2) I just really missed the ability to work at home and be with my dogs, and especially the mental stimulation and challenge of doing medical transcription. It is something I have done since 1986 when I started out working on an electric typewriter in a hospital to today working at home on my computer. I love that in this profession there is something new to learn every day, new terminology, new medications, technology, its very rewarding. I also enjoy the challenge of learning to decipher all the many foreign accents that are involved in the medical profession nowadays. Yes it can be frustrating, but at the same time it keeps you on your toes. While the pay for doing transcription used to be pretty darn good, with the advent of voice recognition (VR) software, it has somewhat put a dent in the old paycheck. However, it still beats care-giving wages by an average of several dollars an hour more. Now the job is not so much typing reports as it is editing reports that come through already typed, thanks to VR. That can make the job easier, but you'd be amazed how many corrections are still required to be made by us "humans." VR does come up with some really comical stuff sometimes though. For example, a doctor dictated the following: "I recommend a high-calorie diet." but VR put in "I recommend a high cowboy diet." Hmmm....sounds good to me, I love cowboys! So actually, we are not called transcriptionists any more, but the new job title is "Medical Language Specialist." I kind of like that, it sounds smarter somehow.
Anyway, I do my transcription in the evenings because it pays better to work at night and I'm a night owl anyway, so why not? During the day I keep busy working on my crafts. Crocheting is still my favorite thing to do, but because I'm starting to have a touch of arthritis as well as carpal tunnel syndrome from all those years of transcribing, I have found that fat-handled crochet hooks are the way to go. They make it much comfortable to keep on enjoying crochet. So I have combined that with my love of working with polymer clay (my second favorite craft) and started making these fat-handled, one of a kind crochet hooks. They are now available in my new Artfire shop called Happy Hooking.
That's all for now. I'm going to try my best to start making this a weekly blog and I'm saving some of my best VR bloopers just for ya'll. See you soon.