Don’t you love it when you go to the doctors or the hospital and they ask you to “rate your pain”. What is this a freaking game show. If I pick the right number between 1 and 10 to I win the magic injection that will dull the pain.
Help me figure out this pain scale thing. So if a 1 is a stubbed toe or hang nail then a 10 must be an axe to the head or cut off my leg with a chainsaw.
But is it consitancy of pain or level that generates that scale. A hang nail can bother you for a long time. You tend to bump it constantly, and a stubbed toe can throb for hours. While an axe or chainsaw wound while most assuredly hurt like the world ending, such would result in almost instant unconsciousness either natural or chemical. So which is a greater pain?
And when they ask you to rate emotional pain on the same scale? How do you rate emotions on a scale of 1-10. People ask me how I’m feeling and I don’t know how to answer them. Do I give them honesty (which I’ve discovered makes most people run and hide) or give the polite I’m OK and move on? What do people want to hear? Are they asking about my physical or mental health? I’ve pondered this endlessly. And just because you ask, don’t think you’re gonna get the true story. Trust me, sick people can tell if you’re genuinely asking or just doing the mandatory “howareya”.
Guess my heart just hurts today for all the coulda, shoulda, woulda’s that run everyone’s world. I love where I am, I just wish I had made a few different stops along the way.
Off to wallow in my wounded emotional quagmire.
Give a smile to someone today, you won’t need it anymore and they will remember it all day.