Just Jot It January – 2019 – Enigmatic

Well we have a fancy word for today, “Enigmatic,” as proposed by Virgobeauty.    She’s making me think! 

I talk about my crafting a lot but my “real” job is as a medical transcriptionist.  I have been fortunate enough to be able to work from home for the last 18 years doing transcription work.  At my busiest I was transcribing for 6 doctors.  Most of them were orthopedics but I also had a dermatologist and an ear, nose and throat specialist. 

Here is a sample of one day’s pick up from one doctor.  Fortunately these were medical reports and not just office visits so I had a couple of days to work on them.  You can see the microcassette in the envelope.  That is how I was listening to the dictation.  
By definition, enigmatic is an adjective and means difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious.  Anybody who has gotten a prescription written by a doctor knows that their handwriting is just scribble and the terminology they use is enigmatic to say the least.  Fortunately, I didn’t have to do much reading of their handwriting since it was all dictated but I did have the charts in case there was something that I didn’t quite catch on the recording.  In fact, I consider myself pretty good at deciphering the handwriting of most of the doctors.  Knowing the meaning of the terms helps a lot with the spelling as well.  There have been some doctors I have transcribed for who have accents, however, and that makes their dictation a little enigmatic as well.  
The transcription business has evolved quite a bit over the last 18 years and I no longer have any doctors who use the microcassettes.  I can get all my dictation sent as files through an email and I type the reports and send them back that way as well, all password protected of course so that the confidentiality is intact.  I rather like it because it means that I don’t have to go to the office to pick up the tapes and files.  Keeps my desk much neater, plus I can work from anywhere that has internet access.    
Can you read your doctor’s handwriting or is it an enigma to you?  
Written as part of #JusJoJan as directed by Linda G. Hill.  Please be sure to stop by some of the other participants and come join us if you’d like!

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About scr4pl80

I'm a 60-ish, married, mom to 3, creative soul looking to make the world a better place one smile at a time.
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10 Responses to Just Jot It January – 2019 – Enigmatic

  1. Erika says:

    Is that a hard field to get into?

    I didn’t see a lot of writing from my doc since they do printouts of everything, but I was able to read what I did see.

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      I worked as a medical assistant and then an office manager in doctor’s offices for 26 years so the terminology came easy to me. I was lucky to have a friend who was doing home based transcription as well and she helped me get a couple of clients. Then it was kind of word of mouth. It may be harder now since the confidentiality guidelines are so strict.

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  2. John Holton says:

    I’ve never really had to read my doctor’s handwriting. They do everything by computer now, and I can read his typing. Could, really: he retired in November (at 64). Don’t know what I’m gonna do now.

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Yes, it is those computers and that retirement thing that are putting people like me out of business. My income has dropped in half over the last couple of years.

      Like

  3. joey says:

    It’s a good and important job — especially when you can do it in your jammies!

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  4. virgobeauty says:

    The handwriting and jargon is very enigmatic. Sometimes it’s best to try to make a picture out of the handwriting lol. Very interesting field that I’ve wanted to work in but wasn’t sure what the qualifications are or how to get started. Work at home is so appealing to me. It’s my goal. Great post and wishing you a productive and prosperous year

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