Brain cells do not work here

I did my first practice transcription last week. Hillarious is the only word I can find to describe this. I sat down and got ergonomically correct, and opened the file I was to transcribe. It was 36 minutes long. I knew it would be a bit of a challenge to learn to control the foot pedal as needed in order to type this file.

One hour later………I had done a whole 18 minutes! I couldn’t stop laughing. Funny how your brain tells your fingers what to type, but for some reason the brain cells don’t seem to be connected to the fingers, and they just fly willy-nilly all over the keyboard.

I needed a break, and a coffee. Fifteen minutes later I was back at the keyboard, to type out the last 18 minutes.

I put it away for the weekend, and decided to wait and correct it this morning. Oy vey! I need to study better on the grammar and punctuation aspects. Many mistakes…not good. I think making a cheat sheet for my bulletin board above my desk might be in order here. Something in large print that I can quickly look up at when necessary.

Feel free to share any tips that you use, to help you remember those all important rules during transcription.

And today will be a rough day, so no transcription, only book work. I have to go for more trigger point injections in my shoulder/back. Not looking forward to that. But David is coming with me to hold my hand. What a good man I have found.

Be blessed.



LOL not if it is Medical Transcription School!!! I am brain dead….I am taking in so much information that I think my brain cells are on protest. I read one thing, and I have completely forgotten it 5 minutes later. I know it will all “click” later on as I put it to actual use, but right now the sponge feels like it is over full.

On other news…..the shoulder has had a set back. I am out of work again. For those who didn’t know, I was on light duty at the office, and doing physical therapy twice a week. Well, last Friday Dr. MP pulled me out of both. I am at the same pain level I was right after surgery, which is not a good thing 2 months after the fact. I am just finishing up a high dose prednisone treatment, which has done nothing to help (unless you count those glorious cold sores it gave me…can we say YUCK!?).

So, when I go to visit the ever personable Dr. MP next Wednesday, I will be getting a cortisone injection. Not fun. I had one of those in my wrist/thumb once. It didn’t work then, but I am hopeful. The key is to not refuse to try any treatment. For one, I have to keep all my options open (despite my ever increasing realization that this might be the best the shoulder gets). And two, I do not want to be labeled “non-compliant”. Non-compliant is when you fight what they want you to try. So, despite the pain that the physical terrorist put me through, I did whatever she asked of me. Which sort of is what got me back to this point. Dr. MP thinks she may have been trying to be too agressive, too quickly. Ahhh, lucky me.

It is rather ironic, that I work in the medical field, yet at almost 42, might have to be dealing with a permanent disability myself. I guess you don’t really know how someone feels until you are in their shoes. I am in no way giving up…I am still fighting. But I also think there has to be some level of acceptance. I cannot lift most things with my right arm, either due to pain, or the fact that I will drop it. We are not talking heavy items either. I could pick up a teaspoon, and have it on the floor in 3 seconds flat.

And the shaking…oh man, what a new experience that is. Shaking at random times, as if I had Parkinson’s. I thought most of the time it was due to overworking the arm. And many times it is….right after the exercises, or trying to do too much. But it is also coming at random moments, without notice. I could be sitting perfectly still, doing absolutely nothing with the arm, and it will begin to shake.

But I take heart to know that in the grand scheme of things, it is minor. I can adapt. Many people have worse situations than I do. I have been blessed to have the life I do, messed up arm and all. And thank you to all my online MT friends, and others, who support me and keep me going on a daily basis. You are invaluable to my spirit!

For those of you who might know someone who has a disability, or if you yourself do, here is an option that might be of interest to you. I found this through my school’s forums, and think it is a worthy investment, I am going to buy it when I have a few dollars to spare. Even if you are not disabled…what would you do as an MT if you broke a hand? This would allow you to still work.

Be blessed! I am!!!
(many prayers to Miss Smurf, we love you gf!!!)

Awesome file converter

So I am in the process of trying to set up OneNote to use in my medical transcription course. Most of the downloads from the school website are in pdf format, which is fabulous, except that they cannot be directly imported into OneNote.

I really do not want to spend more money to buy another software to do this job for me. I have spent enough this week on an external hard drive, as well as my MS Office Home and Student Edition. So I did what any self respecting net geek would do, and searched Google for a free file converter.

This is what I came up with, and I will sing its praises: Zamzar. From their website you upload your file to be converted. Choose which format you want it converted to, and tell it to convert. Within just a few minutes you receive an email telling you where to go to download the new conversion. It worked like a dream!! The file I converted was 72 pages, and it looks fabulous. Now it resides in my OneNote, where I can search it to my hearts content while studying.

Be blessed!