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Would you mind if I saved this creed of yours to look at when I get frustrated like this?

Posted By: nm on 2006-05-22
In Reply to: ESL's - PMT


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Your mind was in the gutter up there with sauteed stool, too. Would you please take your mind out of

I just have it saved...sm
in my ShortHand under degrees and it expands to the symbol.
Here's how I saved $$$$
I don't use tapes! The only special equipment I bought was a foot pedal. I have my own 800# and no phone bills!  I pay a small monthly fee and a per minute charge for the time my docs dictate. I keep more of my money than ever before.  Email me and I'll give you my resource.
you just saved me $$$$ thanks
you just saved me $$$$ thanks
Thank you Anne!! You saved me. I think you are right!!!

You are welcome...Another1 Saved!!!
this saved my marriage
check out flylady.net - there is a lot of information there, so be patient and read through it...it will give you a different perspective on housework and make it easier on you, even if he does not pitch in. i had to learn to stop nagging my husband about the housework and just do it because i was grateful for my home and wanted to see the floor every now and again :-)one great thing is that, by biting my tongue about the housework, he slowly came around to helping because he was grateful that i was keeping the house nice for him.

also, getting rid of the clutter one step at a time will also help your husband's mental state - too much chaos is confusing for him. i have a mental illness - manic-depression - and having my house in order by following simple step-by-step routines that are written down so i don't have to think about them - just follow the list - has calmed me down considerably and left time for me to care for myself like i should. you will be helping both of you by slowly, step-by-step getting the house together. getting this will help your dear baby by leaving the floor and other areas clear for him to crawl around and do what babies do :-) without all the confusion of clutter.

flylady.net made me more loveable by cutting my tiredness and crankiness (because you clean in small steps that do not exhaust you). It also helped my mood, giving me the self-esteem that comes from tending and blessing my home (and, therefore, my husband) by keeping the clutter at a low liveable hum instead of a screaming mess.

one more thing - try to remember daily why you fell in love with your in the first place. trust me, he is still in there (i was). it was through the committment of my husband to stick by me and tell me all the time that he loved me and wanted to help me that i finally began to love myself again. sure, i still have my days, but they are fewer and farther between, and don't feel so heavy with his help around the house (minus my nagging) :-)

i also want to say that Jesus turned my changed my life - literally gave me a new life and turned me in a totally different direction than my life was taking - took me out of my self-destructive ways because He showed His love to me. i am praying for you. you are hurting right now, and so is your husband. i pray that your hearts will be healed and your love will come back. remember that you created a covenant before God and your families to stick it out through sickness and health and your husband made a covenant to stick it out through messy house or clean :-) blessings.
Good for you. lol Saved the day!
money saved
I so agree with this. I only have to gas my car up once a month---which is a huge savings by working at home.
control-Z has saved me
on occasions where i've hit a wrong key combination and screwed up a report royally -- but you cannot hit anything inbetween the screwup and the control-z....
I have this list saved
(as a 2-column document) and then every now and then will print out 10 pgs or so at random. Then, when I'm watching TV, will scan through them to see if anything jumps out at me as something I should add, or trigger an "aha!" Then I make notes and add them to my Expander using my system.
I'm trying but I'm getting really frustrated!
I know work slows down but they should at least have a backup account to give me so I can get SOME work. I'm going to give it a few more weeks, but if this is any indication of how they do business, I really don't think it's going to work out. I think they are just over hiring to get the TAT quick.
Very frustrated
Does the QA (not the people, just the QA itself) make anyone else feel inadequate?? I try and try to do a good job, consider myself to be good at it, have been told by numerous doctors and employers that I do a great job, but somehow, I just can't seem to cut it working for a small MTSO. For 30 years, I've transcribed things by what is correct. Now working for a "verbatim" account, I can't even make a sentence correction to read better without it coming back. Some of this is truly ridiculous. It comes back whether it changes the meaning or not. I have been trained to "fix" things, but now trying to "undo" 30 years of training is hard. It's hard to type what you know is incorrect. How are some of the ESLs every suppose to learn it right, if we constantly type what they say wrong? Everything from wrong pronunciations to grammatical errors??  And it is NOT just ESLs. It's Americans who should know proper English and grammar. I think this job is easier for someone just starting out to learn it this way, rather than trying to change. I guess you CAN'T teach a dog new tricks... this ole dog, anyway! 

Does anyone make money transcribing/editing???? What  If so, how, where do you work. Maybe I have not found my niche. I was hoping this would be it. What companies are good? I spent two years going to school and have been transcribing for 2 years and editing for almost a year. I prefer to be an IC and have had many, many people tell me they want to become a Transcriptionist and work from home. I tell them don't bother it is not worth the time and lack of money. I am probably just too slow. The problem is that I really enjoy doing this and love the freedom and working from home. So, I plug away. I am ready to quit and just scrapbook and quilt. Forget work.

frustrated MQ MT
ASR letter came to me on Friday. I am being dropped 20% on my ASR work as of Oct 1st. Been with MQ for 8 years, been an MT since 1976, very upset about lots of things. Anyone who does ME work, contact me.
Frustrated again
It took me 6 months to finish a 1 year course for MTs.  It took me another 4 months to find someone to hire me.  I seemed to have been one of their better typers, since the e-mails with nasty remarks got sent to all of us and they were not any thinkg that applied to my jobs.  Talk about some stupid errors!  I have managed offices for the past 30 years and wanted to find a job that I liked and could stay home.  Thought I had it!  It would have been 1 year this month.  The company I worked for has a very poor computer system.  They are constantly having problems with their e-mail.  My last job typed to them was a very long one, which they claim that they never received.  I sent it twice to both owners and also saved it twice to the site.  I have not been given another job since, nor have I gotten paid for the previous month.  I feel I am a very adequate typist.  It only takes a little practice and any one can get a doctor down pat.  I use the internet alot for words I don't quite understand and usually get good results.  I am now back to the point of testing for everyone and anyone and hearing the same thing, "We need 2 yrs+ experience."  I'm glad I kept my day job for this past year.  I am still not ready to give up though.  Is there anyone out there that hires old women with excellent typing skills and the know how to find what they need in order to type a good report?

Yesterday I was laid off from my MT job due to an account pulling out suddenly.  I live in a different state than my employer, and when I went to file for unemployment, I found out that my employer had not filed the necessary paperwork and reported my earnings to my state.  I was told I would be denied unemployment initially but to appeal the decision while they do a wage investigation into my employer.  Has anyone ever had this happen to them?  I kept all my pay stubs from my employer showing all the taxes being taken out, but was also told I could still be held liable for the taxes.

Yes, I have taken an intense 10 month course.  This is a 2 year course condensed into 10 months.  I took this course and was told there were lots of jobs....just the college promoting the course I guess.  I had 92% overall and 97% in transcription, but everyone wants experience.  How can you get experience when noone will hire you.  any suggestions?
Thank you - frustrated is exactly what it is.
Yes, I was set up and am currently working, but am not able to look up past reports, etc. Looking for a manual for instructions..........
I get frustrated too.
I know. I get frustrated too. My BOS 2nd edition has the error on pg 297. There is also an error on pg 50. Aster-Coller should be Astler-Coller. I also bought the CMT Review Guide and found tons of errors in that book too.
Okay I applied with Diskriter three weeks ago, went through the testing, both written and transcription.  The recruiter said I had made too many errors and sent the test back to be to correct.  I did that and sent it back to her.  She said everything looked great and I did very well on the transcription test.  I had two phone interviews, one with the recruiter and one with the HIM director.  I had already set up a schedule and everything.  Both sounded like I had a lot of potential especially since I have alot of experience with ESLs and don't mind them at all.  I had not heard anything all week and so I sent an email to the recruiter.  I also called to leave a voicemail and found out she was on vacation.  Therefore, I left a voicemail on the directors phone (because the recruiters voicemail said to do so).  I waited all week and this morning got an email saying that at this time there were no available openings for my hours or qualifications.  WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?  I told them both I would work weekend evening and they said great as that is what they needed most right now.  What gives?  Has anyone else had problems with this company? 
Frustrated by All
Mostly in response to "I think most people do not understand our job". I must say that I agree with you wholeheartedly. I have worked at home for 8+ years and feel more stress than some executives. But now even some of the companies are behaving that they do not understand we are doing this for a paycheck and just not to fill our hours. I work for a large national company and I just sat here for the last 4 hours waiting for work from a supposedly full work pool. Meet my 1300 line a night minimum? In their dreams. In fact, usually a nasty e-mail follows the next day as to why lines were not met. If we do not receive the work, then we cannot do the work. I would give anything to go back to the days when we were actually PAID to transcribe. Most people believe that all we do is sit and type all day (and we do, all day/all night to make a check most people only work 8 hours to get).

Just needed to vent. Thanks for listening.
frustrated contains 2 Rs (nm)
You are welcome, frustrated, and please
no longer feel little. And try to forget about that feeling. This is not high school anymore, or at least we have the ability to walk away knowing who we are without letting other people mess with our self-esteem. You are looking good to your boss right now for your asking intelligent questions. And proving yourself to QA that you are not afraid to document errors. You are also earning money for your little one. And these things are much more important than impressing people who do not even admit they understood what you were talking about in the first post. Like I said you know who you are, and you can't let anybody take that away. BTW: Even if you did make a mistake so what, is that an evil thing! No. We learn from mistakes. The only mistake I say you made was allowing anyone to make you feel small. And it was a mistake for me to even answer the posts before after my initial post. I usually don't answer people like that. But, so what, life goes on and it will be a beautiful afternoon. It's all how you look at it. Good luck to you frustrated and remember the most important things in your life: Your family, your boss, and well, you!
To: Frustrated
 Don't be bothered by some of the many bitche$ on this board! I too, had the same exact problems with inconsistent QA and received the same, negative, nasty attitudes! Everyone kept going around the fact that the whole issue is INCONSISTENT QA!! Not you, the MT, doing your job.  And I can totally see your point of:  If it is NOT on your acct specs, then why would 1 QA tell you to do it this way?! I totally get it, and there are very nice MTs on this board, but some are just so sour, so don't let them get you down.  Like the other poster said, some people just need to get a life! Have faith in yourself and your ability, and you will go far!
Yeah, that's for sure.  What I really hate is having to ask for help from the support team where I work.  If you're not a computer geek like they are, they really seem to try to make you feel stupid. 
To frustrated s/m
Email me and I'll give you the name of a company that will hire you if you can pass their test.  The pay isn't the greatest but maybe a place to start.  I might add that I think it will be near impossible for you to work with 3 toddlers unless you either have someone to watch them or work while they sleep.
Visit this website - it has SAVED me! - sm

I came across "FlyLady"... it is actually a website "family" that HELPS get this time and CHAOS under control.  Things DO get out of control, and it slowly kills us inside... depressing us.  This website helps you take control of your time, sets up 15 minutes a day ONLY to work on your "zones"... one week you are in the living room, then maybe the master bedroom, then the bathroom and another small room.... this disaster did NOT happen overnight, and you cannot expect yourself to get it straightened out overnight.  Things get out of hand, but this website family can truly help... I did it, and within ONE MONTH my household was finally manageable, and I could open my door to anyone who came to visit... my friend and her husband came to visit me after a month of FlyLady work, and her husband just said "It just feels home-y to me.  What did you do?"  A MAN said that, and he didn't know what I was doing.  It is very cool, and encouraging, and strengthening!!!  There are e-mails sent several times a day for reminders to hop up and do a 5-minute "hot spot" rescue (hot spot being a spot in the house where it seems to get out of control).... take an hour, cruise the website, it is SO much fun... and DON'T FORGET TO SHINE YOUR KITCHEN SINK!!!  IT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE!!! 

See an accountant. I'm sure you saved your old income tax
Find the template where they are saved.
Usually, this is the normal template, in which case you're looking for normal.dot. Save that one to the flash or floppy.

If you read the Word help file in Word, you will get detailed, step-by-step instructions. I have found their instructions to be VERY helpful as I am a tactile learner.
I have older versions saved.

If this poster (or anyone else) needs an earlier version, I have setup files for both 4.15 and 4.02 available. Just shoot off an email.

A lesson I learned a long time ago--always have a backup plan.Whenever I download a new program and after setting it up on my computer, I save the original set-up file in a folder called, amazingly enough, Downloads. Then, when a newer version is released, I also save it (usually with the version number as part of the name) in the same folder. That way, if anything goes wrong with the update, I have the old setup files to fall back on.

How do I print what I have saved in PC Shorthand?
AutoText is saved to the normal.dot. sm
Your platform might block changes to the normal.dot or you don't have access to that file. Have you checked with the tech support for your platform?
Frustrated Beyond Belief
I'm having the same problem too. I try to start out the day with a good attitude, and pretty soon I just want to pull my hair out. It seems like EVERY day it turns out this way. Plus I'm just learning, so I don't know if I'll even be able to get 1000 lines. How DO you get 1000 lines in an 8-hour period when sometimes it can take a long time to listen to something or clean up a real mess. I honestly don't know if I'll be able to do 1000 lines a day. The dictators are not tht good. I had one today I couldn't get the name of the patient PLUS she dictated the wrong MRI #. I fought with that thing for over an hour, trying to figure out how to get the name. How DO you decide how long to spend on each report esp. when I'm like you; I don't like to leave a bunch of blanks.
Frustrated with SmartLines

Does anybody else have the problem of tons and tons of SmartLines being added to Smartype, squeezing out all the space available for typing. 

I actually have to keep going into Tools/Customize/Toolbars and individually uncheck all the SmartLine 1s, 2s, and 3s. 

I have had this issue with more than one MT company's software, so I need to either find out how to solve this with Smartype or find another word-expander program that is as good as Smartype--with a very small learning curve--and which will import all my thousands of Smartype words and blocks. 

Can anybody help?  Has anybody else had this problem and solved it?

I get frustrated with ESLs as well,
I take exception to your statement that *whites are smarter and work harder* and *can't help it if we're born white* Do you REALLY believe that? Do you know how racist you sound? ESLs are ESLs because their primary language is something other than English---how does this prove they are are not as smart or don't work as hard as *whites*. I guess ESLs also had the choice of being something other than *white*. I feel sorry for you if this is how you genuinely feel, because you sound like a Nazi.
Computer help-frustrated

Anyone out there who has great computer knowledge?  I have been fighting lag issue on an acct on am I on.  It is Meditech.  I have other Meditech accts and do not have any issues with them.  I have been told so many things some by my company's IS, other things by the people who do my computer work and I do not know who to believe any more.  Some thought it was bandwidth issue, some thought my AVG Free antivirus, but I just put on Norton's 2007 and still have the problem.  The strange thing is I could type in this hospital's Meditech program with AVG off once I got in and was protected with their Citrix, however it was shortlived, even though I could do this on a daily basis.  I have been told that I have redundant programs running, but my computer people looked at the task manager processes and said nothing out of the ordinary,  I cleaned files, defraged, do my anti-virus daily, Ad-Aware, clear cookies/temporary files, upgraded my Time-Warner Internet Service to Premium to speed up upload/download, called Time-Warner's National Help Desk, had their tech out to the house and checked connections, added another stick of RAM and my computer is just a little over a year old.  I have been told that maybe I need to have the operating system cleaned out, which would probably mean dumping the whole thing and starting over.  I suggested maybe cleaning Windows registry, but the company IS people will not help with that because employee computer.  A friend of mine is on a different acct and had terrible lag problem and someone who she calls a computer God had her go into regedit.exe and had her delete a license and installed new Citrix and now she does not have that problem, but I cannot contact that hospital as it is a client and that is a no-no and for reasons I cannot go into she will not let me give info to my IS people.  I am at my wits end.  I should mention that I am the only one with this problem on this acct. I am wondering if it is a problem with my computer and whatever port they have me in at the hospital.  Once again, I know nothing about how or why computers work, I just type on them, but I think you can see why I am frustrated. 

I get very frustrated, too. I correct them and (sm)

explain the corrections on the finished report for their reference, but the same mistakes happen over and over again. 

Frustrated dial up
You may not be able to do much about the speed of your PC but do you have options re. the type of program you are using. Some programs allow the work to come in while you are typing the current job, therefore the work will continually flow in enabling you to work without interruption.
Very confused and frustrated!
I have worked for the same ortho office for 16+ years.  During that time I was offered the opportunity, by my boss, to work at home which I have been doing for the last 4 years.  I had to buy all the equipment to set up, nothing was paid for by the company.  During these four years I have been told to work in the office to cover for vacations, sickness, etc.  I understand that and have no problem with that.  What I do have a problem with is my boss telling me suddenly she wants me to work back in the office for awhile.  When I said no she seemed okay with that. She then kept asking me when I was going to get DSL.  I finally got it (at my own cost) and then 2-3 months after I did get it my scheduled suddenly was changed by my boss to work in the office every Monday.  Shortly after that my schedule was changed to work in the office full time all week every other week of the month.  I feel like a lab rat that is being experimented with!  The only reason she will give me is that "it is a business decision."  There is one other lady who works at home also and the same thing is being done to her.  There are two other transcriptionists who work in-house who had no idea these changes were coming or why.  What would you do?
Reply to frustrated
It very well could be staff. Someone in the doc's office may be friends with a Transcriptionist who needs a job!!
Frustrated with schedule
I work for a large national company. I was told that EVERY time I was away from my computer, I needed to have Pre-approved time-off.  Even if you are gone for 15-20 mintues to taxi your kids somewhere.  We only get 2 flexes per month.  I am part-time and have no benefits.  I also have trouble making the daily line counts.  Sometimes with kids things come up and you need to take them somewhere and this can happen more than 2 times per month.  Thanks for letting me vent.  Any suggestions are welcome!!   
Frustrated about working
Frustrated, companies that hire you come first as far as their work. They could care less about your family, your home, your this and that. You sound like you have never had a job in which you worked away from the home. You should count your lucky stars you are ABLE to work from HOME. I am an independent and I STILL have set hours and I WORK them. I know others disagree with this; they will say I should be able to do my own hours but I did this same hospital before being outsourced and now work for the company who does the hospital transcription and I am so thankful I can work on the same job I have done for about 20 years. If they want certain hours, fine with me, I give them what THEY want, they are my employer, I am their employee. You really sound immature in the statements you are making. If all companies let every person pick and choose, what kind of place would that be? I have done this work for over 30 years and guess what? We used to have to show up at an office, not working from home and we had to punch a clock, be on time, 30 minutes for lunch. You sound very young though so maybe you will catch on after awhile companies are concerned with companies.
No longer so frustrated..
I've been reading with interest the comments my venting inspired.. both here and in my email .. and some of the assumptions are amusing.

I've been a Transcriptionist for 36 years, an MTSO a couple of times during those year, a manager with a national company or two, transcription manager, QA manager - basically just about every job possible in this field. I know how important it is for a transcriptionist to be respected for our skills and to be paid for the work we do.

We actually flew to a central location in California to train transcriptionists within a 10 mile radius of the central location, so there was no cost to the transcriptionist. We wouldn't have made the trip had we received only one or two applicants. It isn't that difficult to train someone remotely, but since we had several positions to fill and several applicants, we decided it would be beneficial to make the trip and meet the new ICs.

We have 35 very good transcriptionists, all on IC status, working at different levels of competence, on different accounts, with all of the flexibility they can use. Some started as trainees right out of school, others came to us experienced with one or more specialty. All have been cross-trained to some degree to cover each other when someone has a family emergency or just wants to take a vacation.

We have work, plenty of it, and our pay scale is competitive with other services. We've even done work share programs with other services for short term.

My plea is simply on behalf of other service owners - don't apply if you aren't serious about work. It is a waste of time, both yours and theirs.

Thanks for all of your comments. I'm getting back involved on the board a little more and find how much I've missed the exchange of opinions and ideas.


I get so frustrated with the newbies here who

took the At-Home Professions course or other equally bad and then complain they can't find a job.  They didn't do any research on the front end or they would have chosen another school - you do get what you pay for and most took their courses because they were cheaper.

In every aspect of the real world there is someone trying to scam us, so you should always research. 

Frustrated with bad dictators
I have been in this business for over 20 years and I have learned one thing.  The doctor is always right and we are wrong.  I don't let it frustrate me anymore.  I do the best job I can and just let it go.  Otherwise I am damaging my mental well being by doctors who just don't care how they dictate.  I have accepted that.  I even have done research and have listened to psychological tapes that have helped me deal with this.  I realize all of this anger, hostility and negative vibes are doing more damage to myself than to anyone else.  I realize this is is of little help to transcriptionists who are dealing with losing money every day, but now fortunately I am in a position where making money is not a top priority with me.  Hope this helps.
I am just sooo frustrated!

I am just so frustrated with my production.  I am stuck at 800ish lines a day.  I have tried Instant Text and Smartype both and I still cannot get over this 800 line mark.  I really need to double this at least because I have 2 children to support.  Ok thanks for letting me vent


Do you realize that the Bush tax cut saved this economy after 9/11?
Everybody got a tax cut.  Now you can't cut taxes to those who don't pay any, can you?  That would be socialism.  BTW, do you realize that the unemployment rate in those countries with cradle to grave entitlements runs more than 10%, as compared to our 4.9%.  France for example.  I know it seems like a simple solution that the taxes from the high wage earners should be taken away and given to those who don't earn anything, but in economic terms, that can destroy an economy and therefore hurt the low wager earners even more.  Case in point, the Clinton luxury tax back in the 90s.  He put a huge tax on boats and jewlery and had to remove it because of the trickle down damage that did to all the jobs those luxury items created.
No, both my brothers saved up and bought what they could afford ($500) , I was not
so a car wasn't even in my horizon....but 2 of my friend had parents who had gotten them USED older cars so I got around okay (I had to find my own transportation everywhere). My dad did eventually get me a car though after I wreaked the one I was borrowing from him (brakes failed- 1960 Corvair)-- the car/wagon (1985 used) was $6000 (this is in 1987) and was my graduation gift from college. --- I used it for 2 years, put way to much money into it for repairs, and then sold it and bought with my own money a 1987 Blazer for $11K. I paid my own insurance once out of college, but my parents paid for it up until then though I did work 3 jobs while in school but that money was for books, etc, food, etc. Parents covered tuition, I did the rest. We will probably buy a used car for them to USE from time to time when the time comes as we are in the boonies and it would simplify things, but it certainly would not be THEIR car.
Work is not saved for certain MT's. I hear same complaint