[LMB] OT: What is your 10?
jpolowin at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 30 17:21:24 BST 2021
brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
> I can always imagine a worse pain. So nothing can ever be a 10.
When I had gallstones a couple of years ago, and was asked to rate my
pain, I said it was an 8. And explained that I could imagine it being
throughout my body and continuous and ongoing indefinitely, instead of
being localized and coming in waves, and having an anticipated end.
See also the "Hyperbole and a Half" pain scale:
When I was brought to Emerg, the paramedic told me that he'd make sure
I got pain relief promptly, since I was obviously in a great deal of
pain and -- in his words -- he knew I wasn't "one of those people who
keeps coming to Emerg often". When he came back, I told him (I'll omit
the laboured breathing) that I appreciated his doing that, but that my
wife came to Emerg often, because she had several *real, severe* health
problems that weren't being treated properly.
He tried to backtrack: "I didn't mean that those people are making
things up and don't deserve the same treatment", or words to that
effect. But of course that's *exactly* what he meant.
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