Daily Prompt: Apply Yourself

Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.

When I was forced to leave my job due to health problems, I searched for jobs that I could do from home. I settled on Medical Transcription. I knew how to type, how to use most Windows software, and had a start on medical terms from my years working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

The first part of the course was fairly easy; learning medical terms, formats, and standards. The second part of the course was when I got in trouble: Transcription. The lessons started slow so that one could get the hang of it, but once transcribing from actual physicians began, I fell apart.

I could not keep up. I could not understand their words. I was totally lost. This was a first for me; not being able to accomplish something I had set for myself. It was extremely hard to admit failure, but fail I did. I quickly saw that I was not going to make money from this. I dropped out.

It stung. It still stings, but I have moved forward staying close to the wall of what I know.

postaday 2013

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  1. I got a job years ago as a receptionist in a radiological clinic with the intention of being trained up as an audio typist (medical transcription). OMG… I couldn’t understand half of what they were saying.. The first thing I got wrong was in the first sentence. I heard Computer Termography when it was Computed Tomography lol.. We can’t be good at everything.. Just as well we’re good writers hey 😉 lol.


    1. That’s the good thing about failing as a medical transcription; It opened up doors that I knew were there. I just hadn’t related to them as a work at home job. I’m thankful! 🙂


  2. I once observed the secretary at an X-ray place. She was transcribing, filling in forms, organizing the patients as they arrived and left; consulting with the technicians and answering the phone. All at once.


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