FurBall Friday

One of my greatest passions in life is animals.  I have loved animals, of all kinds, for as long as I can remember.  They have always been a huge and important part of my life and I am a strong supporter of animal rights.

In my darkest hours, my pets have always been by my side.  When Billy and I are in severe pain, our dog and cats instinctively know and try their best to comfort us in whatever way they can.  They are not registered therapy pets, but they are our therapy and our family.

For these reasons and more, I have decided to implement a weekly feature called FurBall Friday.  Every Friday, I will publish an animal related post.  The posts might include a simple photo, a video, an article, or something that I have written about animals.

For our first FurBall Friday, I would like to introduce you all to our furry family.

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Happy FurBall Friday and Happy Halloween!  🙂

Pain Scale

Everyone has likely been exposed to the pain scale at some point in their life.  You know, the scale from one to ten, that you are supposed to use to explain your pain level to medical professionals.

For those who live with chronic pain, we quickly become VERY familiar with this scale.  We see it in hospitals, in doctor’s offices, and those in pain management see and use it on a very regular basis.

The pain scale is important because it is how we explain the severity of our pain to doctors and nurses and hopefully, if used correctly, it helps to guide them in determining appropriate treatment options.

The problem with the pain scale is that there are many different versions and the scale in and of itself is very subjective.  What one patient might rate as a 6, another might rate as a 3.  That is because most people don’t really have a good understanding of what each level means.  Continue reading