There seems to be a relatively new way of assessing pain. As I expect most people know, doctors now ask you to assess the severity of your pain by saying how bad it is by scoring it out of ten.
I have a problem with this. I suppose I know what a one is (a minor bump or scratch), but what on earth is a ten? Is it my own ten, or a general ten? Is a ten the thumb screw, the rack, being eaten alive by hyenas? That kind of thing? I've never experienced any of these.
And my own ten. What is that? Childbirth? Broken back (where I lay on the ground, begging for pain relief, watched in bewilderment by my son and daughter-in-law, who are, incidentally, both doctors)? Or the broken elbow? (You know that knobbly bit at the end of the elbow? Well, that came right off, and was rolling around inside my skin like a ping-pong ball in a sock.) Or the large, full jar of peanut butter falling onto my bare toe?
Gentle reader, what is/was your ten? I'd really like to know.