I checked out the Acupuncturists Without Borders website
yesterday and I noticed that they are starting to focus more on giving free
treatments to veterans.There is a local
chapter in the Boston area (in Arlington) that I contacted to see if I could
do my part.I feel that this is
particularly relevant now because of a story I heard on NPR this morning where
an administrator VA hospital in Texas
sent out an email to her staff asking them to stop diagnosing PTSD, presumably
because of the cost of treating it.I am
convinced that Acupuncture is an effective, low cost solution to this problem. I am looking forward to getting involved and blogging about it!
There was something I was holding back about in my last blog
entry.There is a book I have read
recently that has inspired me called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.Since reading this book I have started to
focus more on what I want in a situation and I have been endeavoring to avoid
complaining at all costs.She also talks
about the power of gratitude so these days I make mental lists of things that I
am grateful for daily.
With regard to my clinic here are some of the things I am
grateful for:I have a volunteer that
contacted me out of the blue several weeks ago and she comes and plays live acoustic
guitar for my patients (relaxing, healing type music), I have a doctor that has
been referring so many patients to me that I went to his office and met him,
gave him some business cards, and he assured me that he would keep them
coming!I have another volunteer who comes
weekly and has helped me in so many ways such as hanging pictures, answering
the phones, and showing me where some Dr. Tung extra points are.
I am also grateful for my former business partner, her
industriousness and organizational abilities inspire me, I learned quite a lot
from her about how this whole community acupuncture thing works.
Yesterday I was driving around putting up flyers at health
food stores and I got pulled over for speeding.While the cop was back at his car writing out the ticket I said to
myself “I am not going to complain or worry about this” so I just put on the
radio and waited for him to get back.When he returned he said “I’m just going to give you a warning this
time.”It is hard for me to prove but I
think my attitude might have helped prevent me from getting a ticket. Whew!
After looking at a few used recliners that were unacceptable
because they either where moldy or didn’t recline properly I decided to buy
some Zero Gravity chairs but no one will sit in them “because they look like
lawn chairs”!I guess I am going to get return them and keep
looking for recliners on craigslist.
I am very much looking forward to the Boston CAN conference