Please be rest assured: I haven’t abandoned this blog. I’ve merely been sorting through various facets of professional and personal life.
On the personal side, I run several (very) different blogs.
On the professional side, I’ve been taking post-doctoral training from about three different sources and studying for about as many (big, expensive) exams.
The practice continues to grow, albeit at a slow pace. That’s OK. One reason for the slow growth is that we’re becoming more choosy in terms of the types of patients we’re accepting. Given some of the horror stories from our first few years in practice, that’s probably not surprising; in fact, it had to happen. It was only a matter of time before we either wised up or folded in. And I was not about to do the latter.
Our five- and six-year anniversaries of being in practice came and went, and now we’re approaching our seventh anniversary. Go us! What that means is that the first major hurdle is behind us. Apparently, nine out of every ten new businesses fail within their first five years.
That doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet, though; of the businesses that survived the first five-year chopping block, there’s a similar attrition rate during the next five years.
It’s a jungle out there. We’d been doing fairly well until around the spring of 2015, when the Affordable Care Act mandates finally hammered down on the Last Men (People) Standing without insurance, and the final round of holdouts felt their arms being twisted.
Nobody told them that there’s no actual penalty for not getting insurance and not paying the tax/fine/whatever-we’re-calling-it-this-week. Mainstream media and government-related websites sorta forgot to disperse that memo. And the public didn’t seek-and-find for itself, either.
As those insurance rates continued to climb (skyrocket is more like it), our prime population found themselves with less disposable income (duh), and when combined with the subsequent job losses over the past few years, the scene was pretty dismal for a while there. We haven’t fully recovered and resumed our previous encouraging trajectory yet. But it will come.
Anyway, I know that our life story isn’t particularly captivating, but it’s where we’re at, and I know that we’re not alone. I also plan to try and write posts on here a little more often, even if not by much. I’m trying 🙂