Posts tagged pain

Embrace

The echoes of my steps resonated within the expanse of the hospital garage. As I made my way to the end of the aisle to my stall, a couple caught my eye.

A tall man, his hair only beginning to turn grey, faced a woman of similar age, dressed in a beautiful white summer dress. Next to them a car, its trunk agape, half packed with a box of personal belongings and a white plastic bag full of clothes sat waiting. Still, they stood, pausing, ruminating.

They stared longingly into each other’s eyes, a deep seeded pain overwhelming them as tears trickled down their delicate features. A warm embrace as they held each other tightly and wept.

I wondered what terrible tragedy had befell them. Did a loved one’s health take a turn for the worst? Did a loved one just pass away? Did their mother, father, daughter, or son, just perish from this earth? I could not help but wonder.

But it was not my place to ask.

I watched helplessly as they buried their heads in each other’s shoulders and comforted one other.

I continued walking.

Opiophobia by LIFE Before Death.

The fear of dependence and addiction to opioids is something I have routinely faced on the ward in the past year. On this rotation, this fear can be magnified multiple folds. It is up to both the patient and the team to work together to find methods to control pain that respects the patient’s wishes.

Check out LIFE Before Death's YouTube channel for other video clips from their full-length film.

The total requirement is 500 and climbing.
A discussion around morphine and palliative care.

The Burden of Pain and Suffering

As an EMT, I don’t want other people to see what I do. To experience the things that I experience on a daily basis and be exposed to a lot of the pain and suffering in this world. A lot of people don’t need that extra burden in their lives.

But every now and then I meet a person who I wish could spend some time with me on the ambulance and see first hand the pain and suffering in the world.

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We must all die. But that I can save him from days of torture, that is what I feel as my great and ever new privilege. Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.
Albert Schweitzer (1931)
The Face of Testicular Pain.
Doctors who took an ultrasound of a man’s testicle to find out what was causing him pain were astounded to find a gaping face staring back at them. I can only imagine the reactions as they looked at the monitor.

The Face of Testicular Pain.

Doctors who took an ultrasound of a man’s testicle to find out what was causing him pain were astounded to find a gaping face staring back at them. I can only imagine the reactions as they looked at the monitor.

Passing a kidney stone was as bad as going through labour. No, worse! If I had a choice between passing another kidney stone and going through three labours back to back, I would choose the babies…and not just because I like babies!
Patient tries to qualify the renal colic associated with passing kidney stones.