Pain relief is an interesting one. Watching G go through some incredible pain it reminds me how little we know of how to treat pain – that we can only really treat it superficially.

It’s not a lot of fun – I wish I could take some of it away from him.

The’ve drilled down through the bone in his ring finger in an attempt to reattach it. The cut went clean through the bone but too close to the knuckle, so it is most likely he won’t regain use of it. There’s also the risk that it will just cause him pain for the rest of his days and in that case, it will have to be removed. The middle finger was sewn up. So, I can see why he is in so much pain. He’s on some pretty strong pain killers – but they didn’t seam to really work yesterday and last night. We go back to the hospital tomorrow to see how the healing is going and hopefully he won’t need these hardcore painkillers too much longer – they are truly knocking him about.

All of this reminded me of a favourite TED talk of mine, so I thought I would share that today too – enjoy.
Latif Nasser: The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief

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