Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MEDICAL ALPHABET

 

About right.

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  1. Looks just like the last prescription I received.

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    1. Guess who sent me the link to the chart, whiteycat. I neglected to give him credit. I hope he's not offended. :-)

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    2. My first guess (2nd and 3rd also) would be Paul (A.).

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    3. Irony, my dear Paul (A.), irony.

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  2. After so many years of taking notes in classrooms, my handwriting deteriorated to the point I can barely print on a chalkboard anymore.

    Not that it had far to fall....

    So physicians have always had my sympathies on this one. Although I knew a guy whose signature looked exactly like this chart. It could have been drawn up from his name....

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    1. Rmj, I relate. I once had decent handwriting, due to years of practicing penmanship in elementary school, but note-taking in college ruined my handwriting forever. Now I write less and less and use a pen or pencil only for brief notations or to make lists. If I must write a hand-written thank you note or letter of condolence, I ruin two or three pieces of stationery before I achieve even a passable result.

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  3. It used to take me days to decipher letters (those were the days when we wrote letters) from my husband and he was not even in medical school yet. Guess he was practicing!!

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    1. Grandpère too. And he never went to medical school after all that practice.

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  4. Heh, good 'un!

    ...but I think of all my prescriptions as digital, now. One hopes that takes care of the problem. Except typos! :-0

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    1. Occasionally, I still get handed a prescription to take to the pharmacy, but most are sent through the intertubes. I've noted that some doctors are making chart notes on computers now instead of writing.

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  5. As a pharmacy technician who has to decipher this, it's only too true! I need a bigger copy to hang on the wall at work! The only doctor around here with beautiful writing was a graphic design artist first. And we once joked about sending an English/Dr. M_____ translation dictionary to pharmacies in Alaska when we heard our doctor with the worst writing was moving there. This is just level 101 though. Now you have to be able to understand it in other languages. As the doctor shortage gets worse, the number of foreign doctors gets bigger and sometimes they actually sign in their native languages! For the moment at least I only have one Arabic, one Chinese, and one Russian signature to remember....Thanks for the laugh.

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    1. Oh poor Chris. I guess your eye gets trained after a while, but still, it can't be easy.

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