My dad is a farmer. Growing up, I learned early on how stressful farming can be. He’d wait and wait and wait in the Spring until it was time to plant and he didn’t stop until he was done. Then he’d watch the weather and worry all summer that we’d get hail or we wouldn’t get enough rain or the opposite, we’d get too much and the crops would flood. Then it was the waiting game again until it was time to harvest. And after that, the cycle would begin all over again for the next year.
Because of all the worrying and stressing my dad did, I just assumed he was a one-man rodeo. I grew up thinking he did everything by himself, and don’t get me wrong, he did a lot on his own, but like any occupation he couldn’t operate without some help. He got his operating loan from the bank every year. He had to buy seed and machinery. He had to have a good relationship with the elevators so he could take his crops there to sell. More recently, he even had to hire custom combiners to help with harvest since he has taken on more farmland, which is another business deal too.
I liken this juvenile thinking to the way I viewed doctors as a child, too. I thought they did it all on their own, too. As a young girl, I didn’t remember the receptionist, the nurses, the lab techs, and I certainly didn’t consider all the people behind the scenes. As an adult, I now understand that just like my dad couldn’t be a farmer all by himself, doctors can’t do their jobs without a little help as well.
The roles of all of these people are all important, too. To be a doctor requires many years of school and experience, but doctors couldn’t do their jobs without nurses to help their patients. They wouldn’t have appointments scheduled if it wasn’t for the receptionists who answer the phone. And, probably the most relevant role to us, they wouldn’t be able to practice if they didn’t have people like us who bill, code, and transcribe their visits with their patients. It takes a whole team to make the wheel turn in a clinic, on a farm, really, anywhere a business is in operation.
Over the past few weeks I have been learning a lot in Course 4. The accompanying Anatomy and Physiology book has been so helpful to me, but I have to admit I have a love/hate relationship with it! I breeze through the coding portion of Course 4 and as soon as I see the little prompt to read about this system or that system I know it’s time to buckle down and get ready for a ton of new information! I appreciate it, though!
I hope your studies are all going well and if you live somewhere where it snows that you are enjoying your last few weeks of warm weather! Fall is in the air here in North Dakota!