A Touching Transcriptionist’s Tale – Get Your Hankies Ready
I already know I have a fantastic team of transcriptionists here at CLK. I already know that each of them have a story. Here is another. When you think that working from home is a luxury, I hope this gives you just a little more insight. The only luxury is being able to be where our heart needs us most.
Why Transcription? ~by Nicole Gennrich
Let me first say I love the work that I do for CLK. Who knew you could never get bored doing your job. It’s the same physical movement but the subject is always different. I find it fascinating every day. But I can honestly say that’s not what first drew me to the possibility of transcription as a career.
I’m fairly young and spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I had a daughter who I took to daycare every day so I could go to work. I knew I hated missing so much time with her but knew, just like every other parent, that the bills had to be paid as well. I was the marketing manager at a small water treatment company; liked my job but didn’t love it and didn’t really have any training to do anything else. One day my whole view of my job, daycare, and the world changed. My daughter’s daycare was closed that day so a “friend” of mine was watching her for me. I received a frantic call from him that she was having a seizure. I told him to call 911 and left work immediately. When I got to my house the ambulance was still there so I rode to the hospital with her. We had to stop a long the way because she was no longer breathing on her own and needed to be intubated. After she was examined by the doctors they pulled me in a separate room and informed me that she had been shaken very violently and would probably not wake up again. She was 18 months old. They took her by helicopter to the best children’s hospital we have. I knew if she could be saved they would save her. Three days later in her ICU room I said goodbye to my baby and held her as they unhooked her from life support. After spending a lot of time not being able to move I decided I had to figure something out. I returned to my job but had been demoted and replaced because of my extended absence. Understandable…life goes on for the rest of the world even when it has stopped for you.
Anyway, I had spent too much time and worked to hard to go back to where I started when I first joined the company. I also realized I loved and missed being a mother and knew I needed to find something to do so I could be there if I ever had another baby – trusting someone would not be an option anymore. That’s when I heard an ad on the radio for a seminar about medical transcription. I went to the seminar and found out about going to school at home and working at home. I started my medical transcription course with At-Home Professions and loved it. It took me awhile to finish but I got it done. In December 2007 I had a baby boy and knew I could be home with him. I had a hard time finding work as a newbie to the medical transcription world. But then I found the posting for transcription with CLK. I wasn’t sure about the general transcription part but thought I’d send my resume anyway. I can honestly say I love the general transcription more than medical now. Why I choose transcription – it’s fun, fascinating, and I know my son is safe when I go to work every day.
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