on a scale of 1 to 10 {DOESN’T Work for me Wednesday}

This week I’m turning it around a bit and sharing a What DOESN’T Work for Me tip.

The whole “On a scale of 1 to 10….” thing just doesn’t do it for me.

I mean, come on.  Could we have a more subjective scale?  “How’s the pain on a scale of 1 to 10?”.  HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT a “10” PAIN FEELS LIKE?  I mean, are we talking a 10 is childbirth or being tortured Jack Bauer style?  I haven’t experienced either of those things, so I can’t even compare to them, but yeah, I’m gonna say that my smashed finger is probably not a 10 then.  But what is it?

Maybe this chart will help…


Oh yes, this definitely clears it up, let me just glance at my face in the mirror and compare it to these faces.  Yep – mouth in a straight line, big eyes, slightly arched eyebrows…must be a 4.

Oh wait, you mean that the only time I cry is when I’m at a level 10 pain…I must be at level 10 pretty often then.  I cry when I get my finger stuck in the baby wipe container, for Pete’s sake.


This chart is even better…I like how we jump from “interferes with basic needs” straight to “bed rest required” – is there no in between?

And that doesn’t have to just have to apply to pain…I don’t like scales of 1 to 10, not matter what they refer to.

So don’t ask me how I am/think/feel/etc. on a scale of 1 to 10 cause I just might punch you and then ask how you feel on a scale of 1 to 10…

(hopping off the sarcasm train now…)

Using a scale of 1 to 10 doesn’t work for me.  What about you?

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  1. I am soooo with you on this one. I hate answering any question that is subjective. My black and white mind struggles with it. Sydney had to go to the physical therapist and had to rate her pain level. Really? My mini-me couldn’t do it either. Admittedly her pain level wasn’t to that of when she sliced her leg with a razor scooter and required 23 stitches. But beyond that comparison she really didn’t have anything else to go on.

  2. Yes!! I hate that question and have had many conversations with my husband about how I truly do not know the answer! I’ve done labor with 3 different babies and was really ready to punch the nurses asking that question.

  3. Liz King says:

    You tell them, girl!
    I agree!

  4. I couldn’t agree with you more. What’s irritating to me is when I talk to an RN and she gives me a hard time because I didn’t ask the 1-10 question. I simply say they’re in pain. Thanks for the link. Hope you enjoyed my blog. I enjoyed yours.

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