Welcome to day 4 of the 7 Days Mini Blog Challenge hosted by Joi from Rx Fitness Lady. If you’re just joining, please check out Day 1 Confession, Day 2 Controversy, Day 3 Humorous. I’ve actually really enjoyed reading other post and the comments on my post. I love how everyone is creeped out by the picture in Day 1 post. I can’t wait to respond to each and every one of you. This week has been crazy, but I’ll get it done
Today’s writing prompt is Throwback Thursday “Ten Years” or A Day in the Life.
I’ve decided to combine the two. Recently, I posted a throwback picture of me and my husband (friend at the time) graduating from Chiropractic School on my business Facebook page. It made me think about how chaotic things were when I opened my first practice in Miami, FL many moons ago.
So today, not only do you get a throwback, you get a day in the life – throwback.
6:00AM: Wake up (have devotion, go to the gym, head to the office)
Get to the office, perform opening procedures because I don’t have an assistant and I have to get the office ready.
8:00: First patient arrives (happens to be a new patient), sees me sitting at the front desk
I welcome the patient and provide paperwork. While they’re filling out the intake form, I answer a few phone calls, enter info into computer and attempt to verify insurance from the day before.
Patient hands me the completed paperwork, I walk patient back to exam room, put on my lab coat and officially greets the patient ( as if she didn’t just see me sitting at the front desk). **Crickets**
Patient: Oh, so you’re the doctor too? Me: (shame) Yes Ma’am, I’m in the process of hiring an assistant so if you know someone… Patient: I need a job.
Me: (thinking, Lord help!) Well, I have a few prospects, so if it doesn’t work out I’ll let you know…
I perform history, exam… while doing the exam, I excuse myself to attend to an unscheduled “walk-in” patient. (I know when the door opens from the door chime I had installed). Ask patient to have a seat, I’ll be with them shortly.
Goes back, completes exam, x-ray, therapy and give recommendations. Walks patient to the front, collects money. Patient: You’re wearing Auulll the hats huh? Me: (reschedules patient) Have a good one.
Welcomes “walk-in” and other returning patients (by now there are about 4 patients in the office), I go from room to room providing treatment, answering questions, answering the phone, collecting money, scheduling follow-up visits.
12:00PM FINALLY! The office closes for lunch: I complete progress notes, start initial reports, verify insurances, submit insurance charges (billing), return important phone calls, develop x-rays, do x-ray analysis and diagnosis.
1:30 leave to get a quick bite, pass out some business cards and brochures (depending on the day, I’d conduct a few interviews for an assistant or attend a chamber of commerce event, meet with local churches, attorney’s office or lunch meeting trying to make connections)
3:00 Evening shift begins. A repeat of the morning shift. Continue seeing patients and juggling it all.
6:00 Sees the last patient, make reminder phone calls (finish up notes, empty trash, clean office including bathroom)
7:30PM: heads home to eat (or to church if it’s Wednesday Night, or choir rehearsal if it’s Friday Night)
Surprisingly, the one man show didn’t seem to deter patients from coming back and referring their friends and family. Of course it didn’t hurt that my church was right across the street and many of the members supported my business.
Looking back makes me so grateful for where I am today. Although we’ve since relocated and essentially started over; it’s such a blessing to be able to share the responsibilities with my husband and our 4 staff members.
- Did you ever have a one man show?
- How many “hats” are you wearing?