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Help I am arguing and can't stop!

Posted By: doxie on 2008-02-23
In Reply to: I also just hear excuses. What better job to - do than at home MT if have kids to care for.SM

Folks just reading what you want to read? I said I have to drive across Brown, Clermont and Hamilton counties into Indiana to get to those kids and their other grandma does not have a computer. It is a one hour and 20 minute drive each way and no I did NOT want to retire. They could not be taken out of school to come here. At our age and living in rural areas, we could not find babysitters on such short notice. Listen as a single mother raising my kids, I worked two and three jobs. Times are different. And if you had read my post you would have seen that I drive a long way to get to them and they have no computer. Just stop it OK? I just got a private email from a gal on here...she says y'all are suffering after effects from the full moon and the eclipse. Lighten up....I ONLY wanted to know how to get a job that would let me earn less than $900. If it were illegal or an "easy" way out....no one would let you do it and they DO, even Social Security. I just wanted info on how to be an IC. You folks need a stiff drink. Take care and thank you....and thank you to A and also to K.....you two know who you are...and you answered my questions. And also in this day and age, you just don't leave your kids with "anyone." Our family is small and isolated and this was our only option in the short run.


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Don't even both arguing with her because
it will make no difference. She has this thinking that no one can change, and quite honestly I think she is quite a hypocrite. Look at the gab board where she says none of us could make it working outside of the house because we are not professionals, but really housewives trying to make a living.

Oh, I'm sorry, you can't look there because all the posts probably got deleted...yet some of her nonsense is still there.

Oh, I'm sorry, you can't look there because all the posts problem got deleted...yet some of her nonsense is still there.
And I am not arguing that at all and I never
what you are doing with your time.  But when you are not meeting the deadline and you always have an excuse as to why you couldn't meet the deadline, and it's because you are doing everything BUT getting your work done, then it's time for me to find a new MT.  If your personal life gets in the way of you meeting your deadline, then I will find someone who makes getting their work done a priority.  Some people seem to think that they should take care of everything they want to do and then if they have time, they will get their work in by the deadline.  Sorry, no.  That's why I said work first, then play.  It's called good work ethic.  And as I said, I don't care what the MT does when as long as the work is turned in by deadline.  If it's not, then that's a problem.
I'm not arguing with you - sm

All I was saying is that one has to look at the end picture and decide for themselves if it is worth it or not.  To look only at the cpl is not sufficient. 

Yes, the industry is  no longer MT friendly.  Platforms are definitely not for our benefit.  I have worked behind the scenes for too many years when some plaftforms were just in beta testing stages.   I've walked away from accounts because it just wasn't worth it any longer.  But not everyone is in the same position that I am lucky enough to be in. 

For now, I know I can't leave my house and make more than $25 per hour without completing my degree, so until then I'll stay where I am. 

To those below arguing politics...

Please dispute this.  I welcome it.  It seems like Bush's "lies" had lots of company, although those quoted below have washed their hands of their own comments.  How convenient.


    "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

    "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
    President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

    "Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
    Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.

    "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
    Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18,1998.

    "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
    Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998

    "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.

    "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."
    Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.

    "There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."
    Letter to President Bush, Signed by Joe Lieberman (D-CT), John McCain (Rino-AZ) and others, Dec. 5, 2001

    "We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."
    Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002.

    "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
    Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

    "Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."
    Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

    "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
    Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.

    "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."
    Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002.

    "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force-- if necessary-- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I b elieve that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
    Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002.

    "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."
    Sen. Jay Rockerfeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002.

    "He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do"
    Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002.

    "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weap ons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
    Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002.

    "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."
    Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002.

    "[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his contin ued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real ..."
    Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003.

I can't believe you guys are arguing about something so stupid. nm
Exactly! And now the original poster is arguing
with us about working Christmas when that was her supposed original dilemma - we can't win, eh? Unreal. And now that I feel like mentioning it - not having a contract is nothing to brag about - there are laws for patient's privacy issues, etc., and our industry is going to be challenged by US citizens who, while finding out about offshoring Indians transcribing our work, are also not thrilled at the idea of their next-door neighbor sitting in their living room with jammies on, transcribing their medical records without any legal contracts - scary stuff. Not professional to say the least. Of course, the original poster will now argue that she is a 100% pro - though she didn't know what her rights were when it came to working holidays...
I think we're arguing the same point
Sorry. I wasnt arguing with you. Im just generally
it just gets me p1ssed off, and then i start ranting!
What a clear case of nothing better to do -- arguing over something so silly. nm
Well your statement sounds equally closed-minded to the one you're arguing with
Where one person prefers to live and why is their own business and no reason to diss someone else's personal choice.
stop and full stop
that reminds me of a doctor who had his own very unique word for period...he called it a "perikat".  All through the report...Perikat... perikat.... LOL
Stop going to the doc, then! Oh, you NEED them though, huh?! LOL nm
I definitely want it to stop
I just don't want to lose my mother in the process.  I put myself in her shoes.  What would I do if my husband of 15 years was making advances at my daughter?   I don't want to get too graphic with some of the things he's said, but definite harrassment.  If I brought things to light, it would put her in an awful position, so I thought I could get it off my chest by telling another family member.  We don't exactly have a warm loving relationship as it is, so this would be like the last nail in the coffin.  I just want it to go away, so I stay away, but the guilt is awful.
Just stop already!
I agree - why get the boat rockin' again!
Yes, I think you should stop
doing this. Were you banned from this site and used the proxy4free.com thing to get back on?
Just Stop It . . .

Think of what people in the hurricanes went or are going through--NO THING is permanent--relationships with our loved ones are far more important.

If you have not made use of an item in a year and it is easily replaced, donate the item (if it is in good condition) to charity.

Irreplaceable, important, legal papers go into the safe deposit box. Keep a fire proof box with cash in it at home along with a disaster bag. Pay off credit cards and put cards in the safe deposit box. Keep the accounts open if needed for an emergency.

I always stop and say hello because SM
He's always reluctant to interrupt me, so I take the time to stop and say hello. :) I would say TRY not to get upset and just try it his way for a while.
just stop
you are SOOOOOOO catering to her, and i was glad to read you express that with your comment about the norman rockwell picture.  yep, that is exactly what she is doing.  It's ALL ABOUT THE WRAPPING and you and sibs are either paper or ribbon, whatever suits her whim.  Either way, you are it's all about what you REPRESENT .... but her her eyes, it not -- repeat, not -- about YOU. wrap your mind around that thought and just decide you are not going to be one of the props she uses to stage her house for others -- the friends she invites to impress, via YOU!  i know that deep down, you know this.  so, just say no thanks, DO NOT give a reason, DO NOT give an explanation, just say you have other plans and let her wonder.  be the man that you are.  don't be a wuss. Enjoy!  
STOP...STOP....STOP...trying to keep up
You cannot compare yourself to the people on this board. Do you mean you have only been doing transcription for eight months? If so, you're doing fine!! Eight months is not a lot of time. The speed with come with the experience. Just keep at it and use those auto keys! Give yourself another eight months, and you will be getting a little faster!! Good luck and let us know how you're doing in eight months!! :)
LOL, please stop

I think you should stop now. You s/m
obviously know nothing about how we are paid and how a 20-blank report can hold up our production.  And most of us are paid less than an MT is making.
one way to stop it, is to let the sm
answering machine or voice mail pick up the call. Lots of folks do that. If you have caller ID especially, you don't have to deal with it. If they can't reach you, they can't ask you.
stop trashing
I get sick and tired of trashing companies. makes me sick. Did you do a good job for the company, did you meet your line requirements, did you have accuracy. Ask yourself those questions!
Stop teasing now.

Did you stop to think (for all upset with MQ):
that the letter was addressed to "MedQuist Transcriptionist", meaning ALL transcriptionists?

Did you stop to think about the fact that the new plan is a "Medical Transcriptionist and Medical Editor Rewards Plan", meaning ALL transcriptionists?

Did you stop to think about the fact that the letter is an announcement of upcoming information and specifically says "highlights of the plan include..." and so does not give all the details so you cannot draw any conclusions about it?

Did you stop to think that the pay rates, daily incentive, evening/night premium pay highlights in the letter are NOT defined as EMPLOYEE ONLY highlights?

Did you stop to think that there is no way in hell that someone like you can ever be satisfied by any company? That no matter what MQ or any other company does, you'll have a reason to b****? Did you stop to think that if you're so dang upset about being with MQ that you are not a prisoner there? Did you stop to think that there are other companies doing MT that you can work for? Did you stop to think that there are millions of other lines of work you can get into?

Did you stop to think, period? Obviously not. All you did was stop to gripe.

You're probably one of the gripes who are upset because they received a DEP discrepancy check! LOL

It doesn't matter if, after taxes, it is 1 cent or $1000, it doesn't matter if you still work for them or don't, it doesn't matter how long you worked for them or didn't ... if a discrepancy in pay is found THEY MUST CORRECT THAT and that is what they have done. No matter what, you're gonna gripe. If they owed you 2 cents, you'd gripe. If they pay you the 2 cents, you gripe. If they don't make changes in how things are run, you gripe. If they make changes, you gripe.

For cryin' outloud people...get the hell out if you're THAT suspicious and burned out! GET OUT! Who wants you anyway? It's embarassing how you people carry on. Are you grown ups or not? Can't you think for yourself? Do you make your own decisions or does someone else make them for you?

If this company is as bad and hateful and MT-hating as you say, well then you can pat yourself on the back because YOU have outdone MQ on the hatefulness and badness. Good job, kiddies! Good job!! Now you're officially as hateful as the company you're whining about! LOLOLOLOL

Stop shouting, please.
stop looking in the mirror already
Nice mole!
stop labeling

Alcohol does NOT impair everyone. Every BODY handles liquor differently. Believe me, I know this for a fact. I can nurse a whiskey sour over an hour and be cold sober when I'm done. To the point I'm driving a car on the interstate, some idiot cuts me off, and I hit that brake on a dime. Believe me, I'm cold sober. You have to hear the flurry of words coming from my mouth (when I'm "under the influence" I love and forgive everybody).

Some can handle alcohol more than others. But, just because you have a "warm glow" or get a little giggly does not mean you can't do your desk job, and that includes MT. Maybe you can't, but I know for a fact that it can be done. I've seen the proof, right down to the last comma. And I'm not talking about SOAP notes. I'm talking about complex operative reports.

And to tell you the truth. I would feel more confident having somebody throw back a couple of drinks while at their desk doing MT than someone who has kids at their home who are misbehaving. Nobody should work under those conditions. I know I can't.  

And don't confuse DRINKING with drinking. People who drink wine (the original poster) tend to sip it. It could take 1/2 to 1 hour to finish the entire glass. Plus, the alcohol content in wine does not compare to the alcohol content in, say, rum & coke or a whiskey sour. --- And if you want to get right down to it, if you drink a cup of regular coffee you're also under the influence of "a drug." It's called caffeine. Another drug ... sugar. Just give it to a hyperactive kid and watch what happens.

In the final analysis, we all have to accept or not accept what we are most comfortable with. I accept the finished product (the report), not what they did during the course of transcription.

If you can stop laughing for a sec...
Where are these "places where typing pays decent$$$" and "there are tons and tons of men," please? I've been in the working world for over 40 years and no matter what the job, men are going to be paid more, even if they are just standing the "Slow" sign on road construction. The only exceptions I know of are jobs where equity is demanded by law - such as state government and big corporations that are affected by the federal wage and labor laws.

Part of the reason are men paid more is because they think they deserve it and will not accept the same kind of treatment most women will take for the sake of a job. Also, men are more likely to be put into management and supervisor positions, despite their education and experience. It happens in nursing, customer service, any job that is predominantly female. There are probably a lot of reasons for that and I won't even go there.
The Comedy Stop !!
There's some funny stuff over there.  It's good to have a comedic break now and then.      
Pediatrician - what age to stop

I'm typing reports for 20-year-olds who are being hospitalized in Pediatrics and seen by pediatricians.  Some of these patients are already parents themselves.  I don't think I would want my 7-year-old in the same room as a 20-year-old with a baby of her own. 

At any rate, does anyone know the age nowadays when pediatricians sent their pts to adult care providers?  It used to at age 15 or 16, but that was eons ago. 

Thanks!  I'm just curious. 


Did you ever stop to think that the reason you see...

some companies consistently looking for more MTs is because those companies are growing, taking on many new accounts and need more MTs????? 

I totally agree with the other posters who have answered you thus far . . .  do your own homework.  There are many great companies *out there* and some that are not so great.  Spend some time researching.  Why should any of us invest time doing it for you if you aren't willing to put forth a bit of effort yourself!!?

I had to buy this for a job but ended up loving it and even used it for a different job (a fairly large national) where they had their own wav player that was clunky and full of bugs and given to locking up. I was able to use the USB pedal I already had, so I didn't have to buy theirs, but they actually send you a CD and a booklet, so I believe you can install it as much as needed.

The feature I like is that you can program a pedal to insert a blank and a time code, which makes reviewing blanks ever so much easier.
There IS something we can do: stop accepting
she was probably saying "full stop"
this is said a lot in overseas countries instead of "period"- it means the same thing tho
I can hit Esc or use Ctrl/X, too, to stop it. nm
Unfortunately no key function to stop it. sm
How about making one pt that changes to capital PT and one ptx that expands to prothrombin time? Another example, have chf change to capital CHF and chfx to expand out to congestive heart failure. I just started ExText myself and that's what I'm going to be doing. I saw another poster does the exact opposite with the X so not meant to confuse!
start stop
try going to configure and uncheck variable speed it will play but you cant chnge speed

or try associate files with start stop under configure and check them all
stop yelling, please
sorry, that is just stop listening to them
Ok, this is getting out of hand & it's going to stop now.

The OP explained her situation and then elaborated on the situation again. It sounds like she is a giving person by helping other family members and it also sounds like she just wanted some ideas on frugal ways to make a dollar stretch until she gets her affairs in proper order.  Should she require the family members pay SOME type of rent to be accountable?  Probably. We all know the real estate market is not what is used to be and some people are in a bind with their property right now. The OP is clear that she was not fully informed about the whole transaction and there could be particulars that the OP may not have been privvy too. Maybe mistakes were made by the OP and her husband and it's too late to repair the problem.  People make mistakes all the time.  As you are reading this, consider what mistakes you have made in just the past 24 hours.  The key here is that before passing judgement understand that there could be many variables that you are not aware of. 

maybe you need to stop enabling her

If she is an adult daughter, and she knows what her diagnosis is and has been adequately educated about it, yet refuses to see a mental health professional, perhaps you should step back and say, it is your responsibility to manage your own health. If she feels she needs to see doctors, she needs to get her own job with insurance or get on disability. If she feels she doesn't need to be managed with a psychiatrist's help you should encourage her to see then she needs to be the one to deal with the consequences. Ignore her manic outbursts and/or set limits.

There are plenty of people with manic disorders who choose to carefully manage their condition. The condition itself is not an excuse for not managing it. hope this helps

Please stop emailing me. You know who you are. (SM)

I figure it would be rude and/or against the MT Stars TOS for me to use the name of this person or reprint verbatim her emails here on the site, so I will just say this to you ...  you can stop emailing me now. 

I am not going to agree with you that I should be "thankful" for the employer who wants to break our contract and who treats me with disrespect.  I disagree with you that she is my "boss" any more than my hair colorist should view me as her "boss".  My colorist has a talent and I pay her to perform a service for me.  That doesn't make me her "boss", nor can I call her up and demand that she stop making dinner for her family and meet me at the salon to do my highlights.  LOL! 

I do not agree with you that those of us on this board are all a bunch of whiners.  I do not agree with you that my children would be better off being raised in daycare.  My son -- now in fourth grade -- went off to school just fine having been to preschool 2 days a week for 3 hours a day rather than all day every day.  Sorry, but there was no crying and wailing on his first day of school.  You didn't have to put your kids in daycare to prepare them for school.  That's something people say to make themselves feel better about their daycare decision.  If that is the choice you or anyone else made, fine.  It doesn't affect me or my family and it's none of my business.  However, don't give me the "my kids were prepared for school and kids of work-at-home moms like you cry all day at school because they aren't prepared" garbage.  That's what it is, garbage.  Children don't need eight hours a day five days a week of "preparation" for school that is longer than the school day itself.  That's why they have preschool, a couple hours a couple of days a week.  If you chose to put your children in daycare, be proud of or at least confident in your choice without having to make excuses for it. 

And another thing, I HAVE been "in the workforce", as I am sure a lot of these other ladies who work at home have been as well.  I am CHOOSING to do MT so that I CAN be at home raising my children myself.  And, in fact, I am IN the workforce.  I am my own boss.  I have my own business.  I work from home.  I have a contract, and I expect those who sign it to abide by it.  I expect professionalism.  If I were flipping burgers for minimum wage, I might expect to tolerate some behavior like that exhibited by my MTSO.  I am a professional.  I expect my contract to be honored and to be treated professionally.  You don't have to agree with me on that, but you are not going to change my mind about it, either.   

You are the only one who has sided with my MTSO in this.  I am sure my MTSO would love to have you.  However, I'd really like you to stop emailing me now.  If you are proud of your stance on this, post it here for everyone to see, but please leave my inbox alone.   


Not you cannot stop a check but
you wrote the check knowing you were going to stop payment- you said after they told you $241 so you knowingly wrote the check and then had it stopped, that is against the law because you knew writing it you were not going to honor it. That is when it is against the law.
Please stop gloating!
How nice for you that you came into that kind of work. There are those of us who are not that lucky. You seem to imply that anyone can get those accounts. Not true!
You don't know how to stop reading this
Does anyone know how to set stop codes in

Word?  TIA!

Stop Codes
Its Ctrl F9 to create the stop.  Ctrl F11 takes you through the document.
Stop codes. sm.
What do you use stop codes for?  I know how to use jump codes, but how can I incorporate stop codes into transcribing document?  TIA.
Need Help W/Stop Codes
I've tried saving the stop codes as part of my template in my AutoCorrect in Word, but whenever I pull in the template, the stop codes are gone.  It appears as though they won't save in AutoCorrect.  I've also tried saving them into my template in my expansion software, but they disappear in this, also.  Can anyone help?  Thanks!
Then stop complaining...

If you are happy, then stop complaining.  If you are not happy, then move on.  Why is it so difficult for you to figure out?