Wow, what a week it has been. Clinic seems to be crazier than
ever. I blame it on the full moon after the spring solstice!
It never fails but no matter how hard you try not to be like
your parents, one way or another you will take on at least one of
their traits. And mine is time management. In clinic we have a time
slot of one hour and 20 minutes for each patient, and double that
for new patients because their intake takes longer than a re-exam.
As much as I try, my intake always takes longer then I allot
myself. I don't think this bothers patients unless they are in a
hurry, but I do get teased by fellow classmates or clinicians.
I guess, I know how much I hate the typical question-answer
intake, and like one of my professors put it, "get a narrative from
the patient." I find by letting the patient talk about their week,
they will answer my questions but I will also learn more than if I
just asked a serious of questions. Dr. Cai knows me by now and
often pops her head in to see how everything is progressing.
But, this is a concern of mine especially when I start my own
clinic with my husband. It seems like a double edge sword. A
patient's comfort is important, but time management is as well
because underneath there is a business to run. I haven't had
business class yet, but when I do, I hope time management will be a
portion of it.
Monday I had a new patient who came in for sinus congestion and
phlegm accumulation. As I was taking his intake with the
chiropractic student, I learned he could not take a deep breath
without coughing. After listening to his lungs, the chiropractic
clinician decided the patient needed X-rays of his lungs and blood
tests to rule out cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, or infection of
any kind. This was an awesome learning experience because even
though I haven't had radiology class, I am in lab diagnosis and
knew what we would be looking for on a CBC (complete blood count
panel). I also was able to observe the process involved in setting
up and taking X-rays. It was really cool!
Needless to say I was scrambling to jumble treating him and my
last patient. I still needed to fill out the 'first time patient'
paperwork and make my herbal preparation and fill out my S.O.A.P
notes for my second patient. After all was said and done, I didn't
get out of clinic until 1:15 and my shift ended at noon. Wow, I am
out of breath just writing about it.
This weekend I did get to relax by going shopping for my
upcoming Hawaii trip!! Yay!! And on Sunday, my husband and I
celebrated Easter with our families at our favorite Hungarian
restaurant, The Epicurean. (I am part Hungarian.) It was nice to
visit with family and have a few good laughs.