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May 222011

May 22, 2011 – Malaysia.

For the past couple of months (with a week break in Bali), I have been caring for my mom in Malaysia.

On Wednesday she had her right leg amputated below her knee (certainly not my wish or consent ! ) after several months of pain due to an injured toe which led to further operations. My mom is diabetic.

What is pain? Can we describe pain? Is pain lingering on because we have no concept of why we have pain in the first instance? What does one say to someone in great pain?

Deepak Chopra’s pain vs. the idea of pain sounds simple.However to put it into practise requires both patient and carers/doctors/nurses to recognise that pain is just an idea. Imagine in a hospital whereby the idea of pain or the word ‘pain’ is not uttered at all?!