In a PACU? They've come for a really minor procedure and complain incessantly of "unbearable" pain post-op. The anaesthetist gives them morphine, or sometimes a little Fentanyl, to no apparent effect. MEANWHILE....the BP's normal, the pulse is slow and steady, the patient dozes in between, then opens his/her eyes, looks around for the nurse, makes sure she's close by, then starts moaning with "pain" again.
On a side note, I heard a wonderful conversation between an A-P and a patient which took place during a pre-op visit.
A-P: "Mr X, I see you're on medication for your blood pressure, what's the name of that medication?"
Patient: "Oh Doctor, I can't remember the name. It's a little white pill."
A-P: "And how long have you been using this little white pill?"
Patient: "About 4 years, Doctor."
A-P: "Ok, I see you're a smoker. What brand of cigarettes do you smoke?"
Patient: "I smoke Rothman's, Doctor."
A-P: "So you've been using a pill that can save your life for 4 years and you've never found out the name, but you can remember your brand of cigarettes? Sir, you'd better decide what's more important, whether you can live knowing the names of your chronic medicines, or die knowing what cigarettes you smoke!"