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I got up early, worked during naps, and worked when DH got home.

Posted By: me on 2007-06-22
In Reply to: To daycare or not to daycare?! - Alyssa

You have to be disciplined to make yourself work when baby is napping instead of maybe watching TV or doing housework, etc.   

I might also go the route of having a teen come into your home, or either trying a mother's morning out program at a local church/daycare.   I've been home since my youngest was born and he has never been in all-day daycare, but I did have him in a mother's morning out program 15 hours a week at a local church.   It didn't help a lot with my work schedule because I had an older son in school and was a room mom and tutored other kids, but that might be an option.  The only problem with the mother's morning out program is they are around other kids and tend to pick up every germ.  I finally took my DS out of the program because he stayed sick.  You were supposed to keep them off if they had green nasal discharge and I did, but no one else did.  Every time I got him well after 2 to 3 days back he would be sick again.  Other than that it was very good for him because he would not have had a chance to be around kids his age otherwise. 

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Worked in early 90s for 15 cpl
I work in a clinic and am salaried. I decided to pick up some extra work at home and try out one of these companies. Offered 9 cpl...In early 90s, I worked at home for 15 cpl for the local hospital. Who are these companies kidding?  What's up with that? I think I'll call the hospital back. But I've heard they are outsourcing now, so they may not pay that anymore either. I believe all these companies out there have been the cause of the drop in OUR pay. Whatcha think?
Early in my career I worked for a service in the office. I gave my notice after almost two years...

with them because I got a job with a hospital that paid better and had better benefits.  I gave my notice and the office manager made my life heck for my remaining two weeks.  He gave away my desk, my chair, my transcriber (we were still transcribing cassettes back then).  I spent the next two weeks shuffled between workstations and using the crappiest equipment they had.  He also refused to give me any help on my account.  It was a huge family practice from which I would get at least seven 90 minute tapes a day from them.  Before I gave my notice, I was the lead on the account and had three other people helping.  When I gave my notice, he couldn't spare anyone to help me and I got several tapes behind.  I kept telling him I was behind and he would just say do what you can.

Long story short, he tried to stiff me on my last paycheck because he said my account was way out of turnaround time and I had cost them money.  He had told the owner of the service that I had never asked for help and that I purposefully held tapes back to screw them.  I ended up taking them to small claims court to get my money.

Some people are just ugly people that take EVERYTHING personally.  You can't win with people like that.  They are unprofessional.  I wouldn't worry about your boss' attitude.  In a couple of weeks, he'll just be a memory.

my take is that she worked inhouse, not at home, and now wants to find out how to work at home. nm
My mom worked outside of the home
because she had to. She raised 4 of us on her own with no help at all. I grew up just fine and learned a great set of values that people seem to lack in these times. My kids are being brought up the same too. You can be a working mother and still be a good mother. There are plenty of people who do it and do it well. The problem is when the mom does not participate at all in that child's life or doesn't have a dad who does either, especially when the kids are being given everything handed to them and not given any structure.
You must not have worked outside your home, ever
because you would not have to ask a question like this. If you worked in an office, do you think you would be allowed to have all these outside interruptions. No, not at all. No family, pets, hubby, etc., etc. It is a wonderful thing to be able to work from home and you should work, not do other things that are not part of your job description. I know lots of us work on production and we should not take advantage of a very good thing. Be a responsible worker. When I work I take the time only for a drink of water or a bathroom break, nothing else. I do no housework, no cooking, no playing with the animals because I take my work seriously.
My DH worked from home for about 2 years

I felt like a hermit when he went back to a conventional office job! 

I take it your husband isn't working at the present time?  Did I understand you correctly?  How the heck are you getting bills paid? My DH makes 3 times what I do so I couldn't imagine living on just my pay as an MT.  Just curious!

My EX worked for 10 weeks from home.....
the summer BEFORE I kicked him out.  Why you ask?  Because he was LIVING with a woman he met the previous time he was sent to that location.  I could never get him on the phone and he said it was because he was working nights and had the phone unplugged.  I eventually smelled the GIGANTIC rat and called him onto the carpet.  He eventually confessed.  Saying that he's worried about you driving is a handy little excuse, but I wouldn't necessarily buy it.
worked in a funeral home
I used to be a secretary in a funeral home and this is not uncommon at all.  Its been years ago, but I think a family would contact the funeral home and the funeral home would then get in touch with the cemetery and make the necessary arrangements with them.  I think as far as costs go it was just the opening and closing of the plot.  Like I said it has been well over 10 years that I worked there, but call the funeral home and they should be able to take it from there.  Hope this helped.
before I worked at home and for services

and when you physically *see* 3-year-old kids with leukemia or others kinds of cancer, it can very well break your heart but you see  how brave they are....in dealing with their illnesses.  I couldn't take it after about 5-6 years in both radiation oncology and then surgical oncology....

and started working for MT service right after my stint and then from home.  I absolutely love transcribing oncology even though it's sad, it is not as sad as physically seeing the patients in person.....



When I worked at home for a hospital
I had all of the benefits, but the hospital I worked at did not go by production.  They just basically paid per hour.  They did not expect a certain amount of work be done in a certain amount of time.  I had access to the software the hospital used.  This probably won't help you, but it has only been 2 years since I left the hospital.  I make way more with my own accounts.  If the benefits you are seeking have to do with retirement, then you may be better off setting up your own retirement account because if you are older, you will need to be vested before you even begin to think about a pension. 
I've worked in-house and at home ....
I find that even when you're in-house, with the nature of the job, there's no time for chit-chat.  When I worked in-house we had production minimums and there was incentive to earn if you produced, so who has time to talk?  I'm with you.  I'm happy being here in my comfy clothing without all that aggravation.  Let is snow, I don't have to drive in it!
That's exactly the reason I worked at home for 15 years.
Very annoying and petty.
I worked as a nurse in a nursing home before
getting into transcription. I do not ever remember a case where medications were placed on the MAR (medication administration record) based on a transcribed report. Ours were based on handwritten orders from the transferring facility. There were times when phone calls had to be made in order to clarify or get an order for a correct dosage based on the handwritten orders. EVERYONE involved in patient care has to strive for excellence, from the doctor to the nursing assistant.
I worked for a hospital at home for 4 years. sm
We had to work set hours. My advice is allow youself 1/2 hour for lunch, and at least two 15-minute break periods. Work 2 hours, take a break, work 2 hours, take a lunch break, etc. Otherwise, you may find yourself having back, shoulder and hand problems. Working 9 hours may seem like a drag, but not being able to work at all is even worse. Remember, if you were working on site, you would not only have to work 8-1/2 hours, but would have travel time on top of it. Just my experience.
I worked at home for the local hospital here.
It was fine. They paid hourly and provided equipment. We had plenty of work and had to stick to a set schedule. They do use a service or two for overflow, but it is strictly overflow. The hospital still has employees working at home. They don't ALL outsource. (And ironically, some hospitals are taking back their transcription and hiring in-house and at-home MTs!)
Every company is different -- I worked FT for one as an employee but worked a split shift - sm
So I never took breaks. I would work 5 hours, break for about 4 hours then do another 3. Another company I worked for did not care what hours you worked (IC) but wanted a min. amount of work each day, 500 for PT and 1000 for FT-- BUT they paid you by how many lines an hour you put out, the higher the lph the higher up the scale you made per line in pay; they have since changed everyone to a flat rate with incentive. But bottom line, if you are an IC it does not matter what hours you work, though many ask for a schedule and ask you to stick to it, they just want you to meet line requirements daily, i.e. 1000 per day, 1200 per day, whatever it is.
My kids were out of control before daycare, when they were home with me while I worked all day.
Are you against school too?  I guess you are going to homeschool...... 
I worked at Home Depot awhile back
for 3 years in the paint department. I have done them all and also taught the classes on Sundays. You might want to call your local Home Depot and ask when they have their paint classes. Lots of information, and they should let you try out the techniques as well.
I've worked at home for years and mothered sm
4 babies during that time. Buy a battery-operated swing and put it right beside your desk. I breastfed all of mine, too. They would swing and sleep, then when they woke up I'd take a break and nurse and then put the baby back in the swing. Get one that reclines and the baby will be very comfortable. That battery-operated swing allowed me to continue working. It was worth every penny I paid for it, and then some! Good luck and enjoy your little sweetie. She will grow up much too fast.
I surely lost out on that, worked from home for a hospital
for 2+ years and required to come in house for meetings and never, never paid for my gas nor my time down and just asked to make it up. After that we got outsourced to a company and guess what again? Meetings at their place and again no pay!! I bet others who see this probably have had the same thing happen to them. Your place exceptional.
And I disagree with that. I've worked home and in-house,
Everyone is different and some people don't rely on jobs to provide social interaction. When it comes to my job, I prefer being at home working independently without a lot of interruptions and enjoy the freedom of working from home. If I were stuck in an office with rigid hours, then I'd be resentful. Personally, I loathe being stuck in an office full of catty backstabbers and love the solitude of home. When I want to socialize, I call one of my friends.

You also have to be able to let QA remarks roll off your back a little, but that only works if you don't have the threat of being docked or terminated as a result of those QA remarks. Find an MTSO that doesn't hold those things over your head (yes, they do exist).

I do think the key IS where you work, but not home versus office - it's finding a company that values MTs, not sees them as mere production machines. They are few and far between, but they're out there. I lived through my share of bad apples in this biz before finding the good ones, so I speak from experience.
I worked on that system when I worked there...
The thing that chapped my hide about that TWS was that they designed it so that all the headers of each section of the report were canned and thus you were not paid for them, even though you had to take your hand off the keyboard and mouse down a list of paragraph headers to chose the one you needed.  Just racking up more profits for themselves.  Ticks me off.
that is what is being worked out, and has been worked on for the last few years already...only
why are we just hearing this now? I know voice recog has been around, but this is entirely different. This will also make coding and billing obsolete.

Don't know why, but it just bothers me that one of our 'own' is the one pushing this...and she is also connected with AAMT. Do they support this, and if so, what is their advice I wonder to the MT?

Perhaps that is one question for their website (I do not subscribe to their mag or credentials...)

Thanks, for the input!
Thanks, that worked for me! nm
TY, TY, TY, that worked. nm
This one worked for AT&T. I was trying to pay
my bill in advance, but you cannot just do that, you have to talk to the credit department. Well, too bad, I no longer use AT&T.
I did not say I worked for SS. I don't know
even know what company SS is? I work for a company where I get paid for spaces. As for transcribing about 65% ESL charts, I typed the same 2 doctors over and over yesterday who love to stat their charts. I had nothing but them my first 3 hours of work. I was beginning to think that all the other doctors had quit and left them to do everybody's work because I had nothing but them. It seems on Saturday and Sunday my work is filled with nothing but ESLs because they are the only ones who like working on weekends. The rest of the week is not so bad but the weekends are the worst for ESL coverage.
OSi is probably the BEST I have ever worked for - sm
I have worked for OSi for almost a year now, and they are BY FAR the most flexible, best paying, most caring management, and have never felt like I was "just" a transcriptionist.  There are so many bonuses, GIFTS out of the blue.... great company, very stable...
I worked for them
Briefly, it was a major problem. From the training to the getting back with me to helping out and getting things staright. They have a lack of management skills to say the least. I left them due to this. Maybe things would be different for you.
I worked for a nut (sm)

who always wanted perfect documents.  Even worse was when I found out there were other MTs making a bunch of mistakes and leaving a lot of blanks on the same account!  So I was to do perfect documents while the others were turning in crap?  No less than 8 mistakes or blanks on one page?

I finally wisened up and quit.  They're always behind and looking for people, I wonder why, duh.


I also worked for DDI...
when MQ bought them out.  I stayed with MQ for about 6 months after that and then moved on.
this is what worked for me...

When I worked 3rd shift, at first I tried going to bed around 10 in the morning and getting up around 5 p.m. when my husband got off work.  However, it got to the point that I felt like I didn't have a life at all.  I didn't have time to run any errands or even do simple things like clean my house because all I wanted to do was sleep.  What worked best was when I started staying up until around 2 p.m and then sleeping from then until around 7:30 p.m.  That gave me time to do everything I needed to do during the day and feel like I was able to function, and getting out in daylight instead of only being awake when it's dark definitely improved my mood, too. 

It took me a good 2 months before I got adjusted to 3rd shift, but I actually ended up enjoying it more.  If you do decide to go to 3rd, put up dark curtains, blinds, whatever you need to do to make your room feel like nighttime when you're trying to sleep.  Also make sure you turn off the ringers on your phones because there are always people who don't understand what it's like to work nights and will call you when you're trying to sleep. 

As far as staying awake during your shift, make sure you get up and move around every so often, keep the room very bright and a little cool, and keep the Mountain Dew or the coffee handy.  Go luck! 

that worked, thank you!

This worked for me
I had trouble getting paid as an IC until I did the following:  I started billing on the 1st and 15th of each month.  I put a 10-day balance due date on the bill.  There is a note at the bottom of the bill that says if any balance is carried more than five days past the due date, the old balance PLUS the new balance is due before transcription services are resumed.  Its a bit aggressive, but I was tired of making less because of paying late fees on my bills.  Since I started this policy, I'm paid ON TIME by all of my docs. 
I tried everything and this is what worked for me
I had beige carpet, too, tried Resolve, OxyClean, dishwashing soap, etc.  The only thing I didn't try was a special cleaner specifically for red stains (Red Out I think it's called), but it was $10 a bottle and I had only one stain.  What finally worked for me was saturating the stain with club soda, then lying a dry washcloth on top of it and applying a warm iron on top.  It draws the stain up into the washcloth.  You could try a paper towel, too.  I had a big spot that was a few months old by then, so I had to repeat this twice I think, but it finally came out.
what worked for me

Just look at the symbol:    < >

The widest part of the symbol is next to the larger number:  7 < 9
9 is larger than 7
The smaller part of the symbol is next to the smaller number:   10 > 8
8 is smaller than 10


Have you worked for all of them?
If you have actually worked for all of these companies and know this for a fact.....then you have the right to post such a statement. If you have not worked for each and every one of them....it is not a fair statment.

If you have worked for them all, perhaps the problem is with you because that is a lot of job hopping.
Here's what worked....sm

I did turn on the lawn sprinkler and it worked like a charm.   The neighbors on both sides also ended up turning theirs own as well to keep the kids away. 

I think I started something!  

I think I worked for them (sm)

So glad I quit!  Spaz 

When I worked in
a hospital as Trans. Supervisor, I actually had several docs who were horrible dictators come listen to their own dictation. Most were embarrassed when they heard how bad they sounded, and many cleaned up their act afterwards.
Yes, that worked for me too

I wish you the VERY best of luck and medical care.   I'm a survivor and if you ever need to vent, talk, whatever (even though you don't know me and I don't know you), feel free to email.  Sometimes its easier to sound-off at someone you don't know, ya know?  Actually what worked best for me was humor, I'd laugh at the silliest (and DUMBEST) stuff!

Incidentally ...... did you find a crockpot or toaster oven in that throwing out stuff?? hehe

I worked for a while on HMA-AIM
Wow, what a mess that was. I never made it past the first two months. It was horrible. Plus I had absolutely no training on the platform at all.
Thanks so much - it worked!!

Almost worked for them.
I was hired by them when I was a student, thought it would at least be experience and a little money. Let me emphasize little. Well, two weeks after I was supposed to start, I still had no foot pedal! I called them and they said they were waiting for a shipment. I quit them right then and there. Student or not, nobody deserves to get jerked around like that.

Good Luck.
I also worked there.....
Never had any trouble with QA.  I was never told I had to have AIM on while I was working like the other person mentioned.  I usually had it on, though, because of all of the questions I had in the beginning.  I was on the oncology account, which was fine at first....they started me on good clear dictators to get me used to the account, but once I was cleared from QA, I got lots of ESLs, plus it was time-consuming having to look up stuff for the demo screen (clinic numbers, doctor IDs, etc.), and at the rate of pay I was getting, it just wasn't worth it to me to stay there.  The people are very nice, though, and paychecks were always deposited on time. 
I also worked for one
I worked for a chiropractor who uses the Activator method. This is adjustment with a small tool that does not have the "rack them and crack them" dangers. It gently pushes your spine back into place. He also has a holistic apporach to his practice, and life. I was in an accident a few years ago and went into the ER where the rude doc told me that my back and neck had nothing to do with my abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and severe, very severe dizziness, and headache. He thought that I needed to be on narcotics for pain and meclizine. I went to my chiropractor after that frustrating event for an adjustment and never needed either once I was adjusted my problems went away. Then the next day I went to PT and the therapist ran his hand up my occipital nerve and said "I bet this was causing the dizziness" and sure enough hubby said I went sheet white and I felt the dizziness again, and almost passed out. Anyhow, now before I see a medical doctor to be on yet another drug, I go to see my chiropractor. Remember your neck bone is connected to your ankle bone. Good luck!
I have worked for more than one
doctor (4 to be exact) for the last couple of years (They're all small accounts). I have different colored binders for each doctor that I write down all their information in. When I'm working on a certain account I just have their binder out in front of me. I also have clear rubbermaid containers labeled with the doctors name to keep anything pertaining to their account such as their letterhead, envelopes, etc. in. This not only lets me keep track of the right supplies but also keeps them from getting dirty. Good luck.
I worked for a doc . . .
I worked for an ophthalmologist whose techs and secretary in the office dictated his notes.  He rarely dictated anything.  They dictated by looking at the chart notes.  Their initials were put at the end along with his.  If it is indeed illegal, I am sure that office is still doing it, although I don't work for them anymore.
Something that worked even better for me is..
called Relora.   It really relaxes me without any drugged feeling. It is over the counter and also helps curb appetite a bit but definitely a relaxant.  Good luck!
I worked 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

and maybe a nap here or there..but that was good enough for me. I am generally a night person, but the shift got old fast with me.  I felt like a zombie walking around all day sometimes. I just couldn't get the right sleep schedule down. I was tired no matter what I tried. 

I am back to working my evenings to around 1-2 a.m. and that is working waaaay better for me.

Good Luck!  It would be nice if you could try the schedule out just to see how you feel.

Several have tried and it worked == try again -- nm