My Oath

Aug. 6th, 2010 07:12 pm
brynndragon: (pulse taking)
When people come to me with a serious disease and ask for help, I cannot concern myself with whether they are esteemed or dishonorable, wealthy or poor, elderly or young, beautiful or ugly. My care will be safe, and not swayed by whether they are my dearest family member or my adversary, my good friend or a stranger, American or foreigner, foolish or wise. In my mind's eye each patient is on the same level, degree and class, and is treated as close as family. My care will never be self-serving or motivated by what brings good or bad fortune, or by that which is pleasing or upsetting. My protection and care will be precisely what is necessary: no more, no less, without deference to my own safety or life. I will know, in my heart, that my good deeds are sincere and not a game. I will show courage with caution. I will actively explore and broaden my knowledge while standing firmly on the principles of which I am certain.



(adapted from A Guide to Medical Workers by Sun Ssu-Miao, Tang dynasty physician, theorist, and author)

My Oath

Aug. 6th, 2010 07:12 pm
brynndragon: (pulse taking)
When people come to me with a serious disease and ask for help, I cannot concern myself with whether they are esteemed or dishonorable, wealthy or poor, elderly or young, beautiful or ugly. My care will be safe, and not swayed by whether they are my dearest family member or my adversary, my good friend or a stranger, American or foreigner, foolish or wise. In my mind's eye each patient is on the same level, degree and class, and is treated as close as family. My care will never be self-serving or motivated by what brings good or bad fortune, or by that which is pleasing or upsetting. My protection and care will be precisely what is necessary: no more, no less, without deference to my own safety or life. I will know, in my heart, that my good deeds are sincere and not a game. I will show courage with caution. I will actively explore and broaden my knowledge while standing firmly on the principles of which I am certain.



(adapted from A Guide to Medical Workers by Sun Ssu-Miao, Tang dynasty physician, theorist, and author)

It is done

Jul. 29th, 2010 01:46 pm
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
I have completed my last final exam as a NESA student. I did well, as I have done throughout my career there. Now I will rest - tonight I fly to my parent's place, to spend the week until graduation doing some navel-gazing and a lot of nothing.

Then, as one of my Japanese Style teachers who passed me in the hall today said, the real work will begin. It is going to be awesome.

It is done

Jul. 29th, 2010 01:46 pm
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
I have completed my last final exam as a NESA student. I did well, as I have done throughout my career there. Now I will rest - tonight I fly to my parent's place, to spend the week until graduation doing some navel-gazing and a lot of nothing.

Then, as one of my Japanese Style teachers who passed me in the hall today said, the real work will begin. It is going to be awesome.
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
Wisdom is knowing how to live with irreducible uncertainty.
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
Wisdom is knowing how to live with irreducible uncertainty.
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
It is entirely possible that deciding to factory-restore my netbook when I have some pretty hefty homework due the next day was not the wisest choice I could have made. OTOH, it takes several hours to reinstall World of Warcraft so that was one less possible distraction. I am certainly making good headway on it - it's taken me over an hour to write this post because my homework is so darn fascinating ;P.

Speaking of which, let me ask you a question: If you were to go into an acupuncturist's office, what would you expect to see there? (I'm curious what the answer is even if you've never been to an acupuncturist)

Actually, as long as you're here, let me ask you another question: When would you go to see a healer, and when would you go to see a doctor?
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
It is entirely possible that deciding to factory-restore my netbook when I have some pretty hefty homework due the next day was not the wisest choice I could have made. OTOH, it takes several hours to reinstall World of Warcraft so that was one less possible distraction. I am certainly making good headway on it - it's taken me over an hour to write this post because my homework is so darn fascinating ;P.

Speaking of which, let me ask you a question: If you were to go into an acupuncturist's office, what would you expect to see there? (I'm curious what the answer is even if you've never been to an acupuncturist)

Actually, as long as you're here, let me ask you another question: When would you go to see a healer, and when would you go to see a doctor?
brynndragon: (acupuncture)
The new semester has just begun and I am indeed seeing patients at the NESA Clinic. On Wednesdays I have a Chinese-style clinic running 9AM - 2PM. On Thursdays I have a Japanese-style clinic running 4PM - 9PM. On Fridays I have another Japanese-style clinic running 9AM - 2PM. This is my third semester as an intern; interns have a master acupuncturist ensuring that our treatments are at least as awesome as you'd expect them to be. If you would like to make an appointment please call the clinic at (617) 558-6372 (dial 0 to go straight to the front desk). If you've got any questions you can e-mail me at my LJ e-mail address or leave a comment. Note that clinic fees and a FAQ can be found at the clinic website linked above as well :).

ETA: Don't forget to ask for Brynn as your intern - each clinic has multiple interns and while we're an awesome bunch I do enjoy working with people I know ;).
brynndragon: (acupuncture)
The new semester has just begun and I am indeed seeing patients at the NESA Clinic. On Wednesdays I have a Chinese-style clinic running 9AM - 2PM. On Thursdays I have a Japanese-style clinic running 4PM - 9PM. On Fridays I have another Japanese-style clinic running 9AM - 2PM. This is my third semester as an intern; interns have a master acupuncturist ensuring that our treatments are at least as awesome as you'd expect them to be. If you would like to make an appointment please call the clinic at (617) 558-6372 (dial 0 to go straight to the front desk). If you've got any questions you can e-mail me at my LJ e-mail address or leave a comment. Note that clinic fees and a FAQ can be found at the clinic website linked above as well :).

ETA: Don't forget to ask for Brynn as your intern - each clinic has multiple interns and while we're an awesome bunch I do enjoy working with people I know ;).
brynndragon: (Default)
I am so not giving this class the attention it deserves. I was up until midnight cooking my final project (a tasty pumpkin soup that I'm liable to remake later in the week, since I got enough ingredients for a redo if something went wrong; or maybe I'll try for pumpkin chili with what I've got left), then I was slacking for an hour, then I wrote up an index card with talking points about why my soup is good for you (part of the project). I'm exhausted, and when I get home I need to study for an exam on Monday. At least it's understandable senioritis. . .
brynndragon: (Default)
I am so not giving this class the attention it deserves. I was up until midnight cooking my final project (a tasty pumpkin soup that I'm liable to remake later in the week, since I got enough ingredients for a redo if something went wrong; or maybe I'll try for pumpkin chili with what I've got left), then I was slacking for an hour, then I wrote up an index card with talking points about why my soup is good for you (part of the project). I'm exhausted, and when I get home I need to study for an exam on Monday. At least it's understandable senioritis. . .
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
I grabbed as much slack as I could last weekend because this weekend is another marathon session of nutrition classes followed by an exam (Divergent Channels this time). An exam that includes doing okyu, which means I'll be practicing okyu every chance I get this week (I'm OK at it, but I could definitely be better) and seeing if I can convince my companion to let me practice a whole treatment on him at least once.

What do you do when you know you've got a really busy time coming up (as vs. randomly getting slammed)? Do you just push through and recoup afterward? Plan in a few moments here and there to recharge? Store up energy/slack ahead of time to help you get through?
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
I grabbed as much slack as I could last weekend because this weekend is another marathon session of nutrition classes followed by an exam (Divergent Channels this time). An exam that includes doing okyu, which means I'll be practicing okyu every chance I get this week (I'm OK at it, but I could definitely be better) and seeing if I can convince my companion to let me practice a whole treatment on him at least once.

What do you do when you know you've got a really busy time coming up (as vs. randomly getting slammed)? Do you just push through and recoup afterward? Plan in a few moments here and there to recharge? Store up energy/slack ahead of time to help you get through?
brynndragon: (acupuncture)
The NESA clinic is now taking patients for the Summer of 2009 (starting May 11). My shifts (all Chinese-style this semester) include Wednesday from 2:00 to 7:00 PM and Thursday from 3:30 to 8:00 PM - if you want me to be the person who helps you feel better you can ask for me by name (if you don't know my full name, you should e-mail me at my LJ address). You can send me your friends, family, co-workers, etc. as well ;). If you can't make those times you'll end up with one of my lovely classmates who will do well by you, so don't sweat it.

Furthermore, I have coupons for a free visit. If you've ever wanted to try acupuncture for problems from back pain (acute or chronic) to anxiety to Gyn issues, let me know and I can give you one of them (note that it's good for any visit, not just one with me). If you're not sure whether or not acupuncture can help with a specific health problem, feel free to ask me in the comments or via email - acupuncture works better for some things than for others. (at some point I'm going to collate the various things my profs have told me re: what acupuncture is good for and not so good for into a single list and post it, but not today)
brynndragon: (acupuncture)
The NESA clinic is now taking patients for the Summer of 2009 (starting May 11). My shifts (all Chinese-style this semester) include Wednesday from 2:00 to 7:00 PM and Thursday from 3:30 to 8:00 PM - if you want me to be the person who helps you feel better you can ask for me by name (if you don't know my full name, you should e-mail me at my LJ address). You can send me your friends, family, co-workers, etc. as well ;). If you can't make those times you'll end up with one of my lovely classmates who will do well by you, so don't sweat it.

Furthermore, I have coupons for a free visit. If you've ever wanted to try acupuncture for problems from back pain (acute or chronic) to anxiety to Gyn issues, let me know and I can give you one of them (note that it's good for any visit, not just one with me). If you're not sure whether or not acupuncture can help with a specific health problem, feel free to ask me in the comments or via email - acupuncture works better for some things than for others. (at some point I'm going to collate the various things my profs have told me re: what acupuncture is good for and not so good for into a single list and post it, but not today)
brynndragon: (acupuncture)
Studying while punchy results in strange yet compelling concepts to help you remember things, such as "Beta blockers are loldrugs!"

Well, their generic names all end in -lol. Why are you looking at me like that?
brynndragon: (acupuncture)
Studying while punchy results in strange yet compelling concepts to help you remember things, such as "Beta blockers are loldrugs!"

Well, their generic names all end in -lol. Why are you looking at me like that?
brynndragon: (Default)
My school is offering cheap acupuncture to people who were recently laid off to help with the stress (!) that causes:

Regular acupuncture treatment can help many of the stresses associate with major life events. Mondays and Fridays in the clinic until June 2009, recently unemployed people can receive acupuncture treatments for only $5.00 a visit. Offer good for anyone unemployed within the last 3 months and for 12 total treatments. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458. 617-558-6372. www.nesa.edu
brynndragon: (Default)
My school is offering cheap acupuncture to people who were recently laid off to help with the stress (!) that causes:

Regular acupuncture treatment can help many of the stresses associate with major life events. Mondays and Fridays in the clinic until June 2009, recently unemployed people can receive acupuncture treatments for only $5.00 a visit. Offer good for anyone unemployed within the last 3 months and for 12 total treatments. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458. 617-558-6372. www.nesa.edu

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