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Painful lessons

Posted on: August 14, 2014

How would you rate the pain on a scale of 1 to 10?

I was asked that question several times when I checked into the Emergency ward on Tuesday evening. I had never been asked that question before and I had no frame of reference.

I gave the pain a rating of 8 when I reasoned that 9 must be screaming in pain and 10 unconscious from it.

After some poking, prodding, scanning, and x-raying, I found out that I had a kidney stone. The doctor told me that the pain I was experiencing was second only to a gallstone. If I were female, I would probably say it was a distant third behind childbirth.

This dark cloud emerged barely two weeks after my fulltime employment medical benefits lapsed. In the eight years I worked in NIE, I did not make a major claim. The moment I left it, life decided to play a joke on me.

On the bright side, I got to experience the effects of morphine. Boy, was it effective.

4 Responses to "Painful lessons"

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, Dr Tan!

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Thank you. I’m channelling positive thoughts!

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Dear Dr Ashley, I am so sorry to hear what happened and the excruciating pain you had that needed morphine. Glad you are thinking positive. Be well boss. You are the best!

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Thank you for the get well message. I’m still confined to my bed but I hope to be up and about soon!

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