Today I did something super embarrassing.
I had been doing dictations. For those of you who aren’t forced to articulate their correspondence in this archaic form, this requires you also stating your punctuation (because stuff like that isn’t obvious to the lovely folks who sit and listen and type it). That means, you actually say “comma” or “period” and things like “new paragraph.”
If you have ever done a dictation, you know they are an acquired skill. You feel so stupid at first saying these things and it takes twice the time to get all your thoughts out in a semi-organized form than it would to type. And then, you see the typed form and you realize how stupid you probably did sound.
It does get better, but I would love to do a randomized controlled trial regarding whether or not dictating is more efficient and accurate. I am sure experience is a factor. And tech savvy-ness. But, it stuck for a reason, I suppose.
Anyway, I did a few dictations and then there was a small disaster on the floor that required me to make some frantic phone calls. That is fine. Then, I realized I wanted to cancel one of the procedures I had requested an hour before based on the turn of events.
I made a call, which went to after-hours voicemail that went something like this (with my verbal punctuation bolded):
Hi, this is Trisha _____, the resident on BMT calling regarding patient X. I had spoken with someone earlier regarding getting a line replaced on John Doe tomorrow morning period. As it turns out, we do have good access comma so we will just remove the old line and get in touch again should we need something else placed in the future peri… Agh. Sorry. Thanks, bye.
So embarrassing throwing random punctuation into a voice mail, then kind of apologizing. I wish they wouldn’t laugh at me. But if they do, I hope I at least brightened their day with my stupidity.