By the Numbers

I have developed a system to help my family understand how I am doing each day.

Using the pain scale

I have the traditional 1-10 pain scale, but a physician's assistant I used to see actually went in and put an example of what that number means. I post the number on a whiteboard in my kitchen and in a text to my family so they can tell what I may or may not feel up to each day. The number is always subject to change, as I can go from a 9 in the morning to a 3 in the afternoon as the meds kick in, or vice versa.

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