I'm breaking from Arterial Blood Gas Study, Basic Metabolic Panel, and Beta human chorionic gonadotropin to share a few things with you all today. I know. How could I find the will-power to break away from things like this:
ABGs are performed in order to test oxygen function in the lungs and how well carbon dioxide is expelled from the bloodstream. Blood is drawn from an artery and values include: pH (test for acid/alkaline base), PaO2 (oxygenation pressure measurement), PaCO2 (carbon dioxide dissolution assessment), HCO3 (bicarbonate), and SaO2 (oxygen saturation levels).
And how can the anticipation of this one farther down the page not keep my eyes glued to my monitor:
Leukocytes (white blood cells), hemoglobin, hematocrit, platelets, red blood cells (rbc’s), MCV (mean corpuscular volume) and MCH (mean corpuscular hemoglobin), MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (most often dictated as “sed rate”).
Don't let the fact that all of this is passing my eyes and touching my brain impress you. For now I just have to be familiar with all this gobbledygook and know where to look for it in reference material if I don't remember how to spell it. They tell me once I start actual transcription practice it will all begin to make more sense. Right now, I can pick out words I've learned but when someone dictates a bunch of them all together in a sentence, my brain gets behind searching for each meaning and making them work together. I'm still feeling pretty confident. I mean, I used to hang on ever word Doug Ross and Dr. Green spoke every single week. That surely qualifies me to be a medical transcription editor. Then again, I've never stayed in a Holiday Inn. Maybe I'm overly-confident here. And I think with that, it's obvious, even to me, that it's time to move along.
I have a new article up on the Fiskars website showing the process of going from this
to this with a time investment of about 20 hours. So you can be just like me and work on it 1 hour a month, finishing it in just under 2 years. Or you can be just like me and in 20 hours of a 24 hour time frame, have it finished just in time to climb under it and collapse from sleep-deprivation. I am a Gemini.
My basic tutorial on how to make a rag quilt can be found on the Fiskars website.