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Friday, January 4, 2019

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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