PawPaw Looks at Pain Management
Growing up in rural Texas, the only men I knew who were affectionately called “PawPaw” by their grandchildren were ancient-looking and stooped. When my oldest daughter, Dr. Meg Nguyen, was pregnant with her first child (and my first grandchild), she asked what I wanted to be called by my grandchildren. I said, “Anything but PawPaw, that would make me feel really old.” Of course, that sealed the deal and all five of my grandchildren call me “PawPaw”. After a short period of adjustment, I find great delight in the sound of it.
As I look back on my veterinary career spanning almost four decades, the evolution of pain management perceptions and practices has been the most dramatic change to occur in our profession. During one recent professional exchange, it was insinuated that there might be “generational differences” in how cattle veterinarians perceive and implement pain management protocols.