is that the adjective you want to use? really?

06/09/2009 at 5:20 AM Leave a comment

I received a message from a patient that her pain was not unbearable. This was not good news because I had been treating her off and on for some time . She had not had ‘unbearable pain’ at any point and I wasnt sure what I could do next, if anything. The phone number on the message slip was her work number, which should have been my first clue that she may play very loosely with her adjectives.

She responded on the first call in a cheery voice that is hard to fake. She continued to work in the background while we talked. At no point did I get any feeling she was in severe pain much less unbearable pain.

 Of course the word unbearable might mean different things to people. Some persons dont feel themselves constrained by a dictionary or the fact that they will be continuously missunderstood, they decide a word means something other than its agreed on meaning and off they go.

It turns out not only did the medicine I gave her work, it worked well (enough). She was out of it and wanted a refill. She was working, lifting boxes, putting stuff away on shelves, etc. 

Seems she might need message skills rehab.


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