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Update on another one burned by Four Seasons Transcription

Posted By: Shocked speachless! on 2008-02-11
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Okay shocking news here.  I just received part of the pay Robin owes me.  Why, not sure.  Supposedly she''s in the hospital, but I also was told she's famous for "being in the hospital for surgery" as an excuse for nonpayment.  I'm still not sure what made her go ahead and pay part of what she owes me... I just hope my other invoices get paid as she bills the acct for them.  Now if she seriously was in the hospital she has my sympathy BUT according to other MT's she's burned... this is a signature Robin move... minus the actually getting paid... I honestly don't know what to say.

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Yet another one burned by Robin Hall/Four Seasons Transcription

Robin managed to find me via Guru.com.  I wish I had read the earlier warnings about her on here back then.  I kept on working believing she way pay, falling for her excuses.  She's very good at what she does.  My paycheck was 5 weeks late when I finally said enough and told her I could no longer work for her on 02/01/08.  Since that time I haven't been able to contact her through home phone, cell phone, e-mail, yahoo messenger or anything.  I even tried calling her business number listed on her website for Four Seasons... guess what... that number has been disconnected with no forwarding number.  She got me for over $800.  The part I feel the worst about is I referred a friend to her shortly after starting with her myself.  Robin now owes that friend over $900 and has still not paid her to this day.  I know there's nothing I can do (still investingating legal action though) about what she did to me.  I mainly want to warn other MT's about her.  Please... before any of you accept a job at ANY company IC or employee.... check them out in any way possible.


Another scammer - Robin Hall (Four Seasons Transcription) sm
Robin Hall CONTINUES to scam MTs and get away with it. I get emails weekly from MTs who cannot get their paychecks from her. I find it absolutely incredible that she can continue to get away with this, but she does. After she had to leave here, she moved over to guru.com. I contacted them and warned them about her, but she wound up scamming some people there and has since been banned. Kind of an interesting aside - heard from a reliable source that Robin was giving hospitals a false Tax ID#. Go figure!!
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It was always fall when I lived in the northeast.  Now that I live in Texas, it's winter.
Seasons Greetings
I truly hope you all had a very muzzy Christmas and have a hairy new year.
We have 4 seasons here....
probably more reinfall that most states though!! We do have winter, spring, summer and fall though. Just had 93 degrees last Monday though, that was unusual. Now, rain, but that is typical for the month of May. I have heard Iowa is really nice. My dad said Twin Falls, I think?? is supposed to be great weather-wise with some very nice weather, but don't you get a lot of snow in the winter? I don't like the cold. Not that it isn't here!!
I get this every change of seasons (sm)
Here's what helps:

Claritin-D - recommended to me by a pharmacist. It's much better than anything else I've tried. You'd think all the OTC stuff is pretty much the same, but it really is better.

Neti pot - do a search online. Little pot thing for irrigating your sinuses.

Humidifier - a pain to clean out, but helps with the dry heat.
I think 6 seasons total.
I too did not watch from the start - but began to watch the reruns on HBO on Demand from the beginning - and have now seen them all, around 3 times each!!! If anyone hasn't seen it - do yourself a favor and watch on Demand or rent the DVDs beginning with Season 1 and enjoy - you're in for a great ride! The most cleverly written women show ever - hysterical AND poignant! It will make you laugh out loud and sometimes cry. I am in love with all four of those women - Samantha, Carrie, Miranda and especially Charlotte - and I'm straight! LOL!
It changes just like the seasons. You need to search
e-bay and get a feel for what sales.  I'm trying to declutter my house and anything that I think is of value I check on e-bay.  Many times there are 100 of the same item and none of them are getting any bids, so it isn't worth listing there.   I would recommend you trying your local Craigslist.   No guarantee it will sell there either but it doesn't cost to list.  
Tryin to book a vacation. Does anyone know when hurricane seasons starts and ends? Nm
30 yr and not burned out
I suppose it is different for everyone as to how to keep it somewhat fresh.

for me, maybe it is because I seldom 'kill' myself on the job (rather 'for' the job) anymore unless there is a dandy bonus. I have a comfortable pace, take frequent breaks and set reasonable line count goals.

When i'm done working, I make time for myself, relaxing, gardening, messing with my critters, etc.

I try to keep a good attitude about my work (venting when i'm irritated vs. getting ulcers) and am truly thankful for what God has provided, which helps reinforce the good attitude.
I have been an MT for 15 yrs and I am burned out too. Don't know how people say they
But I crashed and burned.

All three MTSOs had the bulk of their work on the same day each week, so it didn't work out.  I quit one and only do the small one on the weekends or evenings.  I asked the "good" one for more hours so I didn't have to work three jobs.

It's one thing to think about how much money you "could" make if you were working XX hours at XX lines per hour.  It's quite another thing to actually do it.  I get slower the more I type and the later in the day it gets.  It's better for me to get up early and crank out as many lines as I can by noon.  Then if there's anything left, I can do it at a leisurely pace.

Me thinks you have burned one too many..
I'm also in agreement with the movement to legalize marijuana, but come on--do you think this group shares your views? Save your passion for the petitions.

I am so burned out....someone revive me please!!!!
I have been doing this job for 14 years and my production has just bottomed out.  I just can't seem to get anywhere.  I have a great job working from home for a hospital who sent us all home eight years ago with health insurance, great dictators, large volume of work (270 bed hospital) at 11 cpl on a 60-character line.  I also work for a brain and neurospine clinic at home and they pay me 13 cpl on a 65-character line.  I could be making all kinds of money, but I just can't seem to get motivated anymore.  I really don't want to change jobs, I just need some ideas on how to get yourself going again after being in a slump.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated before my husband kills me for not pulling my weight on the financial part.  Thanks guys  
burned to a crisp

Anyone else finding it difficult to stay focused in long dictations?  I can feel energetic when first logging on to work, but after a couple of long dictations, I'm burned out and ready to throw up.  Wondering if I need to change careers after over 2 decades in this field.  Didn't used to get burned out like this.  Menopause kicking in, too, and it seems like my memory is going...

burned to a crisp
Thanks, you guys, for helping me feel like maybe I'm not losing my mind. :) Great ideas from both of you (vitamins, herbs, lots of water, splitting the day into halves or thirds). I know that I'm capable of doing so much better (if I only had a brain, like the song from Wizard of Oz!). I used to be super-productive and made excellent money. Nowadays, I can barely pay my bills. I second that emotion about naps during the daytime.
burned to a crisp
Wow. You DO sound happy! I'm happy for you. :) Do you need a degree to enter your career field?
I have been an MT for 15 years. I feel burned out, SM
and was wondering how others deal with it. I can't seem to get my momentum back.
You have my respect, I was that way for years, but got burned out! nm
those burned oils stick to EVERYTHING.

I've thought about it, but am usually too burned out ..(s/m)
.. at the end of the day to want to do more transcribing. But that may be a good way to get my feet wet... maybe filling in as a part time IC for someone who is on sick leave or vacation, so it would only be temporary.

Thanks for your thoughts!
I'm majorly burned out. I have CTS, and I've

recently started on antidepressants.  While I haven't actually changed companies I've been looking.  I've interested and/or tested with multiple companies and every one has offered me a position, but none of them can offer me the flexibility that I need, the line rate I currently make, the easy platform I have, not to mention I have been with this company 5 years so I'm comfortable with my dictators.   The thought of having to change all that I think would be too stressful, so I'm staying put.  I don't really have any issues with my company, I just thought a change might help get me out of this slump.  My line count keeps going down and I need it to go up.

Sorry I can't answer your question, but wanted to let you know you aren't alone.  I agree with other poster, take some time off.  It might not be the solution long-term, but it will give you some time to rest.   Even if you just take a 1/2 day off (since you're an IC and you s/l you need the $$) it will help.  


We all get burned out, don't feel alone. That is good (sm)
money. You can set your own hours, etc. But, taxes are a concern as well. I went to work for our local nursing home and found it more rewarding emotionally. Actually was left money by a lady I use to stay and play cards with. So just remember to be true to yourself and there are people who do good things when you least expect it. So your efficiency obvious has not gone ignored, but take the break if you feel you need it and go back when your ready. That's the great thing about being an IC!!
Try "jaded and burned" and it's more accurate
Sure, there are bad MTSOs, but I get sick of people blaming all the MTSOs for all the problems. Flaky transcriptionists are nothing new; it seems they just "get around" more now that we have Internet based transcription.
Once bitten, twice shy. Twice burned, thrice learned. :) nm
BioSpot not safe, burned the hair off the back of my cat.
please see link. Cheaper when using pesticides on your animal companions is definitely not the way to go, and use all other topicals very sparingly.

Unfortuantely this lady has pretty much burned her bridges with everyone years ago. sm
No one...and I mean no one will set foot in that house to relieve my in laws. It is a very sad situation.
You're right, i spend way too much time on this board when should be working, I am just so burned
Agree, verbatim transcription equals poor quality transcription.
Know AIM transcription system, never heard of Hull transcription. Are you sure
you are not thinking about DHull who is a recruiter for MDI-FL?  They use the AIM system. 
You're not losing it, you're burned out on your main job.
I feel for you... I am having my own "version" ;-) of these kinds of struggles. Lots of recent changes at the admin level have made my job do a 180, going from a really great one to a really crappy one.

For me, it's a struggle to get through the day with a shred of motivation. I get distracted in the way you discuss as well.

I just try to make my environment as comfortable as possible and make the best of it while I decide what the best way is to deal with the burnout... I figure if I can't change my inner brain workings so that I still like this job, I need to find another one, or this feeling will possibly get worse!

I hope it works out for you. Wish I had some better advice for you, but this really does look like burnout and extreme job dissatisfaction to me. We all wear it differently. Try to be good to yourself while you figure out a solution.

Update to above

I found the link to above.  Here it is: 



Thanks for the update! NM
Thanks and update
Hi Pat and everyone who posted a reply..
I really appreciate your imput on this and am becoming wary of the whole thing. I emailed the person who is giving me this test and she said that the only format she has the files is .wav. She recommended Express Scribe but it doesn't seem to help me much quality wise. One thing I thought about doing was converting the .wav files to MP3's. That might make it clearer. I have a converter here on the computer and when I previewed the files as MP3's they were much clearer with less "noise" in the background". (less static sound) Of course I don't know if I want to convert files every day just for clarity sake. I'd sure like to hear from anyone else who has ideas on how to deal with sound files. Thank you to all who wrote me about this!

This morning I was very upset.  I had just had an argument with my daughter's father.  I was crying.  I tried to call several people to talk to them and no one was answering.  My main concern was my daughter was there and I didn't want her to see me this way.  My breathing turned very rapid/hyperventilating.  This has only happened once before, right after an earthquake about 15 years ago.  I didn't really have any other symptoms and I slowly caught my breath and started breathing normally after about 10 minutes. 

Someone came and took my daughter who was worried about me, but not crying.  I reassured her that I loved her and I'd be okay.

Afterwards, I contemplated about going to doctor, but felt fine afterwards, just a little lightheaded.  I called a counseling center, told them what happened and got an appointment to go in and talk with them.  It helped somewhat and I came home.

Now, I feel lightheaded still and my throat is dry, but otherwise I am okay.  I did just start working out, but I am pretty sure this was only panic/stress related and not anything else.  If I still feel bad tomorrow, I will go.  But considering no insurance, I'd rather not.

I'm trying to make a few changes to my life, as with working at home, I feel pretty alone and I think the fact that I couldn't get a hold of anyone made it worse.  A lot of people depend on me and yet sometimes I feel like I get forgotten when it comes to depending on people.  This weekend, I have made the effort to do more things out of the house and I really enjoyed myself.  Partly may be holiday blues too as I'm single.  And also I have this aggression towards my ex.  He only keeps my daughter 8 hours a week and one of the tensions we were arguing about. 

I'm not one to ask for help, but because of the panic attack today and that it happened in front of my daughter, I was more than willing to ask for help.  Online help or advice is also appreciated. 

The surgeon was very pleased with the surgery.  He feels that he got about 95% of the tumor (which was difficult to get as this type tends to branch out).  She is able to move all of her extremities.  We'll know more once the final path is back.  If all goes well, she may get to come home early next week and will be starting chemo soon.  Once again, I want to thank you all for your prayers and support. 
thanks for update!
I was worried I missed a lot--I think I got most of it then.  Can't wait until next week!
He came home and apologized and said he will stop playing so much. He hasn't got on this evening either. I am glad he is willing to work it out now. I guess I will see. I am not going to be too hard on him. I don't mind if he plays the game, just as long as he cuts down. I guess I will find out with time. Thanks to the people who gave me advice. I didn't appreciate the name calling and some comments some people made about me, but I guess you have to expect the trolls to start coming out as night time approaches, lol.
So, were you pregnant or not?

I started my period.

Thanks to everyone who replied to me, it did give me hope. I am going to keep on trying, even though I feel like giving up.

I better get back to work. All this worrying has given me low line counts the past few days.


Had to update this one
I went to the FCC website and filed a complaint. They can be fined up to $3000 for the first phone call for not providing the information required by the TCPA act. If we all start reporting all of the violations, maybe we can just get them fined into bankruptcy. Actually, not only can the company placing the call be fined, the company they are calling on behalf of can be fined as well - up to $500 per violation each. If the American companies start getting enough fines from using the offshore companies, they may think twice about using them.
Please remind Dad that this is a secretive illness and if she's really sick, she'll learn even more deceptive tricks like laxatives, holding food for long enough to appease you, then vomiting, etc. Be hypervigilent because she'll have him thinking she's all better. I'd even tell any of her very close friends (who may have encouraged this) that you're aware of her problem. She may seem to have accepted what you said, but I guarantee she's thinking up ways to get around you. Much luck to you.

Well, I took my son to the doctor this morning.  Needless to say they were dumbfounded by the so-called "treatment" my ex did to my son.

He has the equivalent of a third-degree burn on the great toe of his right foot.  They applied Silvadene cream and wrapped it in gauze.  I have to apply more cream and change the dressing three times a day.  We have to be very diligent in this as a foot infection could completely ruin the rest of his summer.

They also prescribed Keflex for him to also try to help prevent infection.  He cannot go swimming unless it's in a swimming pool.  I take him back to the doctor in one week for a recheck.  They will address the warts at a later time because his foot has to heal before they can do anything else to them.  I'm not really all that concerned about the warts at this point.  They will be taken care of in time.

My son's doctor assured me that they will cooperate with my attorney in any way necessary if further actions need to be taken.  They did not feel it was necessary on their part to contact child services or any other authorities.  But they will cooperate.

Thankfully, my son isn't in any pain at this time, but that is because the nerves have been burned.  The doctor informed me that it would not be out of the ordinary for it to start bothering him and/or causing pain once it really starts to heal.

Thank you to all of you who responded with your kind words and advice.  It meant a lot to me as I was very upset (I'm sure anyone would be). 

Update sm

I talked to my realtor this morning.  She finally talked to the seller's agent.  They said when they were out of town a toilet overflowed.  They said they have receipts to show this has been fixed.  She's trying to find some cheaper insurance for us.  She said the sellers are paying $800 a year premium.  The premium I was quoted was $1120 a year.

I told her I still don't feel comfortable doing this.  I know she wants the deal to go through so that she can get paid, but that's not my problem.  I don't think she's looking out for our best interests.

What do you think?

IP7 Update

I updated last weekend and used it for a week.  I did not like it at all.  It has a completely different look and where things are as far as tool buttons, etc., just doesn't work for me, so I unstalled it and went back to IE6.  I must say that the install and uninstall went smoothly.  If you're not comfortable with the installing just yet, take a look at the preview site.  That might give you an idea of whether you will like it or not.  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx#ie7interface


The MT really is a nice person who I think was frustrated with the industry. She did apologize to me and said she wasn't thinking that I had to look things up and/or did not realize how I would have to complete her work. She had been reading about costs of extra expenses IC people incur such as paying our own insurance but..........anyway, we are all in the same boat, wishing for more pay. I too, made more money ten years ago. Maybe I'll just go to school to become a private eye or something.
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Well, I finally got an explanation and will see if it pans out.  He said that I will be paid June 1 for April's work, July 1 for May's work, etc.  He said that he had explained it to me, and I must have misunderstood, and that my emails were going into his Spam box, and that is why he was not responding to me.  (he just found my emails supposedly this morning and emailed me to let me know that).  I did call my school (who was contacted by this company for new grads), and was told that they have not heard anything negative about them.  So, I will continue working and see what happens!  (**Crossing fingers**)
Okay, she has not repsonded to my last email sent yesterday, yet she continues to send me "group" emails for the team, so I KNOW she's checked her email.

Now I supposed I have to follow my contract with regards to termination so as not to forfiet any $$$ due me? Contract states "a 90-day written notice by certified mail of intent to terminate shall be required if the defaulting party fails to correct the breach within 10 days of written notice." Can an email count as my 10 day notice? Do I have to continue working for her during those 90 days?