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Snippets from this evening. - helen-louise
Snippets from this evening.
'Cos three things make a post, right? (This is actually four).

[21:41] My ovary (or whatever) is really flippin' hurting again. I want to know when i'm supposed to be getting it scanned.

[22:53] I used the Hyperbole & a Half Pain Scale to determine if I needed to take my ovary to hospital. I decided it was about a "5", as in "Why is this happening to me??". It's not time to get it prodded in A&E until it's up to a 6 or 7 (I'm pretty sure I have to be crying with pain before it's worth going to the hospital in the middle of the night). I seriously need to chase up that scan though.

[01:49] I don't mind molecules with a whole load of different names, but it gets positively insulting when there are a whole load of NUMBERING schemes. Geldanamycin is case in point - what IUPAC thinks is carbon 19 is what people using the old/ biochemistry/ natural product name think is carbon 17. Given that the IUPAC name is hideous then referring to it as geldanamycin makes sense - but it gets ever so confusing when you have names of derivatives based on adding and removing groups from carbon 17 - when the "official" name calls that carbon 19!

And I've just found a molecule (Radicicol) that can be numbered from 1-18 consecutively OR from 1-6 (round the benzene ring) and then from 1' to 12' (round the rest of it).

Mind you, if you ever want to have a fit of the vapours, try looking up the official IUPAC name for plain old glucose.

[04:25] Gods, the weather here has been VILE for HOURS. Driving wind and rain non-stop since about 9pm (it's now nearly 4.30 am)

[04:39] Did I mention that I'm wearing a pair of Richard's socks? The stupid boy was supposed to get my socks out of the washing machine & pair them & hang them on the line on FRIDAY. Today, I went downstairs with a load of dirty sheets and found them all still in the machine, smelling really revolting since they'd been damp since Friday. So I've had to rewash them, which meant I was completely out of clean socks.

Richard's socks are horrible & scratchy, & make my feet itch.

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From: x_mass Date: 13th December 2011 05:51 (UTC) (Link)
i have huge problems working out where i am on the pain scale. for instance i'm typing this to you and I have pain in the middle of my back and it hurts. but i can do other stuff. I don't now where that comes. A good ready reconer I would say is you wnat to go to the loo really bad and you cant and you've got to go etc if your in more pain than that you really need to be using pain killers. I have had pain when all of existence seems to be pain and its all I am screaming desperate for the pain illers to work, where does that come on the scale? What is great about pain is that its only there now, after its gone you have no memory of what it was like before
baratron From: baratron Date: 13th December 2011 06:50 (UTC) (Link)
There's a good comment on the Hyperbole & a Half Pain Scale page:
Galadriel said...

Found your post via http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=4431. Love the pain scale.

Every time I'm asked to rate my pain, I start off saying, "Okay, I've ruptured a disk. I've had pain so bad it made me pass out. I *know* what a 10/10 is." 'Cause they tend to think that if I say my pain is 5 or 6 out of 10, then it's not that severe.

Here's my top-of-pain-scale rankings:
10/10 is unconscious from pain. 9/10 is pain so intense that I can't speak. 8/10 is pain so bad I can only speak to attempt to communicate the pain. If I'm coherent but the pain is seriously interfering with my motor capacities, it's 7 or below.

I once watched someone banging on a counter, demanding to be seen immediately, because he had 10/10 pain. BS, man. You can stand, you can speak, you clearly don't KNOW what 10/10 pain is.
March 30, 2010 8:05 AM

I've had 8 and 9/10 pain with my gall bladder and kidney infection. I have 3/10 pain on a daily basis, sometimes getting up to 5/10, occasionally 6/10. That's why 7 (or "crying with pain") is my personal cut-off for "need medical attention NOW!".

It's all very subjective though. And is the scale supposed to be linear or logarithmic?

Edited at 2011-12-13 06:53 (UTC)
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