Monday, February 18, 2008
All in a day's work.
This is my laptop screen. Lots of icons, I know. Today I provided closed captioning services for a deaf patient at Mayo Clinic, a Mong girl in her twenties. I went to her appointment with her and took down in realtime what the nurses and doctor said so that she could read it on my screen. Her parents were present as well; and they didn't speak English, so there was a telephone interpreter for them. It was quite a confusing room for a while until we all got into a groove! It was kind of awkward and stressful, all of us in a tiny room, the doctor poking and prodding the patient on the exam table, me squished in between her mom, dad, and sister so that I could be near her with my equipment. I love it. I get such a thrill from being someone's ears for them, writing words like neurofibromatosis and watching them translate into English in a split second on my screen. I will be accompanying this particular client to her appointments all week and am already looking forward to seeing her again tomorrow morning, helping her to engage in a conversation that, without modern technology, she wouldn't otherwise be able to have.