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I can't get comfortable when I am working

Posted By: MT on 2008-03-13
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Maybe it is my setup.  The chair is old and weird-shaped, and the desk is awkward.  Any suggestions on equipment/furniture that will help me out?  I have a nice ergonomic keyboard, but other than that I'm so uncomfortable..  Plus, I don't have that much money.  What options would I have with a laptop?  What are some good chairs?

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You might get more comfortable with it and you

might be able to feed your kids, but think of all the time you spent doing all that crap when you could have been producing lines.   I worked for YOG years ago and their demographics screen was EXTREMELY time consuming and probably added at least an hour to my workday that I wasn't getting paid for. 

Change is harder for some and it takes a month or more sometimes to get a real feel for things, but I know there are better platforms and don't understand why if one company can come up with as easy platform, then why can't the others too.  

They look comfortable, but how do you (sm)
use a foot pedal with the knee chair?
Most comfortable chair please!
I am on a quest for a new office chair.  Cannot afford the Aeron.  Any other comparable ones out there????? Thanks!
Do what YOU feel comfortable doing. It's your day.
good luck
Is is very comfortable there where u live?...nm

Comfortable Chair?
Any suggestions on a COMFORTABLE office chair with good lumbar support that doesn't cost $600?  Thanks!
comfortable chair
I cannot afford an expensive chair, so went to Staples, got a leather chair, high back and arms, adjustable back and seat, ergonomically correct and it works for me. I have sciatica and neck and shoulder problems and this chair works fine - I paid 100.00 for it on sale.
comfortable chair
Hi - I found a great chair from the Hon company, their model 7608 from the Unanimous series. This chair retails for about $500, but many online dealers carry it for under $350. It's a quality chair and everything on it is adjustable - seat depth, back tilt and height, arm heighth and width, etc...

I'm really enjoying mine and got it from CSNchairs.com for $349.

Good luck!
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Anyone have any ideas for comfortable chairs, affordable comfortable chairs? I've been looking for a good chair and can't seem to find one.
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Comfortable chair
I am in search of a comfortable office chair.  I need one without armrests because I get "elbow burn".  The one I have now is worn out.  It keeps losing air and before the night is over I am practically sitting on the floor and have to readjust it.  Any suggestions?  May I ask what you have, the cost, and where you purchased it?  TIA
So you'd be comfortable hearing
that you have an eye disease like glaucoma or retinal detachment or cataracts or diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration, which will render you blind in time? Come on, eyes and teeth and feet and all the other parts are all protected by HIPAA, silly!
Most comfortable chairs.

Okay.  So, I have gone through two chairs trying to find a truly comfortable one and I am just not having any luck.  I believe because I am constantly trying to adjust myself to get comfortable in my chair, it affects my productivity.  My rear end starts to hurt and my tailbone will get sore when I shift.   I am just so tired for the search for a comfy chair.  So, would you all mind sharing with me a fairly economical comfortable chair preference? 

Thank you so much,

Yes, a larger font would be more comfortable. Thx! nm
Is anyone out there that is heavy truly comfortable with their body? sm

I have had a struggle with weight my entire life. As we speak now I am on Weight Watchers.  I don't want to be model thin because I know that is never happening and some people aren't made to be that way.  I am tall, an inch from being 6'.  Before when I look at pictures I am thinking "Hey, I was not so bad.  I DID carry my weight well."  But during those times I thought I was horrible.  Now, just topped the scale to 300 and I am scared to death!  In the past year, since working from home and being depressed, I have put on an easily 50 lbs.  I weigh more than I weighed with being 9 months pregnant with my son. 

Anyway, I know for my health I need to get my weight down.  But the question is - if you are heavy, how do you feel good about yourself and your body, enough to let that stress go so you can focus on other things in life?  This consumes my every thought.  Sometimes I think I need to see a psychiatrist to get this matter resolved. 

I pray daily and ask God to help.  I feel if I can learn to have a better self image of myself that I CAN conquer this goal and lose the weight.

Tips please....I don't look at other heavy women as ugly and fat.  A lot of people I couldn't imagine being thin, yet they look great!  I just wish I could picture myself that way. 

BTW - in the almost 6 years my husband and I have been married, he has NEVER seen my naked, even when I wasn't so heavy.  It is always "give me the covers, turn out the lights" and never intimate without clothes on.  I want real intimacy.  I want to feel good about myself. How do I achieve this while in the process of losing weight?

I agree with other poster -- it's your day and you should be comfortable and do exactly what you
want -- You could go with a simple headpiece with no veil.  I have seen one woman married in a very simple tiara which was beautiful. 
Me too! I'd love a new comfortable chair (nm)
Problem is they ALL feel comfortable
when trying them out in a store. You have to test drive it for a 4-hour stint to get the real feel of a work chair. That's how it is for me, anyway.
comfortable chair/bad back
I know this sounds unlikely but when my standard office chair broke some months ago in the middle of my shift, I removed my $7 K-mart canvas "camp" chair (used for fishing trips and picnics) from its drawstring canvas bag and,unbelievably, this has been the best, most comfortable chair I've had in years! The only drawback, of course, is that it is not on rollers/casters, but it is so lightweight, it's easy to maneuver around. I know it sounds strange but it has been just a blessing for my back & rear.
I weigh 290, am 5ƍ" and totally comfortable...sm
with my body. I've been overweight since I was a child. I've lost the weight several times over the past 30+ years but didn't maintain it long because I do enjoy eating. I work out at the gym 4 times a week. I got married this summer to a wonderful man that loves me for who I am and doesn't care that I'm fat. I have no problems with being naked in front of him. He is about 15 pounds overweight so he's basically at a good weight.

I have yearly physicals done and my labs always look great. I've read many articles/research studies showing that it's actually safer for an overweight person to stay at their weight than to go up and down the scales because yo-yo dieting isn't good on the body. I'm quite content with the way I look. I do anything I want to do. I don't get it while some people think that if you're fat you don't have energy. I have tons of energy - and each time I've lost weight it didn't increase my energy. I basically do whatever I want to do and enjoy life each day.
I've heard they are comfortable, though never tried one. Wasn't sure how
I would be able to use my foot pedal with it. 
Well, then how come people could live comfortable on one income back then? huh?
Don't give dates. Just summarize your experience. I'm perfectly comfortable with this.
Heading out of town, you guys all have fun while I'm gone!
Good point. I guess if you do not feel comfortable dislosing sm

a list of your clients to your subcontractors, you could only hold them liable if they try to contract work with the clients they know about, i.e. whichever accounts they work on.  If you have accounts with Hospitals A, B, C, and D, but the MT only works for and knows about Hospital A, then seems like she would be within her rights to solicit work from the others since she does not know they are your clients.  I am curious, though, if you have them sign a noncompete clause already and they are working for you, why would you be reluctant to share that information with them?  They would be bound by the contract.  Maybe I am missing something .. I usually do (ha).

Hope you figure out a solution to your dilemma.  :-)

Morency board and Kinesis keyboard along with comfortable chair
Hi, I have been doing transcription for 14 years and about 4 years ago purchased a Kinesis keyboard and Morency arm rest board and they have been a lifesaver.  The key to a comfortable chair is one you can adjust the height, back, seat, etc and once you get it comfortable make sure no one changes it ! Some chairs have arm rests if you don't get a Morency board and help out.
I've heard you can normally expect about 3 months before you feel comfortable on a new account. n
Wear scrubs, they're comfortable and you fell like you getting dressed for work See message.
Go to a local scrub shop, you can get a big bag full for about 100 bucks
You get more working the evening or night shifts and working w/o benefits. And producing like a mad
Ditto....granted I am not working much these days, but am currently trying out a new way of working
when I do work which seems to be helping.  I am timing myself and keeping a log of how long it takes to to type however many minutes.  I am averaging anywhere from 13-18 minutes of dictation an hour now doing this.  Granted the time fluctuates between who I am typing, and if I have to look up names, addresses, etc., just depends on the division I am doing at the time.  But work that used to take me 3 hours to do is now taking me under 2 hours, I am also trying to put in more macros as I go along, which slows me down initially but pays off in the long run of course.  I was working "all the time" before but took forever to get done since I was not applying myself. This new "attitude" has helped me a lot.  My goal, in the Fall, is to do 90 minutes a day consistently at 6 hours, and then maybe get up to 120 minutes a day at 8 hours, still while having at least half of the day free (do 60 minutes at night, and the other 60 by Noon).  Thereby doing 1200-1400 lines a day.  I have never really buckled down and done more than 8000 lines per pay period, so it will be a nice change.  Maybe you can do something like that and have a specific knock off time as was suggested below. 
Working holidays? Out shopping in stores where someone IS working

that holiday you refuse to work?  Grocery stores, food joints & seems any store is open on holidays and you expect them to be fully staffed, so why shouldn't we?

Yes, I took off for the first time on Christmas day, in 18 years and it was great, but I worked Christmas eve and this whole past weekend.

Someone has to do it!

working IN A HOSPITAL is different than working at home.
Someone can steal you identity from the internet if they want to. Why would you go to the time and trouble to jeopardize a job that requires some level of skill to steal someone's identity or medical records? You could get a job as a retail clerk and get info easier than going through the testing required to become an MT.
Somehow working at home translates into not really working
My in-laws are the worst. Whenever they plan something last minute and my husband says that I had to work, they say, "but she works at home!". When I one time mentioned I had a "schedule" and basically punch a clock and work full time, I don't think they believed me. They will sometimes call mid-day during the week if they are in the area to see if I want to go for lunch, etc! The best is, my husband doesn't make all that much money, so where is it coming from, the money fairy? I am ready to strangle someone! So I know how you feel and I'm sorry it upset you. You are not alone.
I daydream about NOT working while I'm working.

There are so many other things I need and want to get done.  I've been working way too hard lately, and summer is just slipping by again.  Well, I'm outty.

It's just what you're comfortable with and what you're used to.
I give a minimum of $100 for acquaintances and raise the bar from there to good friends, relatives, immediate family getting the largest gift. 
Working. LOL What else? nm
working out

Spinning is great if you only want aerobics, but a personal trainer deals with weight training. That's for building muscle, which speeds up your metabolism. You really need both (aerobics and weight training) if you want to slim down and shape up.

In either case, make sure you drink ice water. The body's reaction is, "What the heck is this stuff?! I'm getting cold here. Turn on the shiver mechanism." That's another way to speed up your metabolism.  

Working for self

It is harder now to break in than it was 15 to 20 years ago when I started but there is still accounts out there.   I got started part-time when working for a local hospital -- not even doing medical transcription.   I was an Admin Ass't but had done this in the past and one of our physicians on one of our boards could not get anyone to do his transcription so I started doing it part-time.  I had been a CMA, CMT, x-ray tech in the old days.  But had not kept up on my certifications when I went to work in the hospital.  But this started the ball rolling.  Since my hubbie then was a truck driver I did it to keep me out of trouble when he was out of town.  Then I started doing it full time.   I get accounts from the private docs that no one really wants, larger companies, and still do tapes, printing, delivering and pick ups.  I advertise and send out flyers and seem to get a bite when I need a new account.   I have 2 Surgical Oncologists, 2 IM's, 1 Plastic/Hand surgeon, and 1 Psych.   I have one permanent part-timer and one that helps out with overflow.  I charge from 10.5 to 12.5 cents a line depending on the account.  My rates are going up this month.  I also work in a clinic doing electronic charts but that is as an employee.    These docs are small and I keep my prices lower because I know what they get back from insurances, etc. are not that great.   I am paid within 3 days of receipt of invoice (usually the next day) have never had my line count questioned, have never had a check bounce and they make me a part of their team.  And yes, I am the one from six months ago that said I would bake them cookies and you know why.  But all I can say is look through the County AMA directories or phone books or if your hospital has physician offices in them, see who works alone and try sending out flyers or going door to door -- never hurts to bring cookies either.   But have been doing it for 15 years fulltime and make enough to support myself through a yucky divorce and pay an attorney $10,000 -- barely but did it.  Good luck.  Maybe if enough would do this for themselves much cheaper than the nationals we could all go back to making a good living.   Am going digital here in the next six months or so, but only to pick up a new account as my docs still prefer the tapes.  Trying to get them to change. 

You can E-mail me for any more questions.


It will get better--just keep working..nm
why because I tried working for both
I have nothing really bad to say about SS, I have had no lines stolen, I just dont understand what is being dictated I'm sort of new I have about a year's experience but in my opinion this is easier to learn in English before you go to extreme ESL work, I will say that SS gives you back all of your reports so that you can learn your accounts but they almost have to so you know what the people are saying 
are you working on?
Been with another office 8 years myself. Was a top producer for many years, then got put on DocQScribe over a year ago, now cant get my line count (???) - plus HATE the account. Requested to change accounts numerous times and pretty much got told to be quiet and type. Do they ever transfer MTs to different offices?
It is working now!
I went and updated my Norton AV (but I have it set up to update automatically whenever there are new updates) and restarted my computer, logged on, and opened IE and my WW page loaded! Go figure! :D

Thanks for suggesting updating my AV but I don't understand how that would have effected just that one web site. Perhaps, it is just coincidence but then again maybe not.

In any event, thank you so much for trying so hard to help me. I really appreciate it. :)
Are you currently working on ASR?
got an email from them about the horrible weekend backlog, but I also had no work - Amherst, 5 different accounts
working more than one IC job
Don't know where you got your info, but I've never been told by the IRS that I must work more than one job as an IC.  I must have missed that Big Brother memo, lol.
I too like working for MQ.
I never said I didn't like working for them. The only thing I responded to was your attitude. Why do you feel the need to defend MQ? If you're happy who gives a rats rear what anyone else thinks.
Working on it.... NM
where are u working for 11 cpl ??????
I am working on it.
I work at my Mom's house, but am setting up duplicate system at home.  I have DSL here at Mom's, at home only dial-up. 
Should be working
LOL - that is funny.  Why would anyone assume a male typist is gay?  I never would.  Know too many that are not only straight, but have kids.
Working Too!!
Hi:  No mee too...I am working!  Fancy that.  I am a single mom and I have to make ends meet, so well here I am typing away but I will take a few hours to be with friends in about an hour.  It's ok I am ok with it.  I do the best I can with what I have.  God blessed me with a beautiful daughter.