If you're like me, working as an acu-punk brings opportunity to answer many and various questions – from folks visiting clinic, from one's own co-workers and colleagues and of course from the generally acu-curious.
So many questions in fact, I wrote a little book to make it easier on us to take on this specific work (honk! honk!).
Thus, in the spirit of that title, let us start a PPP 'Ask Uncle Andy' column, shall we? I'd like to welcome any questions related to acupuncture, clinic life, the POCA-world or the big world beyond, for that matter. Lay them on me via email and I'll answer honestly, if not with uncommon candor. Just make sure, we can write about them on these pages.
Send them along to:
Without further adieu, our first question comes to us from the great city of Akron, Ohio.
Dear Uncle Andy,
I'm a new acu-punk and I find I'm having trouble answering a question that's coming up quite often from my patients: How long have you been practicing acupuncture?
I'm wanting to be honest, but fear telling them 'for less than a year' isn't going to engender a bunch of confidence.
(Oy, what a boring first question. Okay then, let's get on with it…)
Here's my usual answer to this question. God willing, you'll get asked this question numerous times for years to come. I still do, 15 years on.
Clinic-goer: So, how long have you been doing this?
Me: Today? Since 9am.