I love XKCD. They hit the nail on the head so often. And I about died when I saw this one. See, I was just in the doctor's office for an ear infection on Thursday and she asked me to rate the pain on a scale from one to ten. I said eight. Then I thought about it. I've broken my toe and that was excruciating. I've had a root canal on a live tooth. *shudder* I've woken up from a surgery during which they've sliced open my abdomen and spread apart my rib cage... After thinking about this for a minute, I turned to her and said, "You know, like an eight as far as ear infections go. It's not really all that bad..."
Speaking of that particular appointment, I learned that I have this thing called bullous myringitis. I will spare you most of the details on that, 'cause it's gross. Anyway, the doc looks in my ear and says, "Oh, wow..." I've gotten a little desensitized to this kind of a reaction given the fiasco that occurred two years ago. I ask her what's wrong and she just looks at me and says, "Can I have the other doctors come in and look at your ear? It's just that, you never really see a good example of this outside a textbook." *sigh* I guess if I'm gonna be a medical wreck, I may as well be a learning experience.