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Random Thoughts – Dragonisms, “They,” and Lemonbreasts

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is both good and bad for medical charting. On one hand it gives you real-time chart entries without having to spend an inordinate amount of typing. On the other hand, it is an imperfect science, leading to voice recognition errors I’ve dubbed “#Dragonisms”. A couple of the latest are as follows

  • A guy was beaten up at a bar. He has injury to both feet when the assailant stomped on both of his feet. I dictate “no injury to patient’s knees.” Dragon spits out “no injury to patient’s niece.” True (at least I think). Wouldn’t it be ironic if the patient’s niece was involved in the bar fight.
  • I dictate that a patient with abdominal pain has a history of “ovarian cysts.” Dragon somehow comes up with the patient having a history of “a brain systole.” Maybe a new way of describing seizures?

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We’re getting lots of referrals for emergency department evaluations from “They” lately. It used to be the evil “Sumdood” – as in “Sumdood just whacked me on the side of the head with a shovel” … which then led to a bunch of additional questions about why someone not singing “Hi Ho, Hi Ho” would be walking down a city street carrying a shovel over his shoulder to begin with, but that’s beside the point. Now it’s more of a vague group of people who are prompting emergency department visits all over the country. “They” said I look dehydrated. “They” said I have an abscess. “They” said this vomiting may be my appendix. Who are these mysterious medical advice savants? Who knows? When asked who “They” are, the patients respond with statements like “people” (meaning that they must be doing random polling on the streets alongside of the people asking whether Trump sucks), “my doctor’s office” (technically personifying a building, and, in addition when the people inside the building are called, they often disavow making any such statements to the patient), and then there’s “my Auntie” (which brings forth vivid pictures of a little old lady knitting a scarf while rocking in a rocking chair, hawking spittle into a spittoon and saying “your second cousin nearly died of appendicitis and all he had was vomiting – you should get that checked”).

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Came across a neat web site for women. Shows many different presentations of breast cancer by comparing boobs to lemons. Check it out. https://www.worldwidebreastcancer.org/

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Oh. I’m going through my Medical Blog Links. Wow have a lot of blogs bit the dust in the past couple of years. If there are any medical blogs that you read which should be on the list, drop me an e-mail or leave them in the comment section. I’ll try to add them soon. Thanks!

One comment

  1. Medical transcriptionists have made their share of mistakes. My father once dictated “left ovarian cyst” and the transcription came back as “leftover incest.”
    Dragon needs a medical version.

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