posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 01:32 AM
Yet another night, I find myself awake at 2 am, unable to sleep. The reason? As I do 3-4 other nights a week, I just returned from a 911 call for
help. Was it a motor vehicle accident? No. How about a serious illness? Nope! Instead, it was the frequent flier with chronic ankle pain.
Without divulging too much information, my patient was 19 years old, in apparently good health, suffering from ankle pain that she rated a 10,000 on
our 1-10 scale. Additionally, she stated she was allergic to every non-narcotic analgesic in existance. From acetaminophen and ibuprofen to
prescriptions NSAIDS like ketorolac-she was "severely allergic." Although it is worthy to note that her drug of choice (as she stated) is
percocet.....which contains acetaminophen.....anyhow, to top it off she tells me that "the other times" we gave her something that started with a
"d"....."Not Demerol, uhhh..Dilantin...oh, wait, Dilaudid! Yeah that's it...2mg."
Anyhow, she ended up getting nothing from me but a cold compress and free-ride to the hospital.
Sorry, but if you're text messaging your boyfriend then somehow I doubt your 10,000 out of 10 pain is really that bad. And speaking of which,
according to her rating, I could hack it off with an axe and itd still be the same amount of pain...
Phew. Maybe I can sleep now. Thanks for the chance to vent.