Posted by JamesT (126.96.36.199) on March 13, 2000 at 01:55:48:
In Reply to: Do I understand the Kip scale? posted by Dave on March 12, 2000 at 13:17:35:
When asked by a NON-CHer to describe the pain etc I'm always wary. It's difficult to expect any true understanding if the Non-CHer has not experienced any severe pain. Equally I don't feel that a subjective assessment from a CHead can ever be absolute and hence the kip scale is simply a guide (and a good one I feel) that allows one to plug in relative experiences.
I am unable to do much from what I consider an 8, certainly not operate anything like a computer. At what I consider to be a 10 I have great difficulty walking, opening doors and administering injections and a thought as complex as suicide (or any other form of logic) is difficult if not, thankfully, impossible. Those thoughts come afterwards. My definition of a 10 is that the pain has passed MY threshold and is all consuming.
Just an after thought! Many non-chers don't believe what I try to describe and a few have gone so far to accuse me of a "Mine's bigger than your's" mentality. However I'm sure as awareness grows so will acceptance.
PFNADs to all.
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