COLUMN NOV 2018
Life Celebrating What I’m Thankful for This Year This year has been filled with plenty of reasons for Angie and me to be thankful — where do I even begin? I’ve celebrated one year of owning SouthWindsor Neck & Back this fall, and we’ve been so lucky to have the support of our patients and employees. It’s been a period of transition with a few bumps in the road, but I’m confident about where we are. If it weren’t for the patients, we wouldn’t have this practice, and I wouldn’t be able to live out my dream. I’m so thankful that they continue to put their faith in me. In my personal life, Angie and I were afforded the opportunity to explore the magnificent country of Peru. We experienced Machu Picchu and the Amazon River, ate some incredible food, and got to know wonderful people. We took time to really delve into the country and immerse ourselves in the culture. It was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone. This past spring, I was also overjoyed to watch my only son, Dylan, graduate from high school, and now we’re navigating his major transition to college life in Los Angeles. But what I’m probably most thankful for is that Dylan is still alive today. This summer, Dylan was on vacation in Hawaii with some friends, and he mistook the shallow end of a pool for the deep end. Dylan smacked his head on the bottom of the pool and wound up needing four stitches. He was also diagnosed with a concussion. As a parent, that’s the worst phone call you can receive, especially when you’re nowhere near your child. The saving grace was that it was Dylan who was calling me; this reassured me that he was going to be okay.
Luckily, I have a chiropractor friend in California who was able to treat and help Dylan. He’s still on his way to healing, since concussions take time to heal, but thankfully this friend of mine specializes in post-concussion syndromes. Having a trusted peer utilize methods that I promote for healing on my own son is gratifying. I knew they would help Dylan, and it furthered my belief in the healing power of chiropractic care. The flight home from Hawaii was horrible for Dylan, as the pressure put his noggin in immense pain, and unfortunately, he was unable to accompany Angie and me on his graduation celebration trip to Peru. We’ll still find a way to celebrate with him, though — this time for both graduating and his life — once he is fully recovered and catches his breath from starting college life. Now that both Dylan and SouthWindsor Neck & Back are returning to stable ground after periods of transition, we can begin looking forward to the future. As for our practice, we hope we can become more involved with the community and help with charitable organizations. We’re looking forward to what 2019 will bring for us at SouthWindsor, but we’re certainly thankful for what this past year has given us. –Dr. Chris Colby
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