The things we can’t fix, the patients that stay in my heart -

October 6, 2017

The paramedics quickly rolled the middle aged white female in on a stretcher through the emergency department, she was crying and moaning in so much pain. I could tell she was hurting but didn’t really appreciate how much until the x-rays came back. It was bad, like really bad. She had a dislocated radius, a fractured ulna and a fractured radial head. Before I had the results from the radiologist, I went in the patients room to see what I could do for pain control and collect information about the fall. One of the questions I asked was, “on a scale of 1-10 how bad is your pain?” As the tears rolled down her eyes ruining her perfectly placed foundation and eye makeup, she looked at me and said “about a 7/10,” I looked at her in confusion, “you must have a high pain tolerance, what would you consider a 10/10?” The tears got heavier and she looked at me and said, “the passing of my husband.”

 

 

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