The thought came to me a few days ago as I was talking with my daughter about why I believe a gluten-free diet is best for me and probably for her, too:
"Being a Mom and being a Chiropractor are basically the same."
I laughed out loud.
Here I was explaining to her my theory of why when I eat gluten-containing food, my health starts declining. Yet I realized it may not matter that much to her. Her focus is on what tastes good and what she sees other kids being able to eat.
Kinda like when I've shared with patients in the past that I thought dietary changes would help improve their musculoskeletal conditions, yet they weren't really in a place to consider that. At least, not yet.
So this week when I saw a post from a former patient who moved to another state, talking about how going gluten-free had virtually eliminated the person's back pain, I smiled.
Then a dozen more ways being a mom and being a chiropractor are basically the same thing streamed through my mind. And I knew I had to share this with you.
Just for fun.
MOM: You do a lot for your kids, and while they do appreciate you, they sometimes forget to say it.
CHIROPRACTOR: You do a lot for your patients, and while they do appreciate you, they sometimes forget to say it.
MOM: You can tell your kids that they should exercise, eat healthy, drink lots of water, go to bed earlier, watch less television, and get more sunshine. But the truth is they are going to grow up into adults who will someday move out of your home and make their own choices.
CHIROPRACTOR: You can tell your patients that they should exercise, eat healthy, drink lots of water, go to bed earlier, watch less television, and get more sunshine. But the truth is they are adults and they make their own choices when they leave your office.
MOM: You find changing your toddler's diaper to be somewhat like wrestling a dragon, just without the fire-breathing abilities.
CHIROPRACTOR: You find adjusting high-strung patients to also be somewhat like wrestling a dragon, especially in a Gonstead side-posture kick-pull move (fire-breathing abilities dependent upon what said patient had for lunch :-) )
MOM: It's sometimes hard not to play favorites amongst your children.
CHIROPRACTOR: It's sometimes hard not to pick your favorite patients.
MOM: You become acutely aware of how much your two-year old daughter learns by watching you when you notice that she likes to play with your make-up and she already knows where the eye-shadow goes.
CHIROPRACTOR: You realize how much your practice members follow your example when you see them wearing Vibram Five-Fingers because they assumed they were good for their feet (since they saw you wearing them).
MOM: As hard as it can be, as much as you love your kids, despite all the planning that may be required, it really is good for you to have some time away.
CHIROPRACTOR: As hard as it can be, as much as you love your patients, despite all the planning that may be required, it really is good for you to have some time away.
MOM: One day my then-toddler was running through my office holding a pencil, tripped, stabbed her upper eyelid with said pencil and broke graphite off into her skin. I felt terrible. But... Accidents will happen.
CHIROPRACTOR: A patient's been coming to you for help with neck pain after falling down the steps at home. On her 8th visit, you discuss her symptoms and celebrate that she's out of pain and her neck retraction test is improving. High-five!! She leaves your office and is rear-ended by another driver. Accidents will happen.
MOM: There are days you wonder if you are doing this parenting thing right and if your kids will grow up to be awesome adults.
CHIROPRACTOR: There are days you wonder if you are delivering the care that people really need and if your clients are actually getting well.
MOM: Despite how challenging and exhausting motherhood can be, you wouldn't trade your children and you know you were born to be a mom.
CHIROPRACTOR: Despite how challenging and exhausting practice can be at times, you wouldn't trade your "job" and you know you were born to be a chiropractor.