Lot*Of_____

Posted 13 September 2019 - 07:01 AM

View PostSoon2be7, on 12 September 2019 - 11:41 PM, said:

Damn! I thought this thread was going to be about scary story urban legends...like the one about the girl whose dog used to sleep under her bed and lick her hand. Then one night after the dog had licked her hand she looked out the window and saw her dog strung up on the washing line!!!!😱😱😱😱
The one and only time my dog slept under my bed was when I was 7, and I ended up wetting the bed because it licked my toes when I went to go to the toilet and scared me.

#15 doubting thomas

Posted 13 September 2019 - 07:24 AM

There's the Wakehurst Parkway one. Apparently , a couple driving at night broke down and the guy got out to check the engine. Then the girl heard banging on the car roof. When she got out and looked to see what the noise was it was the guys head. Pretty sure that one is bs.

#16 28 Barbary Lane

Posted 13 September 2019 - 07:59 AM

^ I think that’s a camping one that’s made it through urban legend history in a few different variations.

Actually wasn’t there a thread on here years ago from someone saying they lived out in the middle of nowhere and opened the door late at night and there was a group of blond children waiting there trying to get inside? Then we all started freaking out but that turned out to be an urban legend as well?

It was a Friday thread as well so it was pretty exciting from what I remember :lol:

#17 71Cath

Posted 13 September 2019 - 08:47 AM

View Post28 Barbary Lane, on 13 September 2019 - 07:59 AM, said:

^
It was a Friday thread as well so it was pretty exciting from what I remember Posted Image

True fact: threads are at least 67% more exciting on a Friday...

#18 doubting thomas

Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:08 AM

I remember that. She had us all going until somebody checked snopes. :yes:

#19 Luci

Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:26 AM

View Postdoubting thomas, on 13 September 2019 - 09:08 AM, said:

I remember that. She had us all going until somebody checked snopes. :yes:

Yeah I remember that one!

#20 Caribou

Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:28 AM

 28 Barbary Lane, on 13 September 2019 - 07:59 AM, said:

^ I think that’s a camping one that’s made it through urban legend history in a few different variations.

Actually wasn’t there a thread on here years ago from someone saying they lived out in the middle of nowhere and opened the door late at night and there was a group of blond children waiting there trying to get inside? Then we all started freaking out but that turned out to be an urban legend as well?

It was a Friday thread as well so it was pretty exciting from what I remember :lol:

I remember that thread. Absolutely BS I’m Sure of it but it was sure freaking scary at the time.

#21 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:29 AM

I suspect there would be some surgeons that do and some that don't. I don't know how anyone could survive shift work without coffee though!

Actually I don't know how anyone survives life without coffee!  /jk

#22 Caribou

Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:38 AM

Re- shaky hands DH gets shaky hands, and he drinks a fair bit of caffeine, however I suspect his shaky hands are low blood sugar levels. His father is similar. Of DH is a male and far too busy to see a GP, AKA bury his head in the sand.

Shaly hands probably warrant a GP visit. Rule out a couple things :)

#23 wallofdodo

Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:42 AM

View Postnight jasmine, on 13 September 2019 - 06:12 AM, said:

The surgeons I know certainly drink coffee. I’m most impressed with their bladder skills actually.
This would be the reason why I would think they didn't drink too much coffee, it makes me want to go to the loo all the time

#24 Mrs Lost Wanderer

Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:49 AM

My DH is a theatre nurse and can't cope without a Pepsi max for breakfast. All his work friends drink coffee. I've been there for lunch with DH and there has been many cans of red bull and other energy drinks on the table.

#25 Soontobegran

Posted 13 September 2019 - 10:01 AM

It would be an odd surgeon who does not drink coffee.
Shaky hands don't come as a result as 'normal' caffeine consumption.

I have seen a surgeon take a sip of Coke out of a straw that the scout nurse had fetched from the coke machine.




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