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And, speaking of the personal touch,

Posted By: CG on 2008-07-21
In Reply to: I still pick up tapes and drop off reports. - I don't lock the bag I keep them in.

since I was a legal secretary, I type his business and personal letters and get paid the same line count. There is a chair in the doctor's office where we make the exchange everyday - I pick up the tapes and patient list from that chair and he picks up the transcribed reports from that same chair. We have been doing it this way since the beginning and it works very well. We are just comfortable with each other. And, yes, I count my blessings everyday.

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Check it out!


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My Yorkie would not touch Iams
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I'm 48. I use to blog, to stay in touch with
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than trying to use laptop keyboard and touch pad.
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Demographics weren't filled in and had to look up every doctor name/address, and sorry, but the spellcheck was horrid. Even with the "setup" the company gave me that was supposed to correct it, it was the worst I've ever seen. Please, Rosey, do not make such broad statements and expect everyone to love something merely because you do. A lot depends on how the company maintains their platform. Have you ever worked on any other platforms? EMDAT is one of the most cumbersome programs out there so I doubt you've had much experience with more sophisticated platforms.
We don't touch bodily fluids

Hair dressers go for further education to keep up with the trends.  The trends for us are in the dictation.  It's do or die.  We don't have to wait and see what's new, it's right there every day in each dictation, i.e., new meds, new studies, new information. 

If we require credentialing, then every one in the medical field including receptionists and file clerks in the medical records department should require credentialing since we all handle confidential medical information.

advil doesnt touch mine
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Or completely immature and out of touch with reality
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when I was single, it was a time to pamper myself, take care of myself.

of course, once menopause hit all the rules changed, and that is another long story...

extra doses vitamin D have SAVED me because where I live there tends to be a lack of sunshine the larger part of the year.

this is just from my own experience having had this my entire life...
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I would never let a bone cruncher touch me. I used to work for chiropractors
and have seen the damage they can do.  Personally, my choice is going to my wonderful acupuncturist.  She is a chinese physician who performs a combination of acupuncture, magnetic heat, massage, and herbal application.  Folks, acupuncture WORKS wonderfully for the treatment of sciatica and acupuncture has been performed in China for thousands of years successfully, so they must have been doing something right.  One suggestion, make sure you find a GOOD acupuncturist.  Believe me, you will know when you've found a good one.  Good luck!
The Kinesis Classic Keyboard is the softest touch I have used. (nm)
I love the Kinesis Classic-softest touch! (nm)

Post not EXCELLENT, but completely out of touch with reality

like you think the MT's control the pay in the MT world? Either you need the job and you take it for the pay or you have another option. MT's without another option will take the job at 6 cpl, or 4 cpl or whatever. When working at McDonald's becomes an option that is equivalent to MT work, then MT's will choose McDonald's. 

The Transcriptionist is just ONE cog in the wheel of the whole industry. If people continue to look at only the MT's part, they miss the big picture. If all it took were people saying Let's all stand up together and demand better wages, then why couldn't the cashiers at the grocery stores across the US do the same thing? They can't. Because it they don't cashier for $8 an hour, there's somebody else who will. Same thing has happened with transcription. If you don't take the job at 6 cpl, somebody else will. It might be somebody from India (which you so quickly discounted) but I'll let you in on a little secret. The people from India who are doing MT typically have 2 master's degrees. They are hungry for work. They are intelligent, competent individuals, willing to work hard. They might have a little bit of a quality issue right now because of the language barrier, but it won't be long before you have lots and lots of Indian MT's with 2 years experience, who have learned from their mistakes, who have learned American idioms... and then you are really going to see the bottom drop of out the market.

Keyboard recommendations, soundless & light touch?
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Being out of touch is a hazard of our job, but one reason you touched a nerve SM
that you should be aware of so you won't be surprised in future is that "ESL" is also code for bigotry, with in some sad cases the fussing over the genuine problems with achieving an accurate transcription just windowdressing for the real complaint.

Personally, I find the world and its people a fascinating place and love the way the Web has brought it to me in my little rural Georgia office, including the very wide range of attitudes here.
Softer touch, clicky, yet larger size keyboard.
Don't know if you'll see this, but you may want to try the "cloned" IBM keyboard by the company I mentioned previously. It is the same size & layout as the IBM, "clicky", and yet there was a subtle difference in the "touch". I felt it "was" a "softer" touch compared to the original IBM. Wish I could offer a better explanation, but it's such an "individual" thing that it's hard to describe. What is comfortable for me may not be for you. I have the one I bought from them years ago boxed up for repair, so I'm just recalling this from memory. Haven't used it in quite a while, but do remember I did get comfortable with it in the interim without my IBM keyboard.

Oh - the memories - I'll never forget the "mag card" & how the part-time worker at night never failed to wipe out the "negatives" I had stored on "certain labeled" cards everytime she worked at my desk :o)

Well - if I do run across another keyboard I think you might be interested in, I'll address it to you as "me" & hope you'll see it.