My, we were quite surprised by this reaction.
Fedex: redpoppy is right. No one has done anything wrong and there's no need for you to apologise.
Just to explain - yesterday a forum member reported the thread as having gone off topic. We took a look and saw that indeed it had moved from anaesthesia to a range of other topics. So, we decided to close it, letting all know that they were free to open another topic (as you've done) and continue the conversation. But let's discuss this.
It is true that often on this forum, members self-moderate and move the conversation elsewhere when it has gone off topic, which is brilliant.
We totally agree that lightheartedness should be encouraged. And we really don't want to upset people, kill spontaneity, breach fundamental rights and exacerbate tremor.
But it's worth noting something about this guideline: This was put in place to help people coming to the forum for information. Consider, for example, if you were visiting the forum as a carer whose partner with Parkinson's was going into surgery. This carer is coming to the forum with worries about the impact of anaesthesia on his condition. Would it be helpful to you if you found conversation on everything else but anaesthesia? As a moderator, how would you have responded if that person then called your attention to this fact?
It would be great to hear your thoughts on this.