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2000 lines everyday but one since my kids went back to school.

Posted By: GAtrans on 2005-08-12
In Reply to: Anyone else dying for school to start? (sm) - SM

I can finally get back on a routine and get some work done. Now, if I could just stay off of MTstars! LOL.

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have your kids gone back to school yet? if so, where are you at...
if not, when do they go back and where are you at?  This is strictly out of curiosity, everyone, no ulterior motives here! I'm in GA and mine went back yesterday...think it's WAY too early to go back.  They were only out for nine weeks!
POLL - Are you read for your kids to go back to school? (sm)
Yes and no is the answer for me.  I love them home with me (11 and 13), but am ready to have the nice quiet house to myself for work.
Well, 1 day back to school for the kids, and now they come hom with a stomach virus! Geez.

How frustrating - 1 day in school and now a "bug".  We had this in our house before the holidays.  Everyone in the family had a turn with it, and now again!  I think antiseptic and antibacterials are needed in these schools.   Can't afford to be down for even 24 hours!


Just needed to vent my frustration here - my poor kiddies!


I did that with 2 kids with time mgmt and a high school girl who babysat 3 days a week after school
I don't have kids, but my Mom was from the "old school," and still had everyone, kids inclu

call her by her first name.  The little neighbor girl next door from the time she could speak called her Aggie (my mom's first name), and they were great buddies until the day my mom pased away. 

I don't think there really is much in a name, but more in the respect you are given and the way you are treated.   Personally, I kind of cringe inside when someone calls me Ms. Anything or God forbid, "maam" (makes me feel like Methuselah!) ... I'm always just plain Merrie.  :-)

But, as someone pointed out, to each his own.  If you want to be addressed a certain way, you have that right, and people should respect that.  I'm glad you corrected the child ... hope it "sticks."    

2000 lines a day
I used to do 2000 lines a day but I had only 3 hospital accounts. Sure, it would be easier to do that many lines per day and more if you have easier accounts (and if you have 1, like yourself, definitely more), but unfortunately most people have lots of different accounts - and where I work, there are over 350 accounts and people sort of have to do whatever comes up, so it is MUCH more difficult to do. It all depends on if you are lucky enough to have 1 account, like yourself, or have to "go with the flow" with whatever comes up, which is infinitely more difficult. Kudos to those who can produce 2000 lines a day WHILE DOING lots of different, difficult accounts. YOU are the ones who truly deserve respect.
I do 2000 lines a day...but...sm
I also have to admit to having only five accounts, mostly with acute care, with only a few ESLs and few Op notes. We go live on the 15th so I probably won't be in the 2000 Club after that, although hopefully, as I get used to things, my numbers will climb back up.
2000 lines...
I think if you are an acute care MT with several different accounts and quite a few ESL dictators (normal for most hopsitals), if you kill yourself and resign yourself to having no life at all, you could do 2000 lines or more easily. However, I don't think it's worth it.
Those of you who do a lot of lines (2000+) a day,

Now I know a lot depends on how many characters per line but putting that aside:  How do you get in a lot of lines every day?

Do you sit and work nonstop?  Do you type at a leisurely pace or bang your keyboard as fast as you can?  Do you use an expander?  A word completion software like Smartype?  Are you able to keep up with everything else - house, kids, DH?  Do you just keep on typing till you get all the lines you want?  Do you set a goal for yourself each day, or just type every chance you get and what you end up with is okay with you?

Just wondering cause I know even though I've been an MT many years (23) I am sort of spoiled.  Had many years where I had easy money accounts and made money not really even trying and not working very hard.  Well now I have canned my own accounts and working for someone else at a respectable line rate - but I find myself wanting to type 1000 lines a day and stop and I need to make more money than that.  I guess I just got lazy! 

So if you don't mind, share your tips!

2000 lines a day

I can send you my line count sheets.  get one daily.  why would I get on here and lie. 

2000 lines a day, and that is what I do.
I do 2000 lines a day

I work about 6-7 hours a day and do approximately 2000 lines in that time period.  My company only requires 1200 a day, but I want 2000 a day to have the money I want.

I get 2000 lines a day...

I get over 2000 lines a day, and I post on CafeMT all the time.  I work really hard to get over 2000 lines a day.  I work at least 9 hour days, and most of the time, those of us who hit those really high line counts work 10 or 12 hour days.  I also get a lot of ASR and I have a lot of expansions.  I also proof each and every report I send in.  I care just as much as anyone else about turning in good quality work. 

To anyone doing 1600-2000 lines per day
Just wondering what exactly your day is like, how many breaks, do you have tons of macros, on average how many hours do you spend typing, how often do you get up.  The biggest question of all, don't you get hand cramps??  Anything over 1300 and my hands start cramping/getting numb!  Just tell us your secrets, I would love to produce at least 1800 daily!!!!
Poll- more than 2000 lines/day

It seems like a lot of people on this board think that 2000 lines is unheard of.  Are there any Transcriptionist out there that CAN make this?  I have a pretty easy account, but I can do upwards of 3000+ lines per day.  ANY one else out there?

1500 to 2000 lines if doing
medical.  If on radiology, 2000 to 3000 plus.  I have done as much as 4000 on  radiology but that depends on which radiologists I get.  We have 5. And no, I don't use a lot of macros, and we have 2 ESL radiologists and probably 90% of our medical dictators are ESL or otherwise horrible dictators. 
2000 lines a day? You guys that can do this are my heros! :) nm
tips on typing 2000 lines a day??
want to increase my daily line count.  i need motivation.  i am at 1500 but want 2000.  TIA
Hah!!! I remember the days of 2000 lines!
Not with my company...A good day is 1600 lines. Horrible platform. Wish line count was better.
Where do all you guys work, typing 2000 lines a day?
Looking for stable company.....
Don't know how many kids in your school..sm

when my child was in high school there were 3000 kids - 2 security officers and perhaps one cop (big huge city) - NOT ENOUGH TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.  Guns and knives were waiting with perp kids across the street from the public school buses, near the city buses....lots of knifings.......pulled my kid out and had her finish up elsewhere....where they did care about kids.......

Like I said elsewhere - if they (authorities) don't care about our kids, they don't care about our/their future either.......



Has anyone used Tessier paper back version 5 x 8 book with over 2000 pages - does that make it hard
No way would my kids be in regular school
It was bad enough years ago when I was in public school, but nowadays with all the drugs, sex, guns, knives, etc., in school, there is no way any kids of mine would be in a public school. I remember my study hall when the kids were totally out of control and the teacher was afraid of them-- it sure isn't any better now. If I could not afford a private school, you'd better believe they would be home schooled.
Kids schedules outside of school....sm

It's amazing to me how many parents push their kids to the extreme with extracurricular activities.   I saw a cousin this weekend and her 2nd grader is taking 4 dance lessons (4-1/2 hours a week), an acting class (1 hour)  is in some special gifted program that meets 1 hour after school each week and is in the church kid's choir on Wednesdays.   This means this 7-year-old has 7-1/2 hours of extracurricular activities scheduled.  

I told her that my 6-year-old chooses 1 activity to participate in outside of church kids choir (meets on Sunday) and that's all she does. 

What about your kids if you have them?  If you have your child scheduled in a lot of things aren't you worried that they will burn out?  I've recently read stories that a lot of kids that are overscheduled are getting depressed and I can see why.

As long as you have someone with the kids after school and can
I can't wait for school to start either, and I don't even HAVE kids!! nm
I don't need to know anything about it. My kids functioned fine in school
and let them have friends of their own choosing rather than manipulate their lives for them.
I do not know about her school but next Tues. when my kids start the first day they get out at 9:50
Absolutely would - however, I have to wait until my 2 kids are out of school
and off to college! I always wanted to be a traveling Transcriptionist with K-Force. I have 3 more years to wait and off I will go to a traveling transcription position.

I, however, love change and get bored fairly quickly. So, I would prefer the shorter assignments from place to place - 3 years is too long in one place for me!

Good luck to you!
Private Christian school is where my kids go.
I believe it is next Monday, the 19th, as the kids have off school for it.
Driving my kids to school. Heard it on the radio, Bob and Tom. sm
I never heard them be more serious than that day.  The whole day is still bright in my mind.  I remember everything that happened, where I was and what I did.  I will never forget it. 
Our school has good scores but my kids have never been stressed

Probably depends on the teachers and the corporate culture at your school.

No, usually it's just winding up as all the kids bring home crud from school.
The 4th of July is slow.  Christmas is never slow for me.
Veteran's day. Kids are out of school. Many doctor's offices are closed.
The kids' "holiday" programs at school were full of African and
Hanukkah music, but there wasn't an African or Jewish person in the gymnasium. Everything else was nondenominational. What I want to know is why the minorities have the majority vote? Shouldn't there be an equal amount of Christmas music?
Me, too. I told my kids that since they're not in school and I'm working two jobs
just to try to keep the utilities on, they get to do chores. Don't even get me started on holiday stress. My extended family sent me gift cards, so I'm using those to buy for the kids. I even offered to pay them $5 an hour for cleaning so they'd have Christmas money. Instead, what are they doing? Watching TV in their pajamas still. That's OK. I'm about to go unplug all the electronics in the house and give them a big chore list with NO pay.
Going back to school
Yes, I have thought about it. However, I will have to wait until I am cloned so ONE of us can keep working day and night to pay bills while the other of us goes to school. (Dream on!).
going back to school as well
Taking a pre-algebra and art class this semester, going for my BA in psych.  I've got a long road ahead of me, but I need to switch gears to a more lucrative and respected profession.  One that will secure my future as well.  MT sure won't!  Heck, don't even know if MT'ing will get me through school, I feel like my days are numbered and its out of my control.
why not go back to school. you can
probably get all your schooling paid for and money to help pay bills while you go to school? even if you did a tech program or a 2-yr RN program...?

i know how you feel.
I'm back in school...sm
I have my Associates in Allied Health, but I'm in the process of finishing my Bachelor's in Business with a specialty in Healthcare.

I also have 3 kids and a husband. As long as your family is willing to work with you a bit and give you the time that you need, you'll do fine. Go for it!
going back to school
I went back to school when my youngest entered kindergarten. I was 31. That was 15 years ago - my husband is now in school for taxidermy - he has only 3 weeks left - I miss him. My friend went back to school at age 59 - she is now a certified coder/MRT at age 62. Go for it!!!!!
Going back to school
I am a 35 year old single parent of an 8 year old. I will be starting in March at a private liberal arts college in Atlanta, GA. They have a degree program for adults. I will be majoring in psychology and hope to finish in a year. I'm very excited about it.
Going back to school
...Yes, I'm currently doing it now. It is hard, not easy, but I think it would be much harder if I had children in the house. My beautiful son is 29 years old and living out of the house on his own.

I have been a small MTSO for many, many years, but after losing so many accounts in my area to under bidding and offshoring, I just did not feel it was worth pursuing this crap any more. I now transcribe for a company part time, the money is so paltry, but whatever. Working in this field is no longer my goal. It is a stepping stone. My sights are high to get into something I believe I would enjoy and make a difference in - law. I work part time and go to school part time, for now. I am 56 years of age and do not have a problem with my age at all. It takes time management - something that does not come easy for me. With a large house to care for, lots of pets, work, and school, I am learning to manage a lot better. It is surprising how much better I do with less money. Of course, I am fortunate in that my husband can support us both, for now. I pray it stays that way. That does not mean we have enough put away for retirement. We don't. The income I make from my part-time job goes into savings. I am determined to reach my goal no matter what, and if I ever become a lawyer at age 64-65, what an accomplishment!!! I've always been a very independent person. Ironically, the hardest thing for me to accept is letting my husband support me. I get a lot of anxiety about that because I'm a worry-wort. I've always felt I have to be in control. Strange, huh?
Going back to school
I am 36 and just started back this January to take some electives and start nursing school in August. I have 2 kids and husband to take care of, plus working p/t doing transcription. I have to take Chemistry which is a pre-requisite. It's only the third week and it is hard, but I think in the long run, it will work out for the better. I just have to keep a positive attitude.
back to school at 45

I went back to school at 45 with 5 kids (26, 24, 19, 14 and 10).  I have a few comments.  First of all, school at 45 is very different than school at 20.  One thing I noticed is that it is much easier.  Classes have been watered down, except for math classes, which are a little different.  Kids do not write as well as we had to when I was first in college.   Second, for whatever reason,  it is much easier to pull As than when I was younger.  I go to class every class and I study because I have less distractions and yes, less hormones.  I am not partying anywhere, and my car knows the way to school.  No  one is making me go.

I took my first CNA class this semester and basically changed adult diapers and helped feed elderly folks.  I also helped with showers and changed colostomy bags.  They can dress it up any way they want, but frankly, that is what you are doing.  No blood or guts, just a lot of poop.

As far as money goes, I already had an associates degree, so they will only pay for classes that are absolutely necessary to your degree.  I did not qualify for any scholarship money due to age or income or anything else.  Basically I paid for my classes and the hospital I work for is supposed to reimburse me when I finish my class.

The hospital I work for, when I am clinicals, is supposed to have a few scholarships available which equate to about 4500 per year.  As my work time will be cut back to approximately half, I am going to have to figure out how to make it.  Also, I will have to figure out how to maintain hospital benefits at only half time...as....this does not work out.  

That is my returning to school story.  I hope that it is helpful. I would like to know what first year nursing students are doing if anybody has that information as far as patient care, etc. and what books, etc. they found helpful.




Went back to school at age 30 with a 4 mo. old, 4 yr old, and 7 yr old....
got an Associates degree in Health Information Technology and then sat for my RHIT.  After ranting and raving when I quit my job after the baby was born, my husband finally gave in and actually became very supportive.  This was the best decision I have ever made in life...it was hard but worth it, and I graduated at the top of my class.  Blessings!
back to school . . .
I went back to school, for nursing, after 23 years! It was scary, but not as hard as I thought it would be. I have found that it is a little harder to learn than when I was young, but I am more willing to put in the time now that I am older and actually did quite well. Also,  I was worried about being in school with a bunch of 20 year olds, and that was not the case either. My advice, go for it!
MT going back to school....

My two career choices are either nursing, really interested in psych, or a dental hygienist.

I know more about nursing than the dental and was wondering if anyone could give me any insight on either one, as far as school, working conditions, salaries, anything basically.

I think I would enjoy nursing more, but the schedule for the hygienist appeals to me more with 2 young kids at home.  In my area, the schooling is about the same and the salary seems about the same too.


QA go back to school

I am really ticked at my QA department these days.  Had a report – not the best dictator, which is why I listened to it for a total of 3 times to be accurate!  Clearly the doctor said hyperglycemia.  At first I thought hypercholesterolemia but upon playing it over 2 more times I could hear the “glycemia.”  QA changed it to hypercholesterolemia and put a note on the “corrected” version that had I run spell checker it would have caught this.  Okay, first of all with this particular VPN system you must run spell check before uploading!  And second of all, no, spell checker would not flag a correctly spelled medical term!  Come on now!  Pick up the medical dictionary and look.  It is in my book.  Heck I hear that word on television.  Get a clue already.


This is the same QA that I go round and round with about hyphens.  I type “The patient is well developed and well nourished.”  It is to be done this way as per the BOS, yet a few will put in hyphens.  To the best of my knowledge you only use hyphens when the sentence reads:  Well-developed, well-nourished male/female in no acute distress. 


There are some really great QA people out there (((hugs))) and unfortunately some that need to go back to MT school.  Sometimes I wonder why I fight so hard to keep our jobs here in the U.S.   I know that I am not QA quality with less than 5 years under my belt, but please do not treat me like complete *****.  When I see some of these QA fixes and research it makes me wonder how they came into their positions.  I once had a CMT/QA person tell me there is no such thing as a DIP joint.  Okay, pick up an ortho book by Stedman’s.  Yeah, it’s in there!


Sorry to go on and on.  Just needed to get this off my chest.

You don't need to go back to school.