With my sensitivities getting so bad in April, new ones popping up every day and holiday season hell fast approaching my boyfriend asked me to make a scale similar to the pain scale to rate my reactions to things. He wants something easily understandable and clearly defined like the attached pain scale. It's a god idea and will help our communication since my brain shuts off and i can't find words besides bad and not ok to describe my reactions when they happen. However I'm drawing a complete blank as to how to modify the attached pain scale to be used with chemical sensitivities. Any ideas?
1 st draft. What do you think? 0 - reaction free 1 - reaction is very mild, barely noticeable. Most of the time is not recognized as an actual reaction. 2 - minor reaction. Annoying but ignorable. 3 - noticeable and distracting, takes great effort to push it to the background. 4 - distracting and cannot be ignored, hard to focus outside the reaction 5 - moderate reaction, with great effort a task can be competed. 6 - strong reaction, concentration is lost 7 - severe reaction dominates reality, however there is awareness of a reality beyond the reaction 8 - reaction takes over, communication suffers greatly 9 - communication might not be possible, the reaction becomes everything 10 - complete loss of function, possible loss of consciousness and or seizures
I think it is spot on!!! I mean really!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate the happy faces at the doctor's office I really want to throat punch someone whenever they ask me to use that scale because it is so far from accurate! Yours is much better...if that is your 1st draft I can't wait to see your final draft!!!💜💜💜
From the feedback I've gotten from the chemical sensitivities group I'm in it might be final draft. I hate that stupid happy face scale. What the hell does it even mean? I came across this article and it's what I've been using. It's clear stages. The really blurry pic is the same thing just a picture of it i found on Facebook.
Gotobef that article is great, I love the explanation of the pain scale. When I was in hospital last year, when the nurses were doing the rounds some would ask for pain on a 0-10 scale where as others would ask 1-3 scale.....on the same ward as well! Can you imagine being unwell in a hospital bed and being asked 2 different scales from 2 different nurses on the same shift???? Whoever invented the happy face scale must not of had any pain! Iver never seen a more stupid scale!
I saved the link and the pic on my phone so when asked I have a reference that isn't in my head and that I can show the person asking. I can't imagine trying to figure out 2 different scales while being in the hospital
I've saved the scale as well because a lot of the time I'm asked when I'm not totally there because of the pain I can show them that.....apparently I become super polite and extremely apologetic when I'm in a pain that is very severe! My sister see me in child birth and couldn't believe it and when she visited me in hospital last year when I was out of it she said the same!!! I don't really remember so I think she's making it up lol