Many moons ago, I cared for Johnny, a repeat patient in our ER, who had sickle cell anemia. If Johnny was faking, I'm the man in the moon. And I am not the man in the moon.
This poor guy was in so much pain, crying, holding himself stiffly since it hurt to move. And his parents suffered right along with him. It tore my heart out.
I really would like to kick the behinds of those smug idiots who call themselves nurses where you work, lola77.
Next time someone tells you that a patient is drug-seeking, ask them how they know that the pt is faking or induced the pain intentionally. Just a simple "how do you know that?". Of course, they'll give you an idiotic answer. Just take care of the patients, try to inform and teach your hateful coworkers, and try hard not to be as mad at them as I am. May they develop some painful disease, that no one can diagnose, that lasts much longer than anyone thinks it should, and have no one believe they're really suffering.
General, when I had surgery, I watched the clock, too. And asked for my pain med about 30 minutes before I thought I'd get it. Why? I knew it would take time for the nurse to find the narc keys, answer a couple of lights along the way, grab the narc, run up and down the long hallways, and finally give it to me. One jerk of a nurse told me that I could not have anything other than what was ordered, even though I had developed an extremely serious complication. Of course, the surgeon didn't think to increase my pain med. I told the nurse to please call him, she refused, I had to get DON involved, as I was really in agony.