Someone needs to talk me off my ledge this morning...working on the E Codes/Poisoning Injury, Chapter 19, Module 1...I've been on this chapter for one week and it still does click..tell me I'm not the only one! I am sure I will have plenty of practice later on, but do you get to the point you remember all this stuff during the future modules? I do not dare take the test yet...but then again my time is running out on my Module and do not want to have to ask for an extension. Advice is highly sought after right now! Thanks!
E Codes Chapter 19
I'm pretty sure you aren't the first one we've had to talk down from the ledge. ;)
I know you've heard this before, but, if it were easy, anyone could do it. This is not easy. You can do it though.
This is where tenacity comes in. Students of lesser programs don't cover this material, so they don't have to get stressed. On the other hand, they don't know that material and how to deal with it when they graduate. OUR students stay in there, refusing to give up. I can't explain it and nobody ever knows exactly when or how it 'clicks', but it does.
If you have questions, send them to your instructor. Start the message with ARRRGH! if you want to. She will understand.
I feel for you. It does get easier with practice, and you will get through it. Let your instructor know you are having difficulty. I remember having to do the E codes with a "fresh, clear mind." I had to be in a place with no distractions where I could really concentrate. But, like I said, it does get easier.
LOL, I am in Module III and would give my firstborn to go back to E and V codes! Seriously, it does start to make sense the more you see and use them. I wouldn't recommend trying other books because they will confuse you, and our textbooks in Module 1 were excellent...I would suggest rereading the relevant chapters in your textbook several times and you'll be surprised at how much it starts to click.
I'm having some trouble as well and I'm just getting started , in Section 5 and 6. Some of the codes are just hard to understand. If you or anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
I haven't worked with them since I took my test for this particular chapter. So, I still have to wait to find them in my future modules. My advice is...to read the sections. I am finding out that is a huge key to all of this...to be familiar where things are and what categories they fall under. I did not know there was a code for dealing with farm animals! That one really stumped me! Trying to find things in the index is not as easy as I thought it would be! You can do this...it's just a lot of reading....read a little and walk away for a few minutes. I have also found for me...it helps to read things out loud to myself. I have to get creative to remember things. You have to find things that help you in how you learn. I don't know if that helped you much...but I can say this, I understand what you are going through....and you can do this, just don't give up!!
The best way to learn about E codes is to read thru the E code section for each question in the exam. This will help you learn how the section is organized and will make it easier in later modules to find what you need.
Anytime you have a specific question just send me an email and I'll be happy to walk you thru the coding process.
I just found a very handy little section in my ICD 9 Manual to help with E codes....Appendix E! I think it will help many of us who are struggling with those pesky little codes....at least it will help you find them or rule out some with a little bit of ease! Yay!
This is why we want you to be very familiar with what is in your code books and where it's located. :)