Hello, all. I hope everyone is surviving the onslaught of
midterms that have been hurdled their way. I know we have seen a
drop off in clinic appointments, last week and this week, for the
students to fit in some last minute studying. These tests take a
toll on everyone, so don't feel like you are the only
Saturday, I was up bright and early with a cup of coffee, a
banana and my Jurisprudence notes. My cheeks were planted in the
chair at my desk from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Saturday and
Sunday mornings working on midterm papers, presentations and
studying. In this program, discipline is king, and it took me some
time to train myself to sit in one spot for 4 hours straight
staring at a computer screen or book. At the end of the day, you
have to do, what you have to do; and if that means 8 hours a
weekend of school work, you have to put your head down and barrel
The weekend wasn't all work. Of course, I had to play a little
also. One of the perks of Florida weather is the outdoor festival.
My grandparents and I hit the Spanish Fiesta Day Festival this
weekend in Ybor City. The cigar factories of Cuba founded the city
of Tampa when they were moved to the States to flee communism. The
original city was Ybor City. Today, Ybor is a historical district
with a ton of shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Cuban-Americans, Spanish-Americans, and Italian-Americans started
the area, and a couple times a year the city shuts down the main
drag in Ybor and holds a festival to celebrate these heritages.
Spanish Fiesta Day in Ybor
We walked up and down 7th Avenue, ducked in shops, ate
entirely too much food, and I even twirled my grandmother around to
some of the salsa music being played by the bands on the street.
Later that afternoon, my grandparents headed back home and my pals
met me for some dinner and bar crawling. The weekend ended back at
my desk Sunday afternoon, but at least I had some fun in the sun to
balance out all the schoolwork.
Concert at Spanish Fiesta Day in Ybor
I'd like to end up this week's post with a story of a mistake I
made last week in clinic, so hopefully no one out there makes the
same one. As we've all been told over and over again, patient
consent is paramount before rendering treatment.
I had finished up with my history, physical exam and review of
findings with a new patient, and began my discussion on the risks
and benefits of chiropractic care and the adjustment. I finished,
what I thought was a good explanation, and the patient consented to
care. What I had forgotten to include in my talk was what the
patient should expect to hear/feel during and after the adjustment;
this was made apparent after I adjusted my patient's cervical spine
for the first time ever. The patient was startled to say the least,
and immediately started to tear up. There was no discomfort with
the adjustment, just shock after hearing the resounding cavitation.
Needless to say our clinician, Dr. Heiser, wasn't too thrilled with
me forgetting that bit of information from my informed consent
speech. The patient was quickly set at ease after a conversation on
the nature of the cavitation and the mechanism behind the
associated audible release or "pop," and even showed back up this
morning for continuing care.
Remember, when you do something right with a patient, they tend
to go and tell a few people, but when you do something wrong with a
patient, they tend to tell a whole lot more. We are in school to
learn through our mistakes, but always try to do your best and make
yourself, and the profession, look as good as possible. I hope
everyone has a good week, and kills all their exams.
Catch ya later,