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I'll take your hubby. I've got one just like him and another one won't bother me... except.

Posted By: Not a speed typist on 2006-01-25
In Reply to: Take my husband, Please ! - The Singing MT

my hubby will leave 1 knife, spoon, or fork on the table and it gets buried under the mail he never reads. He will take his shoes off at the door if the ground is dry outside, and keep them on if the ground is wet, snowy, muddy, etc.

He will make himself a sandwich, put everything away EXCEPT  the mayo, leave the bread tie on the table and twist the bread closed and fold it under. Oh, and the best thing.....he never, ever uses a paper plate for his sandwiches or snacks of chips, pretzels, etc. at the kitchen table. What falls on the floor stays on the floor.(sigh)

But, I feel lucky because he puts his dirty laundry in the hamper and carries the hamper out to the laundry room if he needs clothes, I fold his clothes and put them on his bed and he puts them away...on top of an open drawer, on top of the bureau, on top of a chair, etc.....I give up.

BTW, I'm with him 40 years and been trying to train him all those years. I did make a couple breakthroughs, but not much. So, ya gotta love 'em or leave 'em. I choose to keep him.

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I worked there for a few months and received incorrect and late paychecks.  They are not worth spit.  The MT manager has never been an MT and is clueless when it comes to the work. 
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I don't know why I bother...

but here goes.....

I am not for "outsourcing".  I am not for it because it is a way for greedy americans to try and get cheap labor.  If someone wants to compete fairly with me for a job, I am fine with that. 

But I am also not for belittling people and picking apart their posts no matter who they are and where they are from.

I also think that if you are proud to be American, you would rise above losing your job to outsourcing.  You would not spend your time whining and complaining and insulting strangers.  Rise above your circumstances...create your own opportunity...isn't that the American way?

Don't bother!
I joined with the same thought process as you.  Not only did no one care whether or not I had this to add to my resume, but I have not used one thing that has been offered.  There is an email that comes once every couple of weeks that I delete before even looking at it.  I did look at the first couple and it was "who cares" kind of information.  I just don't have time to be perusing through a bunch of information that I will probably never need and if I do, I can look it up through Google, drugs.com, etc.  This is just my opinion, take it for what you will.
Would this bother you? regarding QA
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During the first several months, it became noticeable that one MT who was the largest producer was cherry picking and their reports were riddled with errors.  And this is a fantastic account for the most part - very easy to make money without cheating.

So, the other MT and I mentioned it to each other and agreed to what we were both observing.  She took it to the supervisor who concluded that there was envy on our part because he typed the most.  She dismissed our claims as did the QA person/assistant to supervisor after I mentioned to her I was seeing his work (like when 2 rads dictate the same report and you find out by seeing the other report in place) and it had typos in it or the skeleton of a canned report not filled out at the bottom of the page (must have put it in twice). 

A few months later, the account (a hospital) requested this MT be taken off the acct.  He was placed on 100QA and then let go (policy). 

The sup and the QA person, although never mentioning it, must have realized it was not jealousy at all at that moment. Right?  That we loved our jobs and did not want this type of work to go through and all of us be considered fly-by-nights.

Rather, there appeared to be something close to resentment as we began to be both QA'ed to death with the other MT nearly losing her job until she put her foot down and refused to be on 100% QA (25 yr veteran). 

The tension was palpable and it was made worse that every lead MT in our dept appeared to know about it and began to treat us like we were whiners and complainers. 

I was then dx'ed with BC and in a state of panic told my group.  My sup told my the QA person had been dx'ed with BC too and that she was call me and reassure me. We spoke for quite some time on a few different occasions on the phone and and e-mailed back and forth.

She said she was also engaged to a radiologist who worked at the hospital in her hometown.  A team member with an investigative mind decided to check it out and found out he was married and had a child with no divorce recorded in his county. 

I was contacted and told not to take her advice regarding BC treatment and maybe I should be more private about details..

It has been over 3 years now. I am still alive.

But.. I cannot for the life of me answer the phone when my sup calls.  I dread talking to her and actually have not for nearly a year (lol)

I feel as if they pretended she was a cancer patient so I would share details about my prognosis and they would be better prepared for coverage should I end up unable to work.  

Have you ever heard of anything quite so strange in the new world of work place telecommunication?   Should I just shut up and count my money and thank the MT Gods that I have an account with no ESLs? 

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Appreciate your feedback if you have any at all. 

Sorry to be such a bother.
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When you are coming close to needing to fire someone, do you make it pretty obvious? Only asking because I am personally afraid of being blindsided, since I am not used to working for an MTSO.

Feel free to let me know if I am crossing the line in any of my questions as well. It is just nice to be able to ask someone higher up about how things are done, especially being newer to the business.

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Don't Bother

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AHDI supports offshoring and always has.  They try very hard to remain "politically correct" and not upset their Indian buddies.  In fact, most of the board of directors are employed by Indian companies.  They do not support the American MT at all.

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It'll be the most expensive magazine subscription you'll ever get! No point in joining. nm
So why did you bother asking in the first plac?
Thanks..I won't bother to apply with them now.
This totally would not bother me and
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I get this all the time... these are the ones that bother me...
The ones that bother me the most are the people who ask me to babysit their children, saying, "since you are home all day, could you.."  Those are the ones that get under my skin. 
they really don't bother you if you just leave them alone

they are just trying to survive like all the other creatures whose habitat is slowly being destroyed.  Most snakes are afraid of people.

Why bother to get that upset?
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If you do not have experience, do not bother......sm
I have had way too many inquiries from "non MTs" that think this job is easy.  Get an education and experience in-house first. 
and of course she/he doesn't bother
to spell drugs so mispronounced that they are impossible to figure out or experimental drugs that are impossible to look up even if they were pronounced correctly. 
CMT......why bother at 28 years?
Girl, 28 years experience speaks for itself. I would never go to the expense or hassle at your level of expertise. A friend of mine took it last year. The test is not online, that I am aware...she had to go to a local testing facility, something that sounds like "Prometrix" or something close to that name. The test was 6 hours, though you could finish before the 6 hour mark if you wanted. She said she came out shellshocked and was totally surprised she passed. She has to keep up 36 hours every 3 years of continuing ed to keep it, and she's only making 1 cent a line more, for which she has to agree to 2400 (YES, HUNDRED) lines a day to keep her little penny. I don't think I'll ever put myself through that, and certainly could not keep up the lines to keep my penny. That's in 8 hours. No way for me, and I've been at this for 7 years. Do what you want, but I really feel your experience is enough and the CMT would be a waste of your money and time.
Doesn't bother me at all.
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doesn't bother me what you say. sm
At least I can "speak" without the #@*@ words. Can you?

If you think I put in a LOL to "throw something in" so you will think I am sweet you got a nother think coming.

Are you trying to be cuddly?
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No. It'll be the most expensive magazine subscription you'll ever get, and it's unnecessary
I use EXText with my current job and I've used at a couple of other jobs I've had. I've ne

used DocQscribe, but I have used Meditech, Cerner, Vianeta, the Precyse platform (I can't remember the name), Dolbey, and  Lanier platform I think was called Cequence (?). 

Out of all the different platforms I have typed on, I have liked EXText the best.  In my opinion, it's very user friendly, easy to learn, and I really like ESP which is the built in abbreviation expander.  Plus it is very easy to create your own normals which I love.  My fingers literally never leave the keyboard because there are macro keys for everything.  You can use your mouse if you prefer or learn the function macros.  I love it.  I think I'm more productive on EXText than with any other platform.

gee, I don't know - would a peephole in the bathroom bother you?
Ask them if they are keylogging you. If they are not (haha) they may appreciate knowing they have the software.

Then get a new employer.
And then when you hire them do you bother to give them
Thanks for the info. I won't bother applying either. nm

In that case, why bother with a hospital?
I just don't get it. If they take away what is essentially the only perk the job has, why should we continue?
Does it bother any of you who work for a service
I accepted a job with a company not knowing that they outsource offshore until today and I have mixed feelings about whether I should continue looking for a different job or stick with this one.