Thursday, January 17, 2008

One of the Reasons I Like Blogging

It might seem like I'm taking the long way around when it comes to the title of this post but stick with me here ...

If there's one thing that I've noticed while working in the Emergency Medical field, there are a lot of words that I just can't seem to wrap my lips around and pronounce correctly. Words like hematuria (blood in the urine); epistaxis (nosebleed); hematopoietic (blood cell production); acetabulum (the cup-shaped socket of the hip joint); and radiculopathy (any disease of the spinal nerve roots) just to name a few.

It's not bad enough that I have to try to pronounce some of those words but I have to use them in conjunction with a mouthful of radio codes that are supposedly designed for radio brevity. To the uninitiated, the code that we in dispatch speak is probably just as confusing as a foreign language and when you throw in complicated medical terms, it gets even more confusing.

For example, a common dispatch for me to put out over the radio would be similar to the following:
"You're responding 23 Code 1 to 123 Main Street in the Greenville section for a 55-year old female with dyspnea secondary to severe epistaxis times two hours."
Translated - you're responding to 123 Main Street on the east side of the city for a 55-year old female who called 911 as she's having trouble breathing because of a 2-hour nosebleed.

I say things like that all day long so is it any wonder that by the end of the day when I get home, I don't have any great desire to sit and talk to anyone? Maybe that's why blogging is such a nice outlet for me - I don't have to try to actually say anything - at least not out loud! And that's one of the reasons I like blogging! See, I told you I'd get there eventually!


  1. But at least you have your own workplace lingo!

  2. Thank goodness you don't use that terminology in your posts. I'd be spending all my time with an online medical dictionary trying to figure out what the heck you were saying.

  3. Like Joan I am happy you don't use those terms whilst blogging!

    I like blogging because most times I'd rather write than talk.

  4. Lucky for us you don't use that jargon when writing your posts! :)

  5. Anonymous4:54 PM EST

    Linda: I was an EMT for a number of years, so I'm familiar with a lot of the jargon that you're referring to. The dispatch jargon I can kind of understand, but why is it necessary to use all of the medical terminology. It makes more sense to speak in plain English so that there's less chance for miscommunication.

  6. Anonymous10:16 PM EST

    OK, this opened my eyes somewhat to why I like blogging, too. I love my alone time (three kids, etc.), but I also want to express myself....therefore, I blog.
    Hey, it's good to just know why.
    Linda, I'm GLAD that you blog.


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