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Bettynh BS: Pain in all its Glory (53* d) RE: BS: Pain in all its Glory 15 Mar 13

Since I worked as a nurse in a hospital, I've had to think a bit about pain, both my own and others'. Some of my most memorable moments have been as I found myself defending a patient's denial of pain.

As a student, I remember standing beside a post-surgical patient who moved well and denied pain as the nurse in the hall practically shouted "I don't care what she says I'm going to give her a shot." Another time, a 98 year-old man was tied to the bed in ICU because he tried to get up a day after having an appendectomy. We got him up, walked down the hall beside him, and sent him home a day later. My father, who developed a major abscess from his Chron's disease without a single complaint of pain, also ran into overly sympathetic caregivers. I had to threaten to sue the anesthesiologist who wouldn't remove a continuous morphine drip into his spine post-op. For myself, my only surgery was a C-section. I had nothing that I could call pain post-op, but there was intense burning/itching for which I did take a narcotic that made me dizzy and nauseated for 12 hours. My sons also seem to bear pain easily, and I've warned them that narcotics might not be a good idea for our family,

All that said, I've had toothaches that took away any ability to think. Ibuprofen (Motrin, etc.) worked really well. I sympathize with anyone who has that sort of pain after surgery or, worse yet, constantly with no relief.

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