Why I’m Dumping The Numeric Pain Scale As A Chronic Illness Patient

Good post about chronic illness and chronic pain

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We’ve all been there, sitting on the exam table as the nurse goes through the usual list of questions. Then there it is, the question I despise more than anything: On a scale of 0-10, how would you rate your current pain level? Many of us worry about giving the wrong answer, or at least the wrong impression. We don’t want to be perceived as whiners, hypochondriacs, and especially not drug seekers. We want our pain taken seriously and taken care of. While I do share these concerns, I find another concern to be of more importance.

The traditional numeric pain scale is really only meant for measuring acute pain. It is useless when it comes to the realm of chronic pain. When we battle pain for a long period of time, our perception of that pain changes, so what may have previously been a 7, we now consider to be…

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When you have a big head, you need a big umbrella

It’s Y’uge!

All Things Chronic

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“My head is huge! My hair is huge! My hands and bank account? No comment.”  Donnie Trump

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Ms. Congeniality

Joe is soft around the middle but that
doesn’t bother Pattie.

She nibbles some bits and scrolls
through the evening news:

“Today in an action reminiscent of the worst
excesses of the 1960’s, a feminist icon burst
into flames!”

“Oh me, oh my,” Patti sighs, “I’m so nuts and
so obnoxious!”

Joe watches T.V.

The Ms. America Pageant is ending;
Ms. Arkansas is crowned.

“I will use my beauty to heal the World!”
she sobs.

The audience goes wild with sincerity.

As Ms. Congeniality stalks across the stage to
snatch her check from the emcee,  Pattie
pulls a knife on Joe.

“You’re such a cynic I could kill you!” she says.

And she does.

(c) Rob Goldstein 2016 All Rights Reserved

Nina Hagen
New York / N.Y.
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Warning: Reform Bill Could Add To Disparities in Judicial Sentences (Northpointe)

This is a fascinating study, and gives us another reason to vote the GOP out of office. We need a criminal justice system that works for all Americans.

Gronda Morin

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I was in the process of doing research as to why credible studies consistently demonstrate that minority defendants are much more likely to face incarceration and longer prison terms than non minority offenders for having committed similar legal infractions, when I came across a commonly utilized practice that explains in part this inequity. The courts have been resorting to software based on a defendants answers to a series of questions to determine the likelihood of their being a repeat offender. The most popular software is by “Northpointe.”

You would hope that there would have been studies conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of this practice to avoid another layer of unfair bias against minority suspects but this was not to be. This is problematic because there is a landmark sentencing reform bill currently under consideration by the U.S. Congress to expand the usage of these assessments.

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Management at ProPublica, a legal publication decided to take on this task by analyzing this…

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