Just the other day I was speaking to a small handful of doctors, more specifically Neuropsychs. I actually was presenting to them a speech and presentation which I have developed for an upcoming conference, in which I am going to be the key note speak. Me, a college student, is going to be a key note speaker to doctors. What? This is exciting but if you recall, it has to do with the fact that I am not “normal”. After my accident three years ago, no one would have expected me to be able to smile, walk, talk and adventure through Germany. But thanks to God, I did. I am still not better and in fact, I should probably go to bed to practice better sleep hygiene but I feel the need to write. Anyways, while sharing my story to these doctors I told them about the pain scale which my parents really implemented. In response, one of the doctors forwarded me this link and I found it hilarious. It may be funny but in reality having a pain scale is so important. There have been so many times, back when I was a college athlete that fellow athletes would complain about something and say it was like a 5 or 6 yet were willing to go workout with it. I guess it wasn’t that bad, was it? 😉 Anyways, we need to educate people to judge their pain on a scale 0-10 where 10 means you are in such critical pain, you better be on your way to the hospital and 0 meaning today is good. I can tell you as I write this I have a small headache that feels rather dull but is still there and starting to bother me. This I would say is about a 2 or 3. I better stop writing, get off the computer, and go to bed. Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully 0 pain!
Pain Scale 101