Scratching around


The language of pain is flexible. Recently when I went to the medical centre for an injection. Just before the nurse jabbed me with the needle, she said “you’ll feel a sharp scratch”.

A scratch? That is what you get from thorns, cats and badly trimmed toenails. An injection with the point of a needle does not feel like a scratch.

I suppose that the alternative is to say “you will feel a bit of a prick”, but sitting there mutely on the high, slippery plastic chair with your sleeve rolled up over your shoulder you could take that as read anyway.

3 Responses to “Scratching around”

  1. 1 Tim

    I still fondly remember being a 21 year old new member of staff, queuing up for a free roast meal at the Norwich Union (now Aviva!) canteen, and waiting eagerly to be asked “Do you want stuffing?”

    Thirteen years on, and schoolboy humour is still my favourite type…

  2. 2 David Allen

    Indeed! I remember my first Section Head regularly complaining that “my computer has gone down on me again”. Do people have the innate Finbarr Saunders extracted from them when they reach 50?

  3. 3 Becky Stafford

    I agree with you, you defo could take that as read. I’ve never been told you will feel a scratch just before an injection, maybe your nurse didn’t want to infer anything so she went with scratch instead.

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