Posted August 14, 2014on:
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.