April 30, 2006
Acupuncture Down Under
I know it's been quiet around here but I promise I have good excuse. For the past month I've been on my honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand. I wish I could say I spent my time getting a sense for what Aussies view of our wonderful medical practice is like but honestly I was just having a good time.
Some interesting things I've learned:
1. Telling someone you are an Acupuncturist from ANY country will garner confused and bewildered looks and a general dumbfoundedness on the person you're talking to.
2. Even the National Health Service in Australia doesn't require Acu coverage and usually limits people to 6-10 visits per year.
3. You REALLY CAN take off a month from your private practice. The key is having a seamless transition on both sides. Have another Acupuncturist, maybe a fresh graduate, literally take over from the day you leave to the day you return and just BE YOU. You'll probably even make a little money enough to cover rent!
4. Take your needles with you...always! People will ask. My funniest was a customs agent who saw the needles and seriously wanted to take me into the back interrogation room. Not to discuss my terrorist tendencies, mind you, but because his back had been killing him.
Anyway, I'm back, and posting will resume immediately.