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I didn't know it had been discussed either - sm

Posted By: just me on 2005-07-23
In Reply to: Thanks - I posted the OP

I don't visit here often.

I have two kids at home (12 and 13) and I roll in the morning and then start to slide at the half way point myself.

I start at 7:30 and take a break about 11:30 or so for lunch, then work some more.

If I am really dragging... I start day dreaming a bit. Okay, a lot. Means i have to go back and read everything more thoroughly but the typing part gets done a heckova lot faster.

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105,000, discussed before.
This has already been discussed.....
on various threads.  Do a quick search or e-mail admin.
this was just discussed on the
company board. Go to it and scroll down to about 6/19 with comment from Oh, yes, it a full moon for sure. I thought there was another one, too, but I did not see it. Good luck to you.
this is discussed below.
Try a search as this has been discussed here before..
This has been discussed extensively. There is
if you discussed (in ANY way) business, yes.
have a receipt with date.
This is the big problem here and what we discussed
Never had famine, still donít.I had 2 children and worked out of the home. How can you let yourself go downhill and just say I sit here trying to make it. That is why this profession has gone down because of no one wanting to leave the house to have a job, just want to sit at home because they have a child. What happens when no money at all, do you still just sit there trying to make it. I had more get up and go, I guess, than what I am reading on here now days. I always wanted to have things like a roof over my head, food for the family, nice vacations and I worked for it. No wonder the companies are offering less and less money to do this job because they have found people willing to wait on things. Before long the workers are going to have to pay the employers to have a job.
TOOOO MUCH!! Which is why it was discussed BEFORE we had kids! LOL
He is adament that the kids will have balance, structure and guides (apparnetly as long as his mother does not object)...fine by me as I was raised that way...however, trying to get a kid to face facts when they were told it was not their fault and they they should be in trouble.....well gee...that is not a recurring line I want used in the house and have yet to get him to admit he was wrong since she told him he was not!  Hence, huge morality issue he needs to learn for his life.   Talking to him all you get is "they say"  instead of I did, I was wrong, etc....she has it in his head he is right, they are wrong!!!!  Our actions are our doing whether good, bad or indifferent.   
It sounds like you and BF have discussed a split up.

At least that's what I think I read below in one of the posts.

The economy of our country is in the toilet right now.  Very few things are secure.  Times are tough and fixing to get tougher.  If there is any way you can slow down, get your bearings, get into a halfway secure position --- your mental health will be better.

You need your mental health in order to be there for your kids.

Have you considered moving the "molehill" instead of the "mountain"?

If the BF has already been approached about the split, what is his position on HIM MOVING out and not you and the kids?  That would be lots less destructive for them.

Also, I wouldn't count on any PT transcription job anywhere right now.  Trust me on this.  This job type is so fluid right now - it's a circus.

I wouldn't move from square one until I got the FT at the hospital.  DON'T MOVE UNTIL YOU FIGURE OUT IF YOU CAN GET THAT JOB.  Then get into it, see what you have to work with.

Secondly, I would not leave myself dependent on the BF for anything but money, and then the courts can get it for you if he decides he doesn't like this, gets a new honey, or gets a "wild hair" and decides to leave the country.

Don't depend on him for babysitting, don't "be nice" and try to share the babysitting.  DON'T DO IT.  Get yourself positioned so you are calling all your shots. 

I know MT looks good on paper when they are selling you an idea of working from home and STAYING WITH YOUR KIDS, but it doesn't work.  The mom ends up the zombie and life becomes like the twilight zone.  I know.  I tried it.  You need to get at the hospital, get daycare, get your childsupport coming in, .........and then think about moving or even buying.  In fact, if you wait, the housing prices are expected to fall even more.  There was an article in our paper about it again yesterday.  Hold off.  If you rent, if the plumbing goes, if the A/C or heater goes......the landlord is responsible.

I don't know if this will give you some things to consider but I hope so.  I raised my kids by myself (of course it was different times but the men were the same, ugh!) and at some times I didn't seem them for having to work so many hours.  I wish now I had just gotten me a State worker job, 8-5, insurance, retirement, gotten a little house even if I had gotten on a program where it was federally assisted, and gone that route.  We could have been together as a family, I wouldn't be doing this horrible life I have now with trying to still work at 60 years old with no place to live.

Think about the future - it's right around the corner.  The kids will be gone and trust me, they won't look back even if they love you lots.  They will be BUSY and you will be an afterthought.  All things in moderation.

First thing - DON'T MOVE, let him move. 

Second thing - WAIT FOR THE FT JOB.

Third thing - Be getting that child support coming in.

I wish you the best. 

p.s. Even if you decide you just have to move and rent even a 2-BEDROOM...it can certainly be done.  My ggg grandparents raised 13 kids in a 2 bedroom old farm house.  Kids slept all over the place!    You and the older kid could share if it's a girl/or if a boy, let him share a bedroom with one of the little ones, and you put the other little one in your room and make a game of it - they will all pitch in and later you all will have "war stories" to talk about when everbody is grown up. 

Look on the company board, they are discussed
almost daily. 
language was being discussed - not just plead

look down 2 lines and you will see this subject discussed. nm
Discussed this with my boss yesterday
She said she had employees who are missionaries and as long as they maintain a legal residence in the US for tax purposes, she has no problem with it.
This is also discussed on the company board

I know this has been discussed before but how long does it take to relisten to reports that you have
typed. I know some people do that and some dont. So far I have done okay on QA but if I dont I was just wondering how much extra time per day you figure you need to relisten to reports. I usually do about 30 to 35 medium length reports acute care or 1800 to 2000 lines. What errors do you find mostly when you relisten or is it not worth the extra time it takes. Just curious.
And we've discussed this before on this board. Life is not that
simple for me. If I leave the state, I leave my elderly parents that I care for and I leave my minor children because they legally cannot cross state lines without their father's permission. He's not going to OK that. Besides, I'm happy doing MT. Who ever said I was not happy doing MT? It works great with all the family I have to care for. I just wish I hadn't wasted time and money going to college, especially when the job market in my state got oversaturated with other college grads.
Unlimited long distance...I know this has been discussed before...but..sm
just received letter from AT&T informing me that I cannot use their unlimited plan for what I am using it for, and if I continue to do so, they will charge me a per minute rate and/or remove the service.  I need to know where to go for an unlimited long distance package for transcription.  Please post and let me know what you all use.  Without unlimited, what the heck are we supposed to do? What does everyone else do?  Any help and info would be appreciated.  Thank you
Do a search for 'happy with your job' or something like that. This was discussed a few pages b
Anything related to AAMT is not discussed on this site.
Think this has been discussed before, but the sound quality will probably suffer if you do it. nm
Did you search? We discussed the Saitek Eclipse a few
This is strange. I just discussed a flexible on-call person
for radiology with the owner of Keystrokes, where I have worked for 4 years. We were discussing the feasibility of having someone trained on a few accounts, ready to do "x" number of reports a day without a fixed schedule, floating on a few different accounts.

If anyone is interested, please email the office. You can do so through the ads on the job seekers board.
This also involves AHDI, so I think it should be discussed here on the Main Board, not just MQ's
Not biting ... it's been discussed in heated detail on about pg 3 of this board. haha
Been discussed in the past that Word's line counter is lower than normal. Anyone else? nm
This was discussed recently. Would be chars. + spaces, but no indents, bold, italics, etc. nm
Well of course we know that now. Back then we didn't because he didn't allow unfettered access.
right we children didn't tattle to the administrator did we. BTW, didn't you think we were &#
because some half-witted idiot said everyone was jealous because some other anonymous poster said they were going to be a doctor. Didn't they call it doctor envy. Oh yeah, that was all about you wasn't it busy-body MT. You with your degree and premed but yet you still post here and acuse others of jealously. I dunno but you and dano seem so close, I can't put my finger on it but I would say you could be computer clones. Jealous indeed. Children indeed. I think you are blowing your covers) dano and busy body MT. This whole "jealously" thing makes me think that you may be one and the same poster.
I didn't go into labor until 2.5 weeks later, so it didn't work. Sorry!...nm
sorry I didn't have time to thank you, but I didn't forget!!

Didn't you tell me?!?!? No, Liza, you didn't tell me. Hooray for you! lol
Didn't know you could do that...
I didn't know you could pick and choose, thought you just went with what came onto your computer. 
Didn't know
How come Transcend isnt allowed to post here?  Because of taking on new clients?  I dont understand what that means.  They don't offshore, right?
Wow. Didn't like that one bit.

I feel sorry for the employees.  I can't believe they were making that much inhouse!  I was only making $12.00 and had to answer phones, file, photocopy, greet patient's etc.  I left to do this and actually make a bit more (and saving tons on gasoline), but to be making $150.00 a day and have benefits?  That's gotta hurt.  My former employer "offered" benefits, but my health insurance was nearly $600 a month out of my pocket.  My husband insures us now for half that.  I can't imagine not having that.

I was offended by the part of the article that referred to at home transcriptionists making errors,etc.  I know for a fact that most big companies do not hire "newbies."  My poor niece was under the impression that all she had to do was take the MT course (don't remember the name, but it was a good one).  Even though she graduated early with high honors, she still can't find a job with a national. She found a few local accounts and is only making 5.5 cents per line.

I don't know about everyone else, but I've been doing this for 16 years and I found the "testing" for nationals frustrating!  I thought I failed miserably and was shocked when I was hired as my testing was 98% (2 of four dictators being fast talking ESLs and ER reports which I have never done and won't do again).

Ad in my paper today says:  "You too can work at home!  Become a Medical Transcriptionist!"  Seminar held at the holiday Inn and the ad gives the impression that anyone that can actually use a keyboard will be hired right off and make tons of money.

No way, tell me they didn't...sm
"they took out internet fees, insurance, etc."

Maybe I misunderstood the above. You don't mean your regular benefit deductions from a paycheck, do you? I can understand taking out taxes, but I'd raise holy heck about taking out benefit deductions. It certainly is not a regular payroll paycheck.

Along those same lines, I recently separated from a company that I worked for 2-1/2 months. When I first started, I had signed up for health insurance and the flexible spending account. You know, there's usually a 3-month waiting period before these benefits begin, and before they start taking out the deductions. Since I gave notice before the 3 months was up, I was shocked to see they began taking the deductions out on my last paycheck. I told the supervisor that I wanted that money back. They did make me wait for the next payroll, but I received that money back just today! It's worth a try!

2 cents, huh? As if you're not insulted already by the fact that they cheated you in the first place. The MTs should demand to know how they arrived at their amounts, and then be able to verify it.

I worked for them for 2 years and my line counts rarely matched theirs. Supervisors could not explain the discrepancy either. Two months after I quit, the news about the MT class-action lawsuit came out. Personally, I don't trust them.

Have a great time shopping on your unexpected money!!
I didn't have any out of the NE
yesterday either...the Warminster office.  Haven't checked yet today...almost afraid to!
No I didn't see
Scarborough Country last night.   This whole mess is so sad and government at all levels is a disgrace.  People quibbling over whether they are "refugees" or "evacuees."  How utterly ridiculous.  Not to mention the quibbling over those who deserve help and those who don't.  Those who have already been receiving social services from the government will continue to receive priority help from the government and those who are trying to help themselves will be forgotten just as they have always been. 
Didn't you know....
It's more important in PC America to have somebody who speaks every other language EXCEPT English, so that those who can't speak English will be able to conduct their business.  In So. California you can hardly get a job dealing with the public unless you can speak Spanish.  Same with the border towns in Texas.  Talk about discrimination.  However, your situation was probably the almighty buck... Cheaper to contract to the call answering centers in India than to hire someone here.  I once had to call a tow truck with my AAA card.  Guess what?  Somebody in India trying to dispatch a tow truck in the United States.  Couldn't understand me whatsoever.  Same with my computer support number... India.  The guy had me clicking on this and that to fix my little problem and before I knew it, he had me return my computer to factory settings (didn't tell me ahead of time and I knew the second I hit the button what I was doing, but it was too late) and I lost everything saved on my computer.  I was LIVID! 
It is 26% , not 30%. I didn't say 30%.
Get it right. Geez.
Sorry, no. But I didn't want to let

I'm sure you already know there's lots of information on line.  My guess is that you wanted to hear someone's personal experience with the same problem.  I'm a relative "oldie" myself.  

I also don't have to tell you that your orthopedist is your absolute best and clearest source of information.  The only suggestion I do have is that you develop a list of specific questions to ask him, and only him, during your upcoming appointment.  Good luck. 

I didn't know
they had any ads posted. I was just searching around, googled Transcription companies and found their name, went to web page, etc.
The Website sounds like a totally legit, US MT co. You would never know it was offshore unless you asked. Good thing you asked before you went any further. Wonder why they ran an ad for US MTs if they are offshore? Maybe trying to get a US side started? I will have to keep the reverse lookup in mind, but Im sure not all companies will be that sloppy. I wish there was another way to find out that stuff. Were they nasty to you when you told them you wouldn't type for them? Thanks for the info!!!!
Well, I'[m sure she didn't think of that one!

...and I suppose you are perfect...never made a mistake or had bad judgement?  This is NOT what she needs right now.  Don't you think she knows she did wrong?  Get over it.  She is asking some very serious questions and doesn't need any moral opinions, okay?

They said I didn't have...sm
enough experience, which I thought was strange because I have nearly 10 years.  They passed on hiring me without so much as a test or speaking to me, and now I am the QA director of another company.  Kind of funny.  Their loss, not mine!  Glad I stayed where I am at.
Sorry, should be DIDN'T see that one.
I didn't see it as an ask for help.
deal with it everyday and do my best and go on.
Oh, Wow! Didn't think....

it would be that easy. I was absolutely in the dark on this.

I will be using the other keyboard, though, because the letters are completely worn off this one.


Maybe the best, but I tried em and didn't like em.
i didn't say
I worked for a national. Matter of fact i work for a very small company.
didn't anyone tell you to take them at the same
time every day, not the morning 1 day and noon the next, etc?
I didn't have a mean QA, BUT!!!

I had one that made me feel more than inadequate!  Nitpicky corrections EVERYWHERE!!! Going as far as--if the whole report was dictated in present tense and 1 word was dictated past, and I changed it to present, I would hear about it--then again, if I didn't change it, I would hear about it, too!  It was a no win situation for me.

There were always dumb corrections being made to my reports, always non-medical.  I just felt like no matter what way I would do something...I would get corrected back to the other way.  I never, EVER got any corrections back that were necessary.  Never changed the meaning of any report! I was to the point where I was spending 8-9 hours on 30 minutes of dictation..and I am NOT KIDDING!! trying to make sure that all of the "little" words were perfect. I was so paranoid the whole time--only to get more corrections!

I have QA'd at 99% to 100% monthly (never dropping below) on a verbatim accounts for 2 other companies and just could never understand why I couldn't do ANYTHING right for the other company.

Needless to say, I am a lot happier now with a much higher line count for sure!! Lol, making as much, if not more, elsewhere in 5 hours a day as I was for the other place 8-9-10 hours a day.