Pain scale / Escala de dolor

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I forgot to explain my shaved face. I don’t like it but I thought it would be more comfortable during my time in hospital and easier in surgery and for my caregivers. It’s already growing (stubble) and it will quickly return. The photo above was taken Thursday night.

San Geraldo has always had a problem with hospital pain scales. They begin at “0” (no pain and a smiley face) and end at “10” (unbearable pain). As SG explained to the surgeon Saturday, his scale begins at “10” and ends at “20.” There are no smiley faces. So, although I don’t have Photoshop on my iPhone or iPad, I did a down-and-dirty edit for San Geraldo of what’s on my wall. As I write this Sunday evening, I’m guessing at my best I’m a “4” and at my worst I’ve dropped between “6” and “8.” I’m tired, crabby, achey, and miserable. Otherwise I feel fine. (It’s now Monday morning. I think the pain just might be peaking at “6” now. Ouch. Maybe not.)


Olvidé explicar mi cara afeitada. No me gusta, pero pensé que sería más cómodo durante mi tiempo en el hospital y más fácil en la cirugía y para mis cuidadores. Ya está creciendo (rastrojo) y volverá rápidamente. La foto de arriba fue tomada el jueves por la noche.

San Geraldo siempre ha tenido un problema con las escalas de dolor de los hospitales. Comienzan en “0” (sin dolor y con una cara sonriente) y terminan en “10” (dolor insoportable). Como SG le explicó al cirujano el sábado, su escala comienza en “10” y termina en “20”. No hay caras sonrientes. Entonces, aunque no tengo Photoshop en mi iPhone o iPad, hice una edición sucia para San Geraldo de lo que está en mi pared. Mientras escribo este domingo por la noche, supongo que en mi mejor momento soy un “4” y en el peor he caído entre “6” y “8”. Estoy cansada, malhumorada, adolorida y miserable. De lo contrario me siento bien. (Ahora es lunes por la mañana. Creo que el dolor podría estar alcanzando su punto máximo en “6” ahora. Ay. Tal vez no).

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

30 thoughts on “Pain scale / Escala de dolor”

    1. Dinahmow,
      Are you having trouble getting through? Nothing in Spam. I check daily.

  1. I probably wouldn’t have even noticed the beard until you just now mentioned it. Love the pain chart. In the past when I’ve had a pain and somebody asked what’s wrong, I say I have pain, and they say what kind of pain. And I reply the kind that hurts.

    1. Mistress Borghese,
      I had a friend who always replied that way, too. Smart ass.

  2. Maybe J and SG or distant cousins. I left the beard intact through my adventure, by the end of my month of inpatient time it was rather shaggy.

    1. David,
      I don’t do well with shaggy. Also, talk about pain. All the tape and masks and tubes pulling on the beard. You’re tough.

  3. I have trouble with pain scales, especially early on. I need comparisons. I hope yours begins to lessen soon.

    1. Kelly,
      The one thing I knew was when it was intolerable. But what’s intolerable for me may not be intolerable for someone else.

    1. Jim,
      I was thinking about the aggressive attack I’ve just had. It’s going to take a while.

  4. Pain scales help most of the time. However, pain can be elusive and stubbornly evident. Rest helps immeasurably!

  5. I’m bad at the pain scale because mostly it’s either a 2 or a 22.

    Other than that, good that you’re on the mend and doing well.

    And then Sting. I once chased him around the west coast when he was on tour, seeing him seven times in 8 days … yea, I was a stalkerish fanatic.

    1. Bob,
      I did love Sting from first look/hear. But I never stalked him. Did you see his sick film Brimstone and Treacle?

  6. Well I’m glad you’re not at a 10! (Or a 20!) I’ve always thought those scales are rather silly. One person’s four is not another person’s four, you know?

      1. You are too funny! I would say we are the same! Jerry is on a whole different level! Sorry I haven’t been able to check in! We have been at tennis early morning to late afternoon since Friday! Always too late to call when returning! Will check in in the morning! Lots of love! Hope you are progress even if it is only a bit each day!❤️❤️

  7. Oh, shoot! I’m sorry to hear about a steady 6 for pain! I bet it will feel better some everyday. Hoping for that for you!

  8. I’m with Mistress Borghese on the pain thing, LOL! Hopefully, the medicos are providing effective pain relief in the meantime and you’ll be back home in no time!

    1. Tundra Bunny,
      The pain relief hasn’t been great. The surgeon thought I shouldn’t be having pain with the pain meds. I wasn’t even consistently receiving pain meds. When I did they didn’t seem to not make much difference.

  9. I did notice the no beard and I thought oh my he looks so young, like a 30something. You probably would be carded everywhere if you kept the no beard approach. Hope you fell better soon, chocolates might help.

    1. Laurent,
      I’m mistaken for 30something all the time. 30+30. 30+40. 30+50. Im waiting to want chocolates again. Right now the desire isn’t there.

    1. Mcpersonalspace54,
      For one thing have to know a person well to know how they handle pain. I do know I hit 10 many times this week the way I interpret it.

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