This past week, I had the opportunity to present my dad as a
case study for my Senior Seminar II class. It turned out to be a
Before he came to class, I performed an intake and case history
with him. I learned that when working with family, it was a little
difficult to stay objective, as I know him well, so I had a
different perception of certain things than he. With a patient at
clinic, there is usually no outside reference point, so the
information being given is the only information the intern and
clinician learn. With family, we know what they eat, their health
history and their moods, but their perception and ours are not
always the same. I think I was supposed to let the patient be right
in this case, but since it was my dad, I found an area of grey for
us both to agree on when we saw things a little differently. I
think this was a great learning opportunity for us both.
When my dad came to the clinic, it was an interesting experience
to step back and listen to the clinician and other intern ask him
further questions and gather additional information. It was both
difficult and motivating to see my dad fully as a patient at the
clinic. Since he is my dad, I have always looked up to him, but at
the same time, would do anything for him.
Once we decided on a treatment plan, we advised my dad to go
into the treatment room and prepare for his treatment. He was a
very cooperative patient. He is rather needle-sensitive and very
in-tune to the "qi sensation" (energetic response of the needles),
but handled it very well. He informed us of how he was feeling
during the needling aspect of the treatment once we had placed all
the needles. I felt this brought an added educational benefit.
My dad reported a positive response to the treatment. He
continued to feel the benefits of the treatment the following days.
In addition to my dad's benefits and the educational aspects of
this case study, this felt like a bit of a milestone somehow for my
dad and me. It felt a bit peculiar at times to have our roles
shifted as patient and intern, but at the same time, it felt like
something expanded between us by doing so. If you have read my
previous blog from last trimester, you know that my dad and I are
very close and he joined me at the AOM pinning ceremony. Having a
moment in time where we were patient and intern instead of dad and
daughter was rather intriguing.