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Title: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: lil_abi on August 11, 2008 06:28:33 AM
Wow.  That title made no sense. 



If any of you have had the misfortune to be in a hospital for an extended period of time, you may very well encounter the condescending beast called the Pain Scale. 



There are many iterations of the visual for "How's your pain?"  I am somewhat cynical and tend to think that it's a condescending artifice aimed at trying to quantify pain.  Because the health professions are heavily evidence-based, they can't just say "Her pain improved".  They have to have numbers so they can run statistical models on them.  Hence, the Pain Scale.  When I was in the hospital back in 2004 after brain surgery, they shoved this thing in my face many times a day.  If I said something like 4, "hurts little more", they would conclude this was not so bad, and withhold drugs.  But after brain surgery, all pain is relative.  How is a stinking little picture with faces supposed to equal the field for a person's individual response to pain?

Anyway, so my little sister was in a car accident last week.  She's not okay now, but she's getting better, and she will be okay.  I knew they'd be hounding her with the Pain Scale at all hours of the day, so during the 6 hour drive up to the hospital, I embroidered a "modified" pain scale, with better words than "no hurt" "hurts little bit".  Honestly, how helpful is that?  It's not even proper English.

Here's mine:


If you can't quite read my words, they say, from L to R:
What Pain? Puoca Dor (Portuguese for little pain), Feelin' it, Drugs Please, Bloody Hell, and Ow Fuck

I'm not so good at lettering, so I was really pleased with how well this turned out.

I used backstitch for most of it, with French knots for the eyes.  I wish I knew how to do split stitch, since I've heard it's good for outlining.  It was too tiny for chain stitch, which I also like for outlining.

Here are some action shots, with DH using the Pain Scale:



Thankfully, my sister's been about a 2 (puoco dor) all weekend, and was in much better spirits by the time we left on Sunday. 


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: oddacity on August 11, 2008 06:55:02 AM
I love that! Your version is much more useful, obviously. :P Yes I've been in contact with that quite a lot in the past; I had back surgery in 2003 and like you they asked me all the time. It's so useless...I mean, who in the world can really imagine what the highest level of pain is anyway? You're right, it's totally relative. Ugh.

Anyway, this is great! Love that it's colorful and the new captions, hee. :D

Hope your sister gets better! <3


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: ruledbyvenus on August 11, 2008 06:59:39 AM
Omg that is so freaking awesome! I should make one for some of my patients, they would love it!

I hope your sis gets better too.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: NerdyCrochetGal on August 11, 2008 07:22:26 AM
I love this, and yours is definitely more useful. When I was in labor the nurses kept shoving the pain scale in my face, and it really was more irritating than anything. I didn't find it useful to have these weird faces staring at me as I tried to decide which one I felt most like. LOL. I wish they would adapt your scale, really, it's more intuitive.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: bookwormbethie on August 11, 2008 07:33:31 AM
Sorry to hear about your sis,  I am glad to hear she will get better though.  Great stitchin' and captions!  Your hubby's facial expressions are hilarious!   Laughter is the best medicine <groan!>


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: katchoo1 on August 11, 2008 07:52:53 AM
This is awesome, and a really fun "in hospital" gift to make a patient smile.  As always, kudos to your hubby for the awesome poses with your work!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: lobsterchicky on August 11, 2008 07:58:21 AM
That's totally awesome!  What a great idea!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: kissthegirl on August 11, 2008 08:29:53 AM
this is great!! I had my jaws broken in 2004, and am such a wimp with pain. in the recovery room (where I spent 9 hours after a 2 hour surgery) I had lots of trouble breathing, and they kept shoving that stupid chart in my face. For a few min the nurse thought I was a trooper because I kept holding up just one finger..... until another nurse pointed out to the first optimist which finger I was holding up.... (*I was heavily drugged and couldn't breathe.... in no way do I condone being rude to hospital personnel*)

I wish I would have had your modified chart!!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: olive_juice on August 11, 2008 08:47:02 AM
I LOVE IT! For someone who is well acquainted with the good 'ol pain scale (and i always have trouble identifying which one i feel. I mean, i'm not making any of those faces so what does that mean?) I officially want one in my house! Maybe i'll find motivation enough to pick up an embroidery needle...


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: Momma2FIVEgirls on August 11, 2008 08:58:33 AM
HAHA! I love it! My DH has a bone disease and frequently breaks himself, ending up at the hospital with the green scrub clad person asking what his pain scale is, of course after you've broken your arm already 2 other times, it hurts but you're not going to act as though your dieing. They think that just because you say 4 or 5 you don't need pain meds-completely UNTRUE! Maybe I'll attempt to make your version so he can show them the truth!  ;D


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: aliceownsj00 on August 11, 2008 09:05:49 AM
Awww how sweet, sorry to hear about your sister, I remember my car wreck when I was younger, omg they wouldn't stop asking me.

Once again, your husband is HILARIOUS!! Beautiful work, love the colors!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: RachelKristin on August 11, 2008 11:11:17 AM
haha! you & your husband always do such an awesome job with the pictures  :D
i love it, SO much more helpful. ha, and yeah, as i was reading the original i was thinking "that's not even worded correctly.."
i'm sorry to hear about your sis :-\ i hope she makes a speedy recovery!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: conkrotwife on August 11, 2008 11:47:26 AM
absolutely love this, had a friend just get out of the hospital, she could have really used this alternate pain scale!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: katiekutthroat on August 11, 2008 12:10:49 PM
haha that is hilarious!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: pixelpup2001 on August 11, 2008 12:13:38 PM
I love your posts, your husband's such a sport and he's so funny!
Great embroidery too, everyone needs a laugh when their in the hospital.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: TheMistressT on August 11, 2008 01:00:10 PM
Good for you! I hope your sister recovers really quickly.  I bet a lot of the staff will appreciate that.  Speaking of pain scale, how can that nasty wall paper border in her room help her recover?  Jeepers!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: nurseninja on August 11, 2008 01:32:07 PM
Let me just say- as a RN- the pain scale is crap!!! I like your version better- we use the number scale at my hospital and I cant chart 5.5 only 5 or 6. I like FACES better and the colors are cheerful!- Good work and sorry bout my soap box- it sucks but its the best we got (sigh)


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: Unfinished Projects on August 11, 2008 01:46:40 PM
I always LOVE your posts with your hubby helping!!!!  They are so funny!!!!!!!!!!!

I've always hated that stupid pain scale, too!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: amybarnett on August 11, 2008 01:54:37 PM
I so enjoy your posts!! Your DH is by far the best model Craftster has ever seen.

Where I live I have noticed that some hospitals have this same chart but with parkas on (I live in Alaska). Ummm... Parkas do not apply to all people. And I certainly wouldn't wear one inside the hospital.

I like the altered captions you did and the colors. You have so many good ideas!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: kittykill on August 11, 2008 01:57:14 PM
That's so funny.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: TheCraftyCat on August 11, 2008 02:33:41 PM
Haha!  I love the facial expressions and the colors.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: xmissmayhemx on August 11, 2008 03:31:35 PM
I'm a nurse, and I totally love that thing!  I FUCKING hate the wong-baker faces.  It's crap.  I usually ask people "Are you having pain?  If so, can you give me a number 1-10, 10 being the worst pain you've ever felt."  I also ALWAYS ask people if they need pain medicine.  Again, it's all relative, and they teach you in nursing school "Pain is what the patient states it is."  My "3" maybe someone elses "8."  So I just always ask...But your wong-baker faces is fucking awesome!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: kittykill on August 11, 2008 03:35:28 PM
Please let's try not to go off topic. If that happens, I will delete your post. Thanks!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: pixing on August 11, 2008 06:05:20 PM
Oh I love this!  And your husband is a fantastic model.

My Niece and her husband are both doctors - I would love to make up something like this - maybe not quite as fresh.

Great job - and what a great idea to keep your mind busy while you might be worrying.



Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: chiqui on August 11, 2008 06:43:31 PM
Yay!  Another post!  I've already decided that you are my idol.  Your stuff is so great and this just tops it all.  Thanks for the post!

btw... if you don't have a blog already,  you really should start one!  I'd be an instant stalker... I mean.... fan!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: yonorris14 on August 11, 2008 07:21:41 PM
I love it!  That is so much better that a "get well soon" balloon!

I've noticed your model in other photos.  You must post on here alot!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: tivaclare on August 11, 2008 07:40:27 PM
Oh, how I despise the pain scale! Whenever I'd had to use it I've been in so much pain those stupid little faces don't even come close!

I love it though, this is great. I always enjoy your husband and his ridiculous poses. I can't even get mine in family photos let alone crafty ones!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: summertimerolls on August 11, 2008 07:42:07 PM
I think you did a wonderful job.  The colorful faces are great.  I can't believe you did that in the car!  As with everyone else, your hubby is great...he'll turn into somewhat of a craftster idol. My pain scale would only need two faces.  Yes and No.  Yes drugs, No drugs.  I have a super high tolerance for pain, so when I ask for drugs...I mean it.  


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: lil_abi on August 11, 2008 07:46:05 PM
Thanks so much for all the positive feedback!  Yes, my dislike for the Wong-Baker Pain Scale was what initiated this project.  I didn't know those in the healthcare profession hated them as much as I do. 

Sister Update: She ate pancakes and a chicken caesar wrap today!  If she can keep it all down, she may go home tomorrow.  We're all very relieved.

See signature for DH's new blog essay about the ordeal. 


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: bella_domanie on August 11, 2008 08:03:01 PM
Oh my god, you're a genius!  I had to deal with those damn faces too.  But, all the ones I had to look at were on pink paper... like that's going to make it any better.  I kinda feel like they were getting a little insulting after awhile lol.  Whatever, yours is awsome.  Hosptals should adopt this instead of the one they use.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: KarenLouiseM on August 11, 2008 08:12:26 PM
You have a wonderful way of taking horrible physical events and making the most perfectly expressive art out of it!  I LOVED your brain surgery piece.  And this one is SO spot on.

I'm getting ready for a second round of back surgery (spinal fusion 4 years ago).  Your pain scale will be in my mind now every time they show me that stupid thing.

Thanks! ;D


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: Flapdoodle on August 11, 2008 08:22:43 PM
I love you guys and your posts!!! Seriously!!

Hope that wasn't too "off topic".  ;)


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: Crafty Thistle on August 12, 2008 12:47:13 AM
As a nurse, I have shoved this sign in many a patient's face, knowing it must be annoying!  Rest assured, I have yet to refuse to medicate anyone with pain 4/10!

I freaking LOVE this and I will be posting it in our breakroom at work for all to enjoy!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: string theory on August 12, 2008 02:13:11 AM
I love this! I am always confronted with the "pain scale" when I go to my doctor's office. It is on the bulletin board staring me in the face for the entire hour or so that I wait for the doctor and I am always trying to figure out if I am supposed to reference that or not. It feels entirely ridiculous. Apparently, according to the bulletin board, I am also supposed to ask my doctor what my cholesterol level is... but do I really need to at 26? It just adds to my overall doctor anxiety... what to do?


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: thegracklegirl on August 12, 2008 06:36:45 AM
I love every one of your posts. Half because you're so darned talented and half because your husband is hilarious!!

Omg, you two must be a riot in person!!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: whyme81687 on August 12, 2008 06:38:24 AM
HAHAHA I love that I really could have used it when I was in the hospital the pain scale annoyed me to no end.

When I broke my leg I had issues with the pain scale. I have a relatively high threshold for pain, and only take pain killers when I'm really in pain. The doctors asked on a scale of one to ten when I would take the pain medication. Well when I told them about 7 or 8 they yelled at me telling me that I was waiting too long. Turns out my mom tells me I really was probably waiting until 5 or 6. I was just like I don't judge my pain by numbers


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: Dawn Octopus on August 12, 2008 07:03:36 AM
Ouch! Sorry to hear about your sister, but your pain scale is awesome. Love the modeling by hubby!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: barbolot on August 12, 2008 08:54:58 AM
I hope your sister recovers completely and quickly.  :)  Happy to hear that she's doing better!  And that was so sweet of you to make this for her!

Your scale is so much more patient-friendly (as in those are words we'd actually use!)  I have given birth to 8 children (3 were c-sections) and I am no wimp.... If I am complaining about pain, chances are, I need something FOR that pain.  I learned quickly learned that number 6 is the magic number. ;) 


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: islandfly on August 12, 2008 09:51:40 AM
oh wow, what a great idea to lessen someone's suffering! its a humourous pain scale... and realistic too.

What a great idea! I hope your sis makes a full and speedy recovery


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: mandybles on August 12, 2008 10:08:50 AM
This is so excellent! Over 13 years I have been a patient, a volunteer, and a visitor wracking up many many hours in a hospital that thankfully, uses the wong-baker scale sparingly, but it is still one of my top ten annoyances on all fronts. I've normally only seen it used with children, which is good because somewhere around age 7 I think most people figure out it's bunk. I'm glad to see you take it on and win! And I can't believe you did this in the car! It turned out great! I think hospitals should use your version for all the adults if they're going to use it at all.  :P


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: BlueCherryFaerie on August 12, 2008 10:13:30 AM
That is so cute!  I bet it made your sister feel  better.  I hope she is doing better now.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: Mrs.LindsayLoo on August 12, 2008 10:14:54 AM
Your version is MUCH better!   :)


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: lil_abi on August 12, 2008 01:31:47 PM
Update:  My sister called me this morning.  She's being discharged. She and my mother are on their way home.  No more pain scales! 

But she says she's going to put it on the wall in her apartment! 


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: kittykill on August 12, 2008 07:50:41 PM
Again, PLEASE stay on topic of the CRAFT.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: Mellius01 on August 12, 2008 08:56:26 PM
I absolutely love this! I've been in that situation "How much does it hurt from one to ten" and wanted to demonstrate on the nurse's noggin. lol Your scale makes much more sense and is more colorful too. I don't suppose you'd be willing to share the pattern would you?


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: lil_abi on August 13, 2008 04:54:30 AM
I really didn't follow a pattern, per se.  I actually used the graphic I displayed in my original post.  I printed it out at the size I wanted, then traced the circles through the fabric (I used circle stencils to make sure they were round and pretty).  The faces and the words I free-handed with a disappearing ink pen.

For the outlines, mouths, noses, and eyebrows, I used six strands, mostly b/c I was too lazy to separate.  For the eyes and writing I used 3 strands.  For the eye-ball French knots, I think I used 4 strands.

It really was a lot of improv in the car!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: mrsflibble on August 13, 2008 07:41:22 AM
faby embroidery, I love it. I really like the expressions and your wording is so much more useful!!! I also like that you did it the "lazy" way. I can rarely be bothered to separate skeins.

I hope your sister recovers, I hope you and your family are ok too and you are all in my thoughts.

Finally, thanks for this thread! your pain scale gave me yet more hazy memories of my post-coma, post-double-heart-attack state from the last time I was in hospital.
no, seriously, I'm trying to get the memories back. You helped. Strange how the brain works. Still can't remember if they gave me any drugs either.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: TwistedTruth on August 13, 2008 08:14:44 AM
I have been in the hospital many times with broken bones, scoliosis, chest pains, everything... Migraines. >.<
And I have to agree, the Pain Scale is a complete and total waste of time.

I have to say, I wisted this. It's great! :D


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: rubytue on August 13, 2008 09:20:28 AM
I totally love this!  I want to make one for some friends of mine  ;D  I think I would use "meh" for 2 since I don't know anyone who know Portugese.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: KandyPop on August 13, 2008 10:18:20 AM
 :D
OMG, this is totally awesome! I love the modified definitions of pain. RAD.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: classy broad on August 14, 2008 10:34:15 AM
this is fantastic! i like the last three the most.  :D i wish i'd had something like this while i was in the hospital two years ago!

*xo...


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: trampycouture on August 14, 2008 05:13:22 PM
So funny and original.. plus I love the model!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: MareMare on August 18, 2008 10:13:15 PM
I love, love, love it! Recently I was in the ER, and I had nurses traipsing in and out all night asking me to give them a number. At one point this really old nurse asked me how I was feeling and I started saying what hurt, blah blah. Then she glares at me and says "I really just need a number!" Ooh, old bag!  I think your scale should be the new universal pain scale!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: lil_abi on August 19, 2008 06:32:49 AM
Quote
I think I would use "meh" for 2 since I don't know anyone who know Portugese.

I think that's a great idea.  My sis speaks Portuguese, so I used it, but I like "meh" for its universal appeal.  I was racking my brain trying to come up with one for "2".  "meh" is perfect. 


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: sirael on August 21, 2008 08:56:52 PM
I personally find this amazingly hilarious, as I'm currently working at a clinic where I have to deal with that dreaded scale all the time.  I love that you took it so light heartedly, not to mention that you embroidered it so skillfully!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: LinzSerena on August 22, 2008 06:39:45 AM
I love this pain scale! I find the pain scale a little silly as well, since I often get the patient with a stubbed toe who rates their pain "twenty-two" while my patient down the hall who has been filleted like a fish rates her pain a modest "two". And having been a patient before, I have always reserved numbers for pain that I imagine is worse than my current pain, so I never went over an 8 (9 = childbirth, 10 = anything worse than childbirth). They even mentioned the silly pain scale on the tv show scrubs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIJG8io5Z5M)
Very nice! Wisted!
-Lindsey


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: Urban Threads on August 22, 2008 10:16:16 AM
Awesome.  Truly awesome.  I have some friends in the medical profession that would kill to have one of these in their office.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: raeonix on January 02, 2009 06:43:15 PM
This is fabulous!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: brookeincraftland on January 03, 2009 12:35:31 AM
OMG. I hate this. I swear if I hear one more time, "on a scale of 1-10 what is your pain"!!!!!!! I will scream and maybe cause myself harm :) like banging my head on a wall :) being sick for a long time you get used to it and sometimes you want to say. exactly what yours says. Yep my pains scale number is "give me some freaking pain meds right now" etc :)


great job!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: sailorgirlbonk on January 03, 2009 01:36:26 PM
Love it so much! :-D "Bloody hell" is my favorite.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: annieeggplant on January 05, 2009 09:22:05 AM
Oh my goodness!  That is AWESOME!!!  My dad seems to end up in the hospital at least once a year for the past 5 years.  He would have loved to have this one shown to him. 

He hates the ones they really use too. 


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: ruby42 on March 07, 2009 05:36:03 PM
Oh, how awesome. I work in a doctors office. I would love to plaster these in every room!!!



Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: orangeponcho on March 08, 2009 01:58:10 PM
Wow, I love it!  I was extremely bitter about the pain scale when I had malaria.  It's so condescending...  I always thought, "Well, since I've never been on the verge of death, a 10 for me is completely different from someone who has undergone something really torturous.."  Your version is far superior!  Love the captions.


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: BettyBravo on March 13, 2009 08:36:26 AM
too cute!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: Mal* on March 17, 2009 04:05:06 PM
I work at a hospital and I have to introduce this pain scale to my staff next week. I am totally going to show them these photos to lighten it up! Awesome!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: AKAmber on July 28, 2010 04:08:39 PM
HAHAHA! I love this! This would have been a great thing to have when I was in labor.  :D

Thanks for sharing! Great work and I love the colors, BTW!


Title: Re: Modified emoticon pain scale embroidery (some foul language)
Post by: spicytaco on July 31, 2010 07:25:45 PM
That's great. I love it.

I work in a pulmonary function lab (errr...I do breathing tests) and one of the tests we do is a walk test where you have to rate how short of breath and tired you are an a scale of 0-10. Everyone has a hard time with it. I totally want to remake it, but I really don't think they'd let me.

Anyway, I love your pain scale and really hope you sis is gonna be okay.