Don't Get Too Comfortable!
When I first started fresh out of Chiropractic school I was scared
to death on Day 1. Especially when I came to communicating to moms about their kiddos. Maybe it was the memorized "18 questions" we learned at Palmer, maybe all the talk from speakers that "OPQRST"
was the wrong move... not enough and that I needed to share the "truth" about how the body heals regardless of the paradigm I felt like I was winging it.
I was trying my best to make a great first impression, gather the needed info, and just get to day 2. I figured if they knew, liked, and were starting to trust me I was on the right track... and it turns out I was.
Kids, moms, and dads all signed up for care. I gained confidence
and the scared feeling turned into more comfort ! ...
But then I crashed
. Let me explain...
A 2 year old came in with the same diagnosis as my special needs son. Mom explained the history as I nodded and agreed. I shared my story and assured her that we could help. I felt good about it. We took the scans and met again in a few days for the Day 2 and what for sure would be the first adjustment. I presented the 60 visit plan and met them in room 1 afterwards for the adjustment. They left happy, I was excited about the future.
My rosy picture changed when I talked with our CA who presented the financial plan. "Mom and Dad just aren’t sure if we can help him with what he is struggling with now. They know chiropractic will be good for him long term, but they just aren’t willing to commit to something when they are already doing so much.”
I held out hope
and even after follow up, they never pursued care.
Why? Well it could be a lot of things... but looking back now 5 years later I chalk it up to this...
𝐈 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐠𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟏
𝐈 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬
𝐈 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡
𝐈 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐠𝐨 “𝐛𝐞𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐝” 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐦𝐨𝐦 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐝
𝐈 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐏𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐚 𝐥𝐮𝐱𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐩𝐮𝐳𝐳𝐥𝐞 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞
So I committed to change that in my day 1! I got more into the details, more into the “core struggles,” and worked hard to become a better listener. And I’m still working on it!!!
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮…𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙗𝙚 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜…𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙬𝙖𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙚𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙄’𝙢 𝙖𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙬!
So If you’re new"er” in practice, I hope this encourages you that you can easily level up . And,
if you’re a vet, this may be what your team can dig deeper
into in 2022 as more complex pediatric cases come your way.
Either way, I’m not done talking about Day 1 .
Prepping and planning right now for more
on next weeks PX clinical zoom
call. So bring your questions
docs…we need to level up more than ever!