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Every dog has its day. You won't believe this sm - Posted By: My dog's day was today!


Two weeks ago, we got a new puppy.  It's a Sheltie and the kids have just been loving it to death.  Today, the kids were in our fenced back yard, playing with the puppy when the little neighbor girl climbed the fence and joined in the play. 

My home office window faces the back yard so I can watch the kids out there and make sure they stay out of trouble. 

Pretty soon, I heard my daughter telling the girl next door not to be so rough on the puppy when she plays.  The pup was barking and growling, playing tug-o-war with an old sock we gave it. The girl was jerking the sock up in the air and then swinging it downward again so the pup hit the ground. 

I jumped out and ran outside, checked the pup, and told her if she couldn't play nice with the puppy she would have to leave.   She said sorry and went about playing again. Nicely this time.

I went back in the house and went back to work, watching the kids through the now opened window so I could hear everything more clearly.  I ran out of work temporarily so I picked up my digital camera and put it on movie mode so I could video the kids playing with the puppy.  Not 2 minutes later, the puppy was barking and growling again and my daughter once again telling the girl to stop messing so rough with the puppy.  I put the camera down and went out again.  The puppy was fine but I told the girl she had to go home now and she is not welcome over again until she can learn to play nice with the puppy.

She went home crying.  I went back into the house and went to put my camera away.  It was still on.  I didn't know what I had filmed so I went back and watched it again.  When I put the camera down on the window sill to go back out and check the pup, she had jerked the puppy up by the play sock and slammed it down again while I was making my way outside.  Then the pup apparently snapped at her foot from what I could see in the video.  She wasn't crying or anything, but she reached down to grab her foot and said OW, then hopped up and chased after the pup again like nothing was wrong.

About 45 minutes after I sent her home crying, a police car pulls up in front of my house with Animal Control right behind.  The girl's dad had called them to report that his daughter had been bitten by our dog.  Unbelievable!

While I am standing in the front yard talking to the police officer and the animal control officer, my two kids are standing behind me near the fence with the puppy and the girl next door is standing on her side of the fence.  All three of us adults could hear her tell my kids, "Their gonna take that stupid dog and kill it now."

The police officer goes over and tells her that she needs to go into her house and mind her own business, that he would come and talk to her parents in a few minutes.  She doesn't go in the house but instead, goes to sit on her front steps.  Her dad is peaking out through their dining room curtains.  What a guy.

Then I remembered my camera!   I told the officers that I had what happened on video if they would like to see it.  We all went into my office and I showed them the video but it wasn't very clear on the camera so I loaded it onto my computer and played it.   The officers watched the video and then told me to wait there.  They went next door for a few minutes and talked to the girl and her parents. 

When they came back over, the animal control officer asked for my vet paperwork on the puppy, which I gave to her and all was in order.  I asked if the girl was hurt seriously and she said they couldn't even see where there was a scratch on her foot, even though it did look like the pup snapped at her on the video. 

The police officer then comes in and asks if I would like to press charges for animal cruelty on the little girl!   The girl is 10.   They moved here about 6 months ago and she has been here infrequently but always behaved before today so I chose not to press charges.  I only asked that they please remind the girl and her family that our yard is off limits. 

Things turned out okay but.... I am really glad that I didn't turn my camera off before I went outside the second time, even though I thought I had. 










How do I print what I have saved in PC Shorthand? - Posted By: MT mom of 3


Need info on the following TASPs (sm) - Posted By: Going digital

I am looking into transitioning to digital for my clients and am in need of some feedback on the TASPs that I am looking into.  Any experience good or bad, please reply.  Also, are they reliable and cost effective.  thanks for your help.

TASPs I'm considering are:

My Docs Online, Emdat, iDigital or GearFTP, MetroScript, Spantel.

If you know of others that are good to work with please share your experience. 

pay - Posted By: carrie

I was wondering, what is the average pay for a proofreader.  Or can some people give me an idea of what they are making. I think I am way under paid.

Does PC Shorthand work in Radnet?../nm - Posted By: Helpin' a friend


How come my images keep only stay for a minute and then disappear? - Posted By: hmmm


Can someone tell me how to set Word so that header stays in view on the report? nm - Posted By: Kris


MS Word search function - Posted By: Barb

Does anyone use this feature? I have just discovered it, but find that it works intermittently, i.e., finds a report for some names, not for others. Any ideas?

Thank you.... bw

Is there a black list for MT's? I feel like giving up. - Posted By: teelcee

I have been actively looking for work for the past seven months and had nothing but no luck at all in getting a job. A majority of my experience was with the last company that I worked for (3 years with 99% QA) and we had a disagreement about time off and low and behold they fired me for poor work performance. This didn't go unchallenged but I feel that they are a big reason why I cannot find work. I am just ready to scream. There has to be a way to get past this (like get a job) but how? One transcription company with only one supervisor should not have the say over my future as a transcriptionist! I am so frustrated. Thanks for letting me vent and I would appreciate any ideas out there to help me through this. I am not a bad MT! :flame:

New to IC - Posted By: MuddledMT

I just took a part time job as an IC for a company. I am looking for some info about taxes. If the company is in a different state (state tax)? Percentage you should put aside for taxes? What can you claim/and do you have to copy every single household bill to bring to the accountant? And can you just bring the 1099 or do you have to bring the invoices/checks? If someone can enlighten me I'd sure appreciate it. I am very disorganized so a little nervous. 

I wasn't planning on going to the accountant until tax time and was hoping I could get some info in the meantime since you guys are so great and very informative.

Expanders - Posted By: wondering

Looking to get an Expander and curious which expander most use.  TIA

Doctors documenting hours worked - Posted By: eyetype

Does anyone else find it unseemly that some of these doctors are now stating at the end of the report how much time they spent examining the patient, talking to the staff, other doctors, the family members, reviewing chart data, attempting a lumbar puncture, etc., from 9 to 12 and again 1 to 2, for a total of 3 hours?

For some reason, this seems very unprofessional to me.  Am I just being cranky?


Mobile transcription - Posted By: traveler

I'm a fairly new MT, and my husband and I are going to start living in our RV and traveling around the country moving about every 3 months. Is there anyone out there doing something similar? I'd love to hear from you.

The VLC - Posted By: Curious

Does anyone know anything about the VLC's transcription program?

No Blank Accounts sm - Posted By: Quaker MT

I heard about this but it sounds kinda strange.  Anyone ever run into this kind of account?  How do you not leave blanks if you don't know what they are saying?

What actions can I/should I take when contractor will not pay? - Posted By: Trying to be nice!!

I did some IC'ing for a company, and they have not sent my $ yet for the last 2 invoices.  They say they are going to send it around the end of the week, but just in case, I want to know what steps I should take because I WILL get my $ one way or the other.  They are located in Houston, Texas.  Does anyone know about the court system there and what are your opinions on what the next step should be for me before I sue them--which I do plan on doing if I do not receive my $ by early next week.  I do not want to waste a lot of time waiting.  Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. 

Does anyone here type other types of transcription? - Posted By: Just wondering

If so what type of transcription is it and how did you go about getting that type of work?

Need to vent!!! - Posted By: Is it really Friday????

I double checked my calendar and it still says it's Friday.  Thank goodness.  I am doing hospital discharges today.  Currently, I am listening to an ESL.  I have listened to this particular ESL three times already today.  One would think that by now I would be able to understand him....BUT ....when he mumbles, stumbles over his words, moves the phone from his mouth, does not enunciate clearly, and then just for fun asks me to go all around his dictation to add things he forgot.....I AM GOING TO SCREAM!!!   

OK...I'm done venting.  Thanks for listening.  Back to typing for "Mr. Wonderful."  (I can't for this day to be over!!!!)

Anybody make less than $12,000/year, part time - sm - Posted By: Typing Away

I know at just part time (minimum 25 hrs a week) I won't be pulling in a ton of $, but I thought it would be a little more than that.  Am I alone?

transortho out of Washington State - Posted By: Seasoned MT

Does anyone know about this company transortho.com out of Washington State?  Input would be appreciated

how many of you work - Posted By: more than one job? nm

Anyone work for Eight Crossings? - Posted By: MT Looking

I was looking for a job and was wondering about Eight Crossings in Sacramento.  Can anyone give me any insight into this company?  Thanks.

Help - Posted By: ng

If required to have unlimited long distance to transcribe, what company is okay with this?

are there any websites that have live chat for MTs? that actually have people in them? - Posted By: bd


Any MQ MTs who worked on INET? - Posted By: MTinVA

This question is for MQ MTs who previously worked on INET (which would be Baltimore office only, as far as I know) - does DQS increase your production after the initial learning curve compared to INET production??

Also, anyone able to work successfully on DQS with dial-up? I don't have DSL OR satellite available where I live... So far, not so good, so I'm straggling along on INET until the issue gets resolved somehow.

Appreciate any input, espl from those who have experience with INET.

Using both headphones/speakers - Posted By: frances

On the same subject sort of, I have my headphones plugged into speakers so that I can unplug them and listen through speakers.  How can I do both, i.e. have internet radio in the background while I transcribe with headphones on?  Thanks

Rate per audio minute? - Posted By: Lisa

Ok, I've had to do flashdrives with patients on them that have already been typed, lose my nice account to India, re-visit E&O insurance, and now I have someone offering me a job that pays 0.67 cents per audio minute.  I'm old, still do tapes, and could any of you new folks tell me, is this the trend these days?  Thank you kindly.

To Working Your Schedule - Posted By: diddles

I'm not trying to flame you but just ask a question.  How is it you know for sure this "greedy" MT is "him"?  What I mean is, how do you know specifically who THE person is?  Does your system allow you to see who is on at the same time you do?  If not, has that information been given to you by someone in the company?

Again, I'm not flaming.  I'm just wondering how you know to place blame on a particular person and have knowledge that someone is getting your lines rather than it just being a lull in the work flow.


Need advice on 2 jobs... - Posted By: mt

I am in the process of starting with trans south. However, it has been about a month since I was "hired" and have not begun training yet. I am going on an interview for a job locally where I would get to bring the tapes home. I think I would like to take the local job (that's of course if I even get offered this one) since I got screwed on my last MT job through klaar. I just feel bad because where I am suppose to be starting with has to do a background check that they said cost $250.00.   Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Loved pet... - Posted By: So Sad

I had to put down my Andi (poodle mix dog) today.  Last night I came home from church and found her on the door step apparently hurt.  Brought her to the vet who kept her over night.  I went in this morning but she had multiple fractures and had to be put to sleep.  I don't think I will get another pet.  It's too hard when you lose them.

Fusion RIS - Posted By: Rad MT

This is the only name I can find to identify the system used by the clinics I'm working for, and apparently it includes the whole PACS system. I have a VERY limited word processing program. Is this a proprietary program for Fusion RIS, or is there another way to identify the word processing platform?

Fairly new to working at home...love being at home but don't like those limited word processing programs.

SVG graft and sounds like lama graft - Posted By: Help with Heart

I found a lamellar graft but truely sounds like lama??? anyone know

What was the Microsoft keyboard someone was talking about the other day - Posted By: tried to find old post -


maybe...(beautiful thoughts) SM - Posted By: RJ

Maybe... we are supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.

Maybe... when the door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the new one which opened for us.

Maybe... It is true that we don't know what we have until we lose it, but it is also true that we don't know what we have been missing until it arrives.

Maybe... The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything they have.

Maybe... You should dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you dream of and want to do.

Maybe... There are moments in life when you miss someone a parent, a spouse, a friend, a child so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.

Maybe... The best kind of friend is one you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word...but when they walk away you feel as if it was the best conversation you've ever had.
< br> Maybe... You should always try to put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that something could hurt you, it probably will hurt the other person, too.

Maybe... You should do something nice for someone every single day, even if it is simply to leave them alone.

Maybe Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they will love you back. Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart; but, if it doesn't, be content that it grew in yours.

Maybe.. You shouldn't go for looks; they can deceive; Don't go for wealth; even that fades. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.

Discouraged and disgusted - Posted By: stargazer

I have a training course, a 3-month internship, and 4 months employment into this line of work and I here I am only making 2-5 cpl.  I apply for jobs, but they won't even let me test.  Why is this profession so hard to break in to? It seems so incredibly impersonal and these human resource people seem so curt and rude, like you're not a real person.  Today I feel like I've made a huge and costly mistake getting into this business. Anyone out there considering it should think twice!

Can someone help with Windows 98 time/clock? I'm losing about an hour a day (sm) - Posted By: Thanks!

I have Windows 98 and the same computer since 1999.  I have never a problem until this week.  The clock setting is losing about an hour a day.  I reset it every morning, but around afternoon, it's about a half hour off, but night, its an hour off, etc.  I haven't noticed any other problems with any other programs. 

Does anybody have any ideas what is causing this and how to fix it, other than just keep resetting it?

Thanks you guys!

If you have gas heat/appliances in your home, PLEASE make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector! - Posted By: We were chased out of our house last night by our

Apparently our stove is not burning the gas properly and it built up inside our house.  We are lucky we only need the stove repaired.

What makes everyone happy? - Posted By: Terry

I run a small MTSO.  I would like to know what everyone thinks is important to them when working for an MTSO.  What kind of things, in your mind, would make my company an excelent company to work with?  I am trying to make sure we are a good company to transcribe for so I thought I would put this post out and ask what you thought was important.

Thanks for the input.

C-phone help! Dial tone ok, but keys will not work. - Posted By: MT

There is a dial-tone when handset is lifted.  Keys do not work to program, dial, ect.  This is the same for 2 different units.  Any suggestions?

re-recording - Posted By: cape mt

I am trying to figure out how to record to my computer.  I can record the dictation from the phone but don't have a clue as to how to transfer it.  I just bought a Sony voice recorder, digital and PC link gadget.  I have a WAV pedal installed and tried to transfer to a file but really don't know what I am doing!  Can anyone help with this???

What side do you hurt on with appendicitis? - Posted By: Lynn

How do you begin to come up with a line rate.. - Posted By: Bigstep

to pitch to a new account?  Been working for others as an IC, now contemplating approaching an account on my own.  No clue how to not hang myself and selling out at too low of a rate vs giving a quote that's too high and will make them back off quick.  Would it be a good "rule of thumb" to take what you make as an IC on someone else's accounts and add .05cpl?  From what little I've gathered over time, that's about the ballpark of what the MTSO gets paid per line for the account vs what the IC gets paid to do the typing.  Does this sound about right to those of you who have experience with this?  Tks

On the granparents topic..what would you do.sm - Posted By: wondering mind

In our house, the kids have been raised that if they do something wrong then we should hear about it from them, not someone else.  This helps to foster responsibility and open communication so things can be discussed as the growth and get into mishaps of the ages.

Hubby's mother has always wtached the kids while we are on vacation.  This year I was a bit leary and so I made other plans, which he had a fit about it would hurt her feelings, blah blah blah.  I left STRICT instructions for my good friend to be called for ANY trouble with the kids as she is not known for being good at standing up to the kids...hence the worry with 3 teens.

Anyway, we get back from vacation, everyone is weird the first night we are home.  The kids all go off to school the next day and even weirder is that my MIL stays in her room until hubby is up.  THEN she comes out bawling and blubbering about how we should not be mad.  After 30 minutes of her crying jag it comes out my son was arrested while we were gone.  She did her ususal, no punishment, no in trouble of any kind and let him sit on his ass while suspended.  To top it all off, AFTER she leaves I find out he was suspended AGAIN only 3 days later and nobody bothered to tell me this...I am told by a daughter who informes me she waited for her bother to tell me or her grandmother as my son had thrown the origial mail to me away.  I just blew up..to say the least...suspended twice and arrested in 10 days....whole new territory to me and all she can do is cry about how we should not be mad at him and not to punish him.  Really?

Now, I REFUSE to let my children go there as I do not feel she has any idea what dangerous behavior is and even when she had the names and numbers of others to deal with any problems decided to hush things up and not use them.  To top it all off, SHE told my children not to say a word to us when we got back....basically having them lie to our faces when we asked how things went, etc. when we got back.  I am sooo furious I could spit.  Hubby cannot believe I will not let her have my children any more and says I am insane. 

I want other opinons if YOU would entrust your children to someone who pretends such activites did not happen and sweep it under the rug and break huge house rules of being truthful with the parents.  She pulled the "if you love me you won't tell your mom and dad" crap and do not feel she can be trusted with supervising teenagers for any time whatsoever.

Need help on drug board please. TIA - Posted By: JoH


UnitedTran - Posted By: Cher

Does anyone know whether UnitedTran and United Transcription companies are one and the same?

Microsoft Word help please - Posted By: Cris

For the first time in my 5 years of MTing, I am going to be working in Word and I need to make macros as well as auto text and I am clueless how to do this.

I know it's a lot to ask but y'all are the best.  Can someone walk me through the steps.  You'll be my new BFF, I promise. :)

Why aren't the BOS editions readily available at the bookstore sites? - Posted By: How do MTs come by this? nm


Clinic notes questions - Posted By: jmr

I see lots of jobs looking for clinic notes. I have only done acute care. What exactly are clinic notes? Are they office visits by specialty? Also is the pay for clinics typically higher, lower, the same for acute care?


What is the difference between Shorthand and SpeedType? - Posted By: baffled

Hi I've been using ShortHand for a couple months now but I just downloaded the trial of SpeedType to check it out.  It seems that the two are EXACTLY the same!  How is it possible for two different manufacturers to have the exact same program?  It looks the same, all the functions appear to be the same.  This is really bizarre.

I must be missing something.  Are there ANY differences between Shorthand and SpeedType?  If so, what are they?  Why would someone pay twice the price for SpeedType if it is exactly the same??  Thanks.

C-phone help, please... - Posted By: mtinmt

Subject: C-phone help, please...

I am supposed to start training for my new job at MDI and was told I would need to use my C-phone.  I have not used one of these in years.  How do I know I have it hooked up correctly??