Two years ago, when I told my patients of my plans to convert the practice to a CAP, they surprised me that month by scheduling more visits than ever, at the old price.It only lasted a month, but told me that they were expressing their trust in me, once they realized that I really cared about them getting well.
Fast-forward two years, and I’m now telling them that I’m moving to a new location, just a mile away.I found a place for almost the same price, but this will give us a little more space, our own bathroom, and free parking.They also know that my lungs took a big hit from the recent wildfires, and that I’m in healing mode, so when I posted the announcement about the move, they were not surprised when I also posted a signup list for those who wanted to help out.
The move entails a huge expenditure, in both labor and cash.The main unit is already freshly painted with white paint.But because we’re also renovating an old, unused bathroom and storage room, we are cleaning and painting.Buying low-VOC paints and supplies, scrubbing walls and floors, windows and blinds and dusty vents was not something I thought we could tackle by ourselves.
The first day I posted the announcement, the signup sheet was almost filled!
The first weekend saw three greatvolunteers show up.One patient cleaned like the devil for five hours!Another volunteer was a complete surprise to the project.He started out as a Craigslist find, as a hired truck to transport our office partitions.He ended up so interested in our project that he donated hours of his skills to helping us to set up and stabilize our reception room walls.
A third volunteer was a very frail patient who used to be a professional painter in a previous lifetime.Not only did he bring a drop cloth and painting tools, he fetched our paint for us at the hardware store and donated a gallon of paint to the project.His expert advice on painting techniques was invaluable, as he probably saved us hours of time and cleanup.Even though we thought we knew how to paint, he surprised us with little-known tips on how to apply the paint, how to set up for painting, how to save on paint, estimate need for paint, etc. etc.
This weekend we have some new volunteers scheduled, for painting and odd jobs.One donated dyeing materials so we can dye some gauze that we’ll be hanging, to drop the ceiling and absorb sound.Another will be ironing the finished cloth before we put it up.I’m picking up fabric scraps and towel donations from Freecycle tomorrow morning.A fan, cotton rags, and various other useful items were donated by other patients.
Another is a professional artist who is helping us with banner designs and signage.There is more going on, and we’ve only just started, but I wanted to share this with you, that my heart is warmed by these individuals expressing their trust and investment in the clinic that they recognize as a part of their healing.Wow, this is what a community clinic feels like!
Now I’m going to try to post my photos for you so you can see the new clinic space.Yes, it’s upstairs.But there’s an upper parking lot that leads to a walkway that goes downhill to the second level of this building.
Downstairs is a great sushi restaurant and next to me, on either side, are a massage therapist and a fine arts studio sharedby three artists.The door faces east, and the windows and the glass door catch the morning sun.