This past weekend I had an experience that wasn't really World War II or Miniatures related... but because I'm so obsessed with World War II History, that's all that was going through my mind. I had a Kidney Stone.
Maybe I'm just being a baby, or perhaps I have low tolerance for pain... but this kidney stone was the absolute worst pain I have ever had. It was so incredibly painful I was delusional and on the edge of consciousness. As I was laying in an emergency room hospital bed, I was begging the nurse to give me something for the pain. Her response was "Try to relax, we'll get you some Morphine."
Now... I've never had Morphine before, but immediately scenes of Saving Private Ryan started flashing through my head. In a delusional state of mind, I started thinking about wounded servicemen during WWII and pondering if the Morphine injections they received really worked as fast as the movies portrayed.
I did not receive a syrette injection like those in World War II (pictured above); they gave me mine through an i.v. drip. But, it IMMEDIATELY relaxed me the moment it went in. It took about 5-10 minutes to take full effect; and after the addition of another painkiller (can't recall it's name) I was comfortable and almost pain free.
I have the deepest and most sincere gratitude for those men and women who have been wounded or died in the defense of our freedoms and liberties. I also applaud those war-time medics who had to deal with the unenviable task of attending to those in pain. While my kidney stone can never compare to what they experienced... I now have a much greater appreciation for their sacrifices.