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A Sadness Of My Profession

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Posted 08-05-2010 at 12:28 PM by caninemom3

I have been a medical transcriptionist for the last 16, nearly 17 years. This means that I listen to doctors dictate about patients and whatever may be ailing them. I type many of the medical specialities that are in existence. One of the specialties I type has to do with drug and alcohol addiction. Every now and again a patient's story gets to me. It should not, I know, as I do not know any of these folks but sometimes I get overwhelmingly empathetic. Today I typed a lady who was just 42 and a heroin addict. She also was a mother. She readily admitted to the doc that she was an addict and not ready to quit. I know some folks will feel that she makes and has made her own choices. I feel that way too to an extent but I still felt incredibly sad for her and her family. I have typed many reports like this over the course of time I have been employed in transcription. Why her ?? What was it about her story that bothers me so much ? I don't know. All I could do at one point was stop typing and touch her name on my screen and say prayers for her to Christ. I will never know what happens to her and perhaps that is good but I feel for people who get into things that they do not know how to get out of and are lost. I also feel a great deal of sympathy and empathy for patients who have cancer and also for their loved ones as I can personally relate to that situation and as I also type oncology. Sometimes all I can do once again is touch the person's name and pray and cry. I always tell people I am misanthropic. On the surface, I am. But inside where it counts I am not. I feel for all the people who are battling circumstances/diseases/addictions that they need help with. But isn't that part of being a Christian ?? or even being just human, that we care for our brothers and sisters even if we do not know them when they are down and almost out ?? I just wish I could make everyone better but I leave them in the hands of my savior, my Jesus and I cannot think of any better place to be commended to.
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    ChristmasHeart's Avatar
    Thank God that you are there to pray for them, CM! I think that is part of why you have been called to do what you do...pray for the sick. You have such a good heart!!!
    Posted 08-05-2010 at 05:40 PM by ChristmasHeart ChristmasHeart is offline
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    snowytree's Avatar
    I think it is a wonderful thing that you can feel such compassion
    Posted 08-05-2010 at 06:01 PM by snowytree snowytree is offline
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    Jeniferdwn's Avatar
    I am also a trained medical transcriptionist although that is not my current job. I did work in a doctors office for about 6 months and part of the group of doctors were oncologists. Seeing those young people and children in and out of that office everyday broke my heart. I couldnt stay there any longer. Although I didn't know them either, just seeing them touched my heart. I prayed for many that I didn't know as well.
    Posted 08-06-2010 at 12:06 PM by Jeniferdwn Jeniferdwn is offline
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    One Spoiled Brat's Avatar
    Nothing we do can ever compare to praying for other people....I always try and remember that even though God hates the sin He loves the sinner so much....Keep praying, and I will join you....Grace and Mercy, my two favorite words....God be with you....
    Posted 08-11-2010 at 02:42 PM by One Spoiled Brat One Spoiled Brat is offline
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    Christmas-A-Holic's Avatar
    It makes me sad to when I hear of these situations. I always wonder how they got in this place and try not to judge them but pray they get better.
    Posted 08-12-2010 at 09:55 AM by Christmas-A-Holic Christmas-A-Holic is online now
 

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