Ivy, I share your fear of being put out, but truly, there is very little to be afraid of. It is very safe and you will be constantly monitored.
I've been put out maybe 10 times (all out patient surgery except for an appendectomy) and all except for once I hated the waking up part. The one time I woke up feeling good and relaxed as everyone else wrote but the other times I was groggy and it took quite a while before I could sit up, let alone walk. Last time I had double vision for hours, I was the last one to leave the out patient ward that day I don't know why I have a problem with this, everyone else I know talks about what a great feeling it is coming out of anesthesia. Ugh, I don't like it a bit, I want to be aware and functioning.
The best part is the nice little injection I've had a few minutes before being put out. It takes away my anxiety 100% and makes me extremely talkative, I'm feeling like I am the life of the party talking to all the docs and nurses in the OR (and probably embarrassing myself something fierce), next thing I know I am waking up.
I've begged for local only but no one wants to oblige.