The patient described what he felt under the influence of sulfuric ether:
As I recovered, I felt a numbness in my limbs, with a sensation like a nightmare, and would have given the world for some one to come and arouse me. I thought for a moment I should die in that state, and that the world would only pity or ridicule my folly. At length I felt a slight tingling of the blood in the end of my third finger and made an effort to touch it with my thumb, but there seemed to be no sensation. I gradually raised my arm and pinched my thigh, but I could see that sensation was imperfect. I attempted to rise from my chair, but fell back. Gradually, I regained power over my limbs and full consciousness. I immediately looked at my watch and found that I had been insensible between seven and eight minutes.
Quoted in Ether Day: The Strange Tale of America's Greatest Medical Discovery and the Haunted Men Who Made It, by Julie M. Fenster; New York, 2001.