||Take me within, within,
three Pain-Inches above
the floor (Paul Celan)
1) An old woman is lying in a bed that stands behind the waiting zone; she coughs; threeclinic staff are gathered around her bed; I can feel fear, discomfort; I sense that something serious is going on, that something is wrong.
d) Brian Massumi stated in an interview with Joel McKim (2008): ‘Affect for me is inseparable from the concept of shock. It doesn’t have to be a drama. It’s really more about microshocks, the kind that populate every moment of our lives. For example, a change in focus, or a rustle at the periphery of vision that draws the gaze toward it. In every shift of attention, there is an interruption, a momentary cut in the mode of onward deployment of life.’
e) Europe in Pain: According to a big survey, ‘Pain in Europe’(for which more than 46.000 people in Europe were questioned), every fifth adult in Europe suffers from chronic pain. The biggest part of sufferers was found in Norway, Poland and Italy. More than a quarter of the questioned adults in these countries reported having chronic pains. The lowest frequency of chronic pains was registered in Spain, where 11 percent of the surveyed adults reported chronic pains.
2) A teenage boy stands near the reception of the department for trauma; he shakes his right hand, walks up and down in front of the registration counter.
Nonverbal Pain Indicator Number four: Restlessness
(Constant or intermittent shifting of position, rocking,
intermittent or constant hand motions, inability to keep still)
3) He is accompanied by a woman; she fills out a form, standing at the desk with the registration forms that are kept in different boxes, separated by different language labels, below the desk.
||Are words actually of any use to describe what pain [...] really feels like? Words only come when everything is over, when things have calmed down. They refer only to memory, and are either powerless or untruthful.’ (Alphonse Daudet)
g) Hearing words that describe pain — such as ‘excruciating’ or ‘gruelling’— activates the areas of the brain that process the corresponding sensation. At least this is what the publication of a study conducted by researchers of the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany, suggests.
‘The findings show that words alone are capable of activating our pain matrix (emphasis added), says psychologist Thomas Weiss. He and his colleagues point out that the findings may be especially significant for people with chronic pain disorders who tend to speak a lot about their painful experiences with their health care providers. They say those conversations may intensify the activity of the pain matrix in the brain and intensify the pain experience.
h) ‘The main motive of patients with chronic pains to join the encounter group is to be together with other affected people and be able to share their pain. […] Years and even centuries of pain have restricted the social life of many of these patients, so the group is a social event for them: they get out, out of isolation, they meet others, and they talk about their — painful and joyful — experiences. And according to my experience, this is exactly what meets one of the main needs of patients with chronic pains.’ (Monika Gratzer, MD, anaesthetist)
4) Two male teenagers sit in front of me; one has drawn his left foot half out of his shoe, there is no sock on it.
Uncovered by cloth, exposed to all eyes, its nakedness gleams white and red under the dazzling lights, exposing the vulnerability of the human flesh.
5) He wrinkles his forehead, narrows his eyes and twists his mouth.
Nonverbal Pain Indicator number two: Facial Grimaces/Winces
(Furrowed brow, narrowed eyes, clenched teeth,
tightened lips, jaw drop, distorted expressions)