I have been thinking about the “”essential” “non essential” distinctions. In my twenty plus years in practice I have –
-opened the office at 2:30am because a patient was in a great deal of pain due to an MVA and couldn’t take pain meds because of an allergic reaction. I treated her multiple times a day, every day including Saturdays and Sundays, so she could care for her children
-came in 10:30pm after a patient’s son was injured in a football game, he couldn’t take a full breath. Turns out the ER doc missed a subluxated rib-head, one adjustment and he was able to breath without pain
-met a patient at an emergency room who had a quad accident. He was concerned because the hospital only took one view of his hip, (medical assistance insurance so you know why) and the pain was intense that the meds weren’t touching it. I went in, strongly insisted on multiple views or would just write the order myself. Additional views showed a hairline fracture along the femoral neck
-applied for treating rights, and was granted them, at a personal care home because a patient wasn’t responding to the care. Initiated an aggressive treatment plan of 3 treatments/day, which entailed me going in before, during lunch and after my regular hours. At the end of the week, she was able to go home
-canceled a vacation because a patient who had no sick time could not function without treatment. He was seen before and after he went to work, which meant coming in at 7am and staying past 8pm. Since I was not away, I opened the office. By not taking that vacation, I helped this man keep food on his family’s table
-worked on a bride to be the night before her wedding because she was in a level of pain that she couldn’t walk completely upright and without a limp. It was my great honor to watch her walk down the aisle and have a dance with her at her wedding
These are the extreme cases.
Just the same, if I diagnose a patient and develop a treatment plan, I am doing it for the health of my patient. If the treatment plan is not consistent, the results will not be as effective as necessary, and recovery will be delayed. I pledge to those who have trusted me with their care – If I have to work alone, unless of course I am myself stricken, I will be in the office to care for you, my patients, and take all precautions possible and necessary.
If you are a chiropractor and think what you do is non-essential, you should consider doing something else for a living.