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You're Pitiful!!

Posted By: Ellen S. on 2005-07-20
In Reply to: Most daddies don't die. It's the breeding with losers that makes single mothers... - hammering it in again

  What child would want someone as bitter and hateful as YOU for a mother???  You need to see a psychiatrist STAT!! 

I for one raised my two sons by myself after their father left me when I was pregnant with the youngest. Sure, it turned out that I had married a loser, but I sure didn't ask for anyone's pity.

Just how does your husband put up with you.....or is he just as hateful as YOU are??  I just don't understand your attitude. You seem to get your rocks off by hurting and attacking other people. Why don't you just leave this board and go bother somebody else? 

As for the OP, it sounds like you got a major raw deal. I think the recruiter made a major mistake by interviewing and making an offer to you before you had completed the second half of the testing. I hope you can rescind your resignation unless you absolutely hate your current job. Good luck!!! 

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Yes my secondary job is working for a radiologist I have known for years. He pays me 14 an hour for transcription and coding. I thought that was low for the area he works in but I am beginning to think not. He is wanting to throw more work my way and I may just take it considering the wages that are posted lately.
so right! It is so pitiful what excuses
are being made for this so-called "leader."  Don't understand what it is about the stupidest, murderous, lack of vision president we have ever had that gets such "rave reviews" from people.  I see nothing in this administration that will get us out of this mess he made, no leadership, no statesmenship, no understanding of other peoples in the world, a complete lack of foresight! 
Example of pitiful plight
I) Here is a perfect example of what I am talking about: For the billing period of 10/16 to 10/30, payable net 30 days on 11/30, with a contract that says payments go to ICs on 5th and 20th, my check did not arrive until 12/22, which would be 18 days late from the expected date of 12/5. Now, the only saving grace was that since they said it would be mailed on Monday 12/19, that did not happen, so they offered to make a direct deposit (which was helpful). And the check due 12/20 (for billing period of 11/1 to 11/15) is not here either. That might take another 2-3 weeks, for all I know.

II) How can they do this to people during the holidays? I would think that if I am upset, then the other ICs must be also. There might be a mass exodus of steaming ICs out there.

III) One of your posts made mention the MTSO should have a sufficient line of credit to cover their ICs. I suspect that they DID, as in USED TO, but may not anymore, which makes me wonder what happened on that score. Used it too many times? Took too long to pay it back?

IV) And I suspect the line rate may be somewhat substandard at 8 cents per line, (65) for acute care basic four. From what I have been reading, the range of 9-11 cpl seems more the norm lately. I realize that the hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices probably do not pay as well as they used to, and many MTSOs are outbid by a lower price (and gasp, offshoring). Is that your information as well?

Who could pay their bills with this kind of payment history. Every check has been late since I started with them in April. I have many years of experience. I had planned to buy a house. How can I do that with this type of situation going on?
It may be pitiful but consider how much experienced MTs are
making. Not much more. 8 to 9 cents per line, maybe 10 if you agree to transcribe heavy ESL. Yeah, it's sickening, but then service owners have to edit newbies reports and still show a profit margin without losing their shirt. It's a quandry.
Such negativity....how pitiful. Too bad you can't...
be happy for someone once in a while. Well, misery loves company, guess that's why you all stick together. It is a 'tude honey...a GOOD one...not one that wallows in self-pity. If a job doesn't fill your monetary needs get a different one, find a differnt line of work. No one said this life was easy or fair...you go around once, why be so miserable? Yeah, I have a great DH who provides for me, something wrong with that? Kind of feel sorry for you!
Not pitiful..... more important things in life

I have an A.A. in Liberal Arts, a B.A. in Health and Physical Education and a M.S. in Exercise Science.  After my son was born I hated the thought of leaving him and letting someone else raise him.   Could not bear the thought of someone else telling me that he said his first words or took his first step.  I left my job at a local high school as a certified athletic trainer and started doing MT.  Fortunately, I am not the primary breadwinner in the family but this was the best decision I EVER made.  Get to make $$ but more importantly I can raise my kids. 


Pitiful actually but I only work part-time..sm
I work part time for the same place and same account I started as a newbie 1-1/2 years ago. I cannot find a job with more work because I either don't have 2 years exp or I don't have acute care exp. I have sent numerous resumes. So far now I am destined to make very little income while gaining the exp I need for a better job. Thank God my husband has a good job.

1. Approximately $600.

2. This is just one job only part time sometimes as little as 11 hours a week. On a good week 20 hours. Haven't seen 20 hours in a while.

3. Rate is .075 cpl.

4. About $2500 for food and bills and gas.

5. I would be $1,900 short of enough to make it if it wasn't for husband. :( All I can do is keep trying and maybe in 6 more months when I have the 2 year exp. someone will actually hire me. Believe me I have applied at SO many places.
yes, pay by production reminds me of slave labor on an assembly line, with pitiful

payback. Apparently, these nationals get away with this because we're willing to sell ourselves so cheaply  to work at home.  It's like having a constant monkey on your back to make production, with so many variables thrown in each day that it's just nothing but stress. And, what if you are having a bad day, not feeling up to snuff? NO CAN DO, or your paycheck reflects it. I mean, everyone has off/slow days now and then, but we're expected to work in constant high gear for fear of the loss in income. I live in a rural area, with in-house MT jobs scarce, which is why I'm doing this, but if there WERE an opening in a hospital, I'd run for it. 


For Pete's sake, you're not terminating a pregnancy, you're just typing a report after the
It's already been done before you even hear about it, and NOTHING changes regardless of whether you or someone else types it. Sheesh.
It's not funny when you're on a board where language is one skill you're selling.
Hope you're gonna have a glass of wine while you're relaxing

in your spa goodies. Congrats!

Well, you're all complaining that accounts are current and work is low, so, gee, maybe they're
focusing on WORK, as in CLIENT and transcribing, as maybe half of you should be focusing on!!
If you're experienced, try for 9cpl or higher, and you're lucky to get that! nm
Skip it. No one cares. Either you're good on the test or you're not.
You're probably right. Plus we're losing our percentage of good people by .... (sm)
allowing every loser from every 3rd world country on the planet to just stroll on into our country, some legally, most illegally, and take advantage of the social services all us hard working little gerbils pay for by having money taken out of our pay every month. But I don't think we're all lazy. Just the ones on permanent welfare driving around town in brand-new Cadillac Escalades. Saw one just today on the Bayshore Fwy. Brand-new black Escalade with expensive spinner wheels, with 5 or 6 Mexicans in it. Well, who knows - maybe they stole it and it was on its way to a chop-shop. Smart-and-hungry people aren't always hard-working and honest.
You're not going to find a word expander for free. You're going to have to pay
You're forgetting all the stuff you can't buy when you're UNEMPLOYED!
Unemployed people have a hard time buying anything, including cheaply made offshore products. How many will have to end up depending on public assistance? That means more tax dollars being eaten up - besides the taxes NOT being collected from the overseas workers. In the long run, are you really enjoying a lower price?
If you're on the job, ask for samples to do it how they want it. If you're testing, separate o
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.

Don't know what you're complaint you're making with this post. sm

You stated in your original post that you don't want to work weekends or odd shifts. What is your definition of an odd shift?  Second shift?  Third shift?  Sounds like you want to work M-F on days.  Sounds kind of rigid to me. 

Personally I like second shift, so everyone working days means more work for me! 

You're not under a rock, you're just like me... an adult with more to
It's not because you're beautiful, it's because you're an IDIOT!
Does that make it any clearer for you??




Honey you're not being a shrew, you're being a
I don't get it when husbands and wives *allow* the other to have money that THEY work for...just don't get it.  Go buy the flippin' keyboard and tell him to take a hike! (To put it sweetly!) 
Why is it the only expander you're permitted to use? How would any know what you're using?


They think they're smart to accept it, but they're
If they're withholding taxes, you're not an IC.
As an IC, you should already be paying taxes. That said, the only benefit having them withhold FICA is that your Social Security/Medicare share will be less. Social Security is 15%; if you're an employee, you pay 7.5% and your employer pays 7.5%. As an IC, you pay 15%. Doing the math, 0.0925 would be your 0.10 minus 7.5%--the 0.0924 is just a tad less than you're making now.
We're out here (good MTs) but we're busy! sm
I don't recall ever taking an employment test where I wasn't offered a job. My MTSO does not even look at my work unless I happen to have a question or a blank, which happens maybe once in every 30 or so reports with an ESL. If you find a really good MT, how much training would be involved? Certainly you would save time in the long run once they're trained and you don't have to check all their work.
If you're one of the MTDesk clan then you're ok
You're right if you're single it's tough.

I am an IC as well, but I have a husband with benefits and makes a fair buck.  I am fortunate after 20 years to able to work from home.  I worked on site for 17 years with a "chocolate cake" the day I left.  Nothing more...  The loyalty in any profession is gone, gone, and gone again. 

Most companies want new employees/ICs that will take low pay and that won't cost much in the way of paying vacation time.

I do take every Friday off and try only to get on to check e-mail, etc. 

However, I wouldn't trade being here for my kids at this point.

There are headaches no matter what profession you are in.  It seems if it isn't one thing it's another. 

Raises?  Out of the question in this profession since most are afraid they will lose the account including myself.  I also underbid my last account because I wanted the account so bad.  I should be charging more. 

It is a neverending cycle really.

But, I still enjoy the work, so I guess that's the difference.  It does take will power to sit and type.  Some people need that boss hanging around to keep the production up and the incentive of a nice paycheck is just not good enough.

Good luck with your new job!  Sounds great! 

If you're new, good - if you're not a newbie, not so hot
Would need to know how long you have been an MT. For a newbie, this is a pretty good rate of speed.

However, if you have anything over a couple years of experience, then this is not too hot.

Also, what are the dictators like? Is it a "United Nations" account??

If you ARE capable of 200 lph or more and you can't seem to get it, then the problem has got to be with the platform you are using. In my experience, the platform into which you transcribe can make or break your paycheck - so if the platform stinks, then I hate to tell you, but there is no way you will be able to improve your line rate. I have quit jobs because of awful platforms more than once.
You realize by doing that they're making more money & you're making less? You should reconsid

It's just what you're comfortable with and what you're used to.
I give a minimum of $100 for acquaintances and raise the bar from there to good friends, relatives, immediate family getting the largest gift. 
that's because they're the big guys and you're only the
No, you're not missing anything, but you're really not seeing
anything either. InterFix designs and sets up software specifically to facilitate an easy conversion to overseas transcription.
You're both right and you're both wrong.
There are too many variables to give an accurate--or even estimated--count. Using a standard 1-inch margin, you may have short lines and lots of paragraphs and get a lower count. If no paragraphs and it's a full page of text from margin to margin, you get your higher count. You can't possibly use an average count because of variables, which is why no one can commit to a pat answer.
It says that's why you're QA and we're MT, simple enough?

Yes, of course, you're right.
You're absolutely right. Your E-mail shows such aspirational maturity -- I'm sure you were the class valedictorian, always the studious, respectful child. You have limitless options. That's how you ended up at MQ like the rest of us.
You're welcome SM

I know exactly what you mean.  I've worked for some of the largest teaching hospitals who had staff and resident lists nearly a foot thick but that was in the "old" days when pay was better and computers hadn't been heard of yet.  These modern days if a company can't provide their physician list in the data base where I can search with just a letter or 2, then I'm not going to work for them.  I suspect that lots of your company's MTs object to nonproductive time looking up tons of names and addresses and whether you realize it or not, you're on the clean up committee, getting those jobs when they are thrown back into the pool.  You might try talking it over with your supervisor and offering to continue doing the throw backs provided you're paid to do so.  I did that once when all I was getting day in and day out was the most horrible of horrible dictators.  Much to my surprise they agreed to compensate me appropriately.  Granted, the pickings for really good companies are slim but they are out there, you just have to find the right one.  Most will tell you anything you want to hear until you're hired, which is why I suggested keeping the old job until you've tried the new one on for size. 

Hope this helps!

You're welcome!

You're right. They do.
seems like you're saying..
Since its been done for so long its okay.  This is brutal to the animals and unhealthy to us.  Its also heartbreaking to a lot of us.  Although i'm not like those radical PETA members you described, when I see certain things being done to animals, it does move me, so I can understand their passion.  One thing that gets me to the core is selling birds at pet stores.  They were meant to be free and FLY, that is their whole purpose and for someone to keep them trapped in a little barred cage just for their personal enjoyment is just beyond me.  You have to actually 'feel' these things, its not crazy. 
You're welcome!
You're welcome, Miryam. Good luck to you - there are some really good companies out there.  Keep looking if you are seriously thinking about changing jobs.
You're not in my car! LOL!

They do both - at least some of them, I know. But, you're right -the pay is not enough. :(
You're welcome :-)

It's a pretty cool site (I like the name, too).  Hope it helps.  E-mail me anytime if you feel the need & have the time...I'll be around

Have a great rest of the day

You're very welcome! :) nm
you're probably right
about the way they send 'em out. and thanks (for the congrats) its always nice to hear that vs the constant flames over saying something good about MQ.

I see no harm in stating the ltr includes: pay rates based on experience, skill and work difficulty, daily incentives, increased pay for eve/night, a new part-time employee classification with PTO and increased PTO for full-timers of 8 more days, along with other improved bene's and opportunities.

hope that helps!
I think you're right - thanks!
Yeah, it must be.  I couldn't find it on any of the regular search sites I normally use.  Thanks for the help.  It's nice to know I'm not losing my mind....well, not over this anyway   Thanks for looking for me - I do truly appreciate you taking the time to answer.  Have a good one!
You're exactly right
The people that gripe about the sub-par schools are usually undercover reps from the expensive schools. People can and DO self-train in this field. Find yourself a mentor and you're in good shape. I've trained a LOT of people to become successful MTs and know a lot that have done so on their own. It depends on the person you're starting out with, of course. Some people do not learn well.

If you go to other boards, they only promote the schools that are SPONSORS/advertisers of that board. Hmmm. Coinky dink? I think not. I know people who have trained more successfully with a CD from ebay than they have with CareerStep. It's what you make of it and how much research you do, and what your intelligence level is to begin with, like any other field. There are bad doctors, too.

SURE you have. That's why you're an MT
...because of your physican-level education. That's why you're here.

Oh my. We are full of ourselves. The arrogance is amazing.