Deborah (debris4spike) wrote,

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Getting To Know You Meme - Day 25

Day 01 - Introduction
Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail
Day 03 – Your parents, in great detail
Day 04 – What you ate today, in great detail
Day 05 – Your definition of love, in great detail
Day 06 – Your day, in great detail
Day 07 – Your best friend, in great detail
Day 08 – A moment, in great detail
Day 09 – Your beliefs, in great detail
Day 10 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 11 – Your siblings, in great detail
Day 12 – What’s in your bag, in great detail
Day 13 – This week, in great detail
Day 14 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 15 – Your dreams, in great detail
Day 16 – Your first kiss, in great detail - N/A
Day 17 – Your favorite memory, in great detail
Day 18 – Your favorite birthday, in great detail
Day 19 – Something you regret, in great detail
Day 20 – This month, in great detail
Day 21 – Another moment, in great detail
Day 22 – Something that upsets you, in great detail
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better, in great detail
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry, in great detail

Day 25 – A first, in great detail

I tend to find it hard when a question is a bit open-ended ... a first "what"?

So - I thought I would talk about my first ever patient once I was qualified as an osteopath ... how about that for random?

I spent 4 years training, and when I qualified in July 1983, I felt ready to take on the world.  In those days 85% of our patients had low back pain, 10% had shoulder symptoms, while the rest had ankle, knee or shoulder problems.

I started work 10 days after graduating, working 2 days a week at the prcatice of the Principal of the College.  First patient - a new one, never been to an osteopath ... great, they don't have any pre-concieved ideas.  So, I went in, armed (mentally) with all the questions ... asked name, address etc ... then said, OK where's the problem (werll it was a more long winded question - LOL)

And ... they poinetd to their jaw joint!

In 4 years we had discussed the jaw, but had never practiced on it ... I almost died on the spot!

Fortunately, as well as 4 years of anatomy and muscle techniques - we were taught how to b-######-t our way through any panic!

And, the good news is, that the patient returned the following week, 90% better!

I may have now left the profession, but that is one appointment that I will never forget - 35 mins of panic!

Day 26 – Your fears, in great detail
Day 27 – Your favorite place, in great detail
Day 28 – Something that you miss, in great detail
Day 29 – Your aspirations, in great detail
Day 30 – One last moment, in great detail


Tags: getting to know you, meme, osteopath

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