When a patient was wheeled into our emergency room, I was the nurse on duty. “On a scale of zero to ten,” I asked her, “with zero representing no pain and ten representing excruciating pain, what would you say your pain level is now?”

She shook her head. “Oh, I don’t know. I’m not good with math.”

Vocabulary Help

  • excruciating – excruciante
  • I’m not good with math – Não sou boa de matemática
  • level – nível
  • nurse – enfermeira
  • on duty – de serviço
  • pain – dor
  • shake (shake, shook, shaken) – balançar
  • wheeled – conduzido em cadeira de rodas