Good question, about how long it took me to decompress. I worked for him for 12 years and I think it took me over a year to really "decompress"...along with the decompression came all sorts of medical issues. I think when we are in a stress mode, our bodies somehow get us through it, no matter how long or how much stress, but at some point, we end up paying for it.
As far as how long it took for me to learn the medical terminology, the job I had for the past 12 years was working for a doctor, an infertility specialist and a GYN surgeon - advanced minimally invasive procedures, so I had a pretty solid background in this field, but for the first year of transcription, I was working on urology - male urology that is, so it was all new to me. I was fortunate to have had someone willing to train me - a lot of companies want certified transcriptionists, which I am not. There is a lot of software available, I got mine through Stedman's, you can purchase either CDs or books on medical terminology and of course, there is always the Internet, but information there is not always accurate, so you need to be able to trust your source.
I am not making the kind of money I did before, but I also am minus all the stress and demands, which I am so grateful for. Funny how you just don't realize how stressful your life can be until you walk away from it...I wish you well Barb,