Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Do I Look Stupid?

Here's the thing, I know a lot more than you think I know.  You know a lot less than you think you do.

Don't try to fake an injury.  It'll just make you look bad.

For instance, when I told you I'm going to measure your knee, you only bent it 80 degrees.  When I put you on a bike, what you don't know and I do is that it takes 100-105 degrees to bike in full revolutions, and that's if the bike is properly adjusted.  So if it's too close, and you can still bike in full revolutions, that is what we call an inconsistency.  We can't call it a lie, because we can't feel for sure where your pain is or how bad it is, but it is definitely an inconsistency.

When I was young and dumb less experienced and more naive, I had a lot harder time telling the difference between normal variations in injuries and certain inconsistencies.  Now I can't always prove it, but I can usually tell if:

You are really injured, but are milking it a little bit.
You are really injured, but are just a big baby about pain (12/10 on a pain scale is a big hint).
You are really injured, and you're actually hurting more than you want to tell me.
You are really injured, but the pain is referred from something else.
You are not really injured.

In a situation like this, it's usually a combo of the first two. There were enough things in your case to make me seriously consider the last one.  I don't think I've ever seriously considered the last option.  Really. Don't try to fake it. You're no good at it.


  1. I am all about number 2! I am a big baby about pain. Having had so much of it over a prolonged period has totally recked my tolerance of more, LOL. But I'm also a lot of number 3 as well because I rarely let it show just how much pain I'm in until I just can't take it any more and it's worn me down. It drives my husband nuts that I hide that from him so easily. He knows I'm hurting but he never really knows just to what degree until I either start crying, go to bed to sleep it off or pop a hydrocodone (something I loathe to do unless I'm totally at the point of no return on the pain scale).