How Bad Is Your Pain? (Parenting Edition)

This article, entitled "On a Scale of 1 to 10, How Bad is Your Pain?" comes from Erin Ferris at Chasing Roots

Are you familiar with the pain scale?

Simply put, the pain scale allows patients to describe the severity of their pain to medical professionals by attaching it to a number between 1 and 10. 0 = no pain, 1-3 = minor pain, 4-6 = moderate pain, and 7-10 = severe pain.

If you want to get into the nitty gritty of the pain scale, you can break the numbers down into words:

0 = no pain
1 = very mild
2 = discomforting
3 = tolerable
4 = distressing
5 = very distressing
6 = intense
7 = very intense
8 = utterly horrible
9 = excruciating/unbearable
10 = unimaginable/unspeakable

This pain scale seems pretty straightforward to me, but perhaps that's because with a nurse for a mom, I know no other way than to describe my pain using numbers.

But if the numbers aren't your thing, I've created a new pain scale specifically for parents:

0 = no pain
1 = losing a game of Memory to a five-year-old
2 = having the back of your car seat kicked...over, and over, and over again
3 = getting your finger stuck in a hungry, hungry hippo's mouth
4 = being unexpectedly sprayed in the face with ice cold water from the hose
5 = having your heel clipped by a shopping cart
6 = having your foot run over by a scooter
7 = having a plastic fire truck driven into your shin
8 = being bitten by a nursing baby
9 = having your toe broken by a toddler
10 = stepping on a Lego

I'm sure you can figure out what inspired me to write this post. And if you can't, come on by my house tomorrow afternoon - I'll sell you our give you our pay you to take our Legos.

Howdy!  My name is Erin, and I am a wife, mother and writer living in College Station, TX.  After eight years working in fundraising and volunteer management for the American Red Cross, my family moved across the country – from Michigan to Texas, which was quite the culture shock – and I decided a change in focus should accompany my change in geography.  I now spend my “free time” (while preschool is in session and during naptime) sharing my experiences and cultivating conversations about parenting, cooking and baking, home and family organization, and philanthropy and volunteerism on my personal blog, my kid-focused blog and for the American Red Cross. And I’m loving every minute of it.

About the Author...
Erin Ferris
My name is Erin, and I’m a wife, mother, and writer living in College Station, Texas.
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