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and I disagree with your statement. It's all in the fingers.

Posted By: Platforms, etc are just all excuses for being slow on 2007-02-25
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Disagree with that statement
Meds and therapy are ONE way to deal with depression, but not the ONLY way.  Changing your habits is a way (deliberately sitting alone in the dark would depress anyone).  Sometimes getting one's financial problems under control takes a huge bite out of depression (its normal to be depressed about bad finances, just as normal as feeling pain when you stub your toe).  Talking to other people and getting your problems in perspective is another.  Staying very physically busy until you don't have time to focus on your mood would be another - a daily work out can lift a person's mood and become something positive to look forward to.  Meds and therapy can be helpful, but if this person doesn't want to go that route, telling them its the ONLY way will only make them feel doomed.  There is no only way, there are many ways.  I say, try one of the many good suggestions here each day until one of them feels right.
I totally disagree with the statement that
"With VR, one MT can do the work of 2-3 MTs doing straight transcription." I can type just as fast as I can do VR at a rate of about 300 lines per hour and transcription pays twice as much as VR. Its just not fair or right. VR is NOT a lot faster and sometimes I get a report in VR that is so messed up that it would be easier to erase the whole thing and retype it. But if I do that, I'm still only going to get paid at the VR rate. Isn't that lovely? VR is FAR from replacing transcriptionists.
same here- my fingers just do not

.... with fingers.
Could it be something on your fingers?
And I ask that in all seriousness and no offense meant. I have had 3 MS Keyboards and have not worn the letters off any of them. Are you maybe putting some kind of lotion on your hands that would eat the letters off? Maybe if you get the sticky letters another poster was talking about you could stick the letters on the front of the keys instead of the top so they don't wear off, but you can still see them.
Nothing to do with your fingers sm
The "Million Dollar Question" was once, "What is the most used vowel in the English Languate?" I supposed "E" as this lasts least on my keyboard.Guess what - it was "e" - DON'T THINK IT WAS ANSWRED CORRECTLY but we who pound the keyboard would have known. Understand 1110 per cent!
Ya know what FINGERS

You speak ridiculous.... let's all tell our employers we are not working until..........

The idea was to organize and get all your ducks in a row.  If you are going to do something, do it with a plan and organize.  You can't just jump the gun and go into something blindly.  You will look ridiculous and get nothing accomplished. 


Cold fingers
Even though I keep my house comfortable, I find my fingers getting cold when I type.  Is it just me. Does anyone have any suggestions.
frozen fingers
do you guys have troubles with her hands getting cold? and what do you do about it?
cold fingers
All the time when I start out before the work area is sufficiently warmed up with the SPACE HEATER. Space heater essential to get fingers going.
let ur fingers do the walking
No....but I transcribed asleep once. I was working 3rd shift and dozed off. I don't know how I managed to work the foot pedal and my C-phone and go through several reports. Luckily for me I woke up and realized what I had done. I scrambled to put my last several reports on hold to check them before the doctor received them who was one hallway over. It scared me so bad I wasn't sleepy for the rest of the night. I've never let myself sit there that sleepy anymore either. I get up and walk around to get myself more alert. Funny thing was I was not transcribing what the doctor was saying. I was using some of their phrases. I guess I would hear a word and it would trigger my memory and I would type a regular phrase. Scared the bejeebers outta me that is for sure!
trained fingers
Makes me think of what it is like for your fingers to "know" a telephone number but for the life of me I couldn't tell you what it is--I'd have to dial it for you.
Cold Fingers
Try typing gloves! I have the same problem. They do help some. I also have been known to sit on a heating pad while typing -- helps warm me up.
Actually the ones I have do not have fingers, just a thumb.

I really love them, There is a strap around the wrist to adjust the tightness, but the neoprene is a great fabric that seems to work really well for me.  I hate to recommend anything because sometimes what is good for one is not so good for another.  I would recommend going to a surgical supply store and they should let you try them on, that is what I did. 


fumbling fingers

When that happens to me, I consciously slow down and meticulously try to make no errors and eventually increase my speed.  That seems to help me. 

Another trick is to not think about your fingers at all, but still slow down a bit, and then you will find you are on the right track again after a while.  I think it also happens when the dictator does not speak in a good flow of words, is choppy and starts and stops a lot.  Your rhythm is off when that happens.

Hope this helps. 

Gee you must have bionic fingers

and/or a very good line rate.  How do you do it?

The only movement should be fingers. I have
 and keyboard where I dont have to reach up or down to type. I wedge a pillow between the arm of chair and my body so arm is resting on pillow and supported.  Also have comfort keyboard configured like capital L and reverse capital L.  Hands are in neutral handshake postion at all times.  Also have left backspace bar set up as backspace to stop groping of backspace key (I have small hands).  Took a lot of tweaking and paying attention to what I was doing to streamline things.  Also am streamlining all aspects of work.  Every second I can shave off is more money in my pocket.
lol. I figured my fingers
got all jumbled up and I somehow did it to myself.  It would be quite a coincidence if we both jumbled up the same way at the same time, I think.  Maybe we can get some help from the site administrators. 
fingers won't work
Your mind and fingers seem to be at odds. Try to relax more and have a look out the window and maybe free your mind some.
Could be other things also on the fingers sm
I have had my MS Natural keyboard for about 7 years, and the only key that is fading is the N. It wasn't until I left my previous company a few months ago and had to send back their computer that this key started getting messed up. The difference? My kids, my husband, and I all use this one computer now, and I am constantly on them to stop eating at the computer. My mother-in-law is a constant on-line game player and eats at her desk frequently. She has gone through about 5 keyboards in the same 7 years due to the letters wearing off. We're getting another computer soon, and I'm buying a new keyboard for myself so we do not have this issue again.

I just received notification as well and mine was for $134.00.....just curious as to what its for!

I was a little put off by that statement...
I have a 2-1/2 year old with me during the day and my work does not suffer nor does my child...
Let's hear it for bionic fingers!! (nm)
I was not pointing fingers at a particular region, sm
just pointing out that we in the Northeast have our share of bad weather.  In fact, we get just about everything here.  Blizzards, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, even earthquakes for that matter, albeit, minor earthquakes in the last century.  Highest recorded winds were on top of Mt. Washington in New Hamphshire.  Been there several times.  Cold.  It's expensive to live here, too.  Due to proximity to the Big Apple, we get a lot of celebrities and rich types living here, driving up the per capita, while the rest of us pay the price at the pump, for real estate, you name it.   Nobody tries to give us a hand.  Just take from us.  Funny, I work for a national, but don't get paid anymore than those in lower expense areas.  When I worked for corporations before MT, pay was gauged to the region of the country we lived in.  Those on west coast and Northeast made a little more because of the expenses in our areas. 
Painful fingers from typing
I experience sore, aching fingers each day from typing.  Because of this, I cannot do more than 1000 lines a day.  Ibuprofen helps somewhat.  I do not know what is wrong.  The knuckles appear a bit enlarged and upon waking in the morning each finger appears swollen.  I am a thin person.  I wear fleece gloves with no fingers all day while typing for warmth.  This is more than just an annoyance  but rather something that gets bad enough that I have trouble concentrating on typing because all I can think of is the pain.  The doctor I saw was no help at all.  Anyone else having this problem?
Keep your fingers on the keyboard and not the mouse. sm
I average anywhere from 500 to 600 lines an hour on recognized files; however, it took a little while to get there.

There are eScription provides tips and shortcut keys so you do not have to use the mouse (a lot of control + keys).

Do you have those tips? If not, I could try to e-mail them to you.
cause is brain going faster than fingers
I don't think there's anything we can *do* about it - except perhaps proof better as we type and/or not type as fast as we are.....it's our own flaw..I think.....and every time I re-read - I find something omitted - so I'm re-reading it all :) 
fingers not working today

I have had my days with horrible dictors, and today I have a dream dictor, could no thave been happier to get her and my fingers do not work.  I can't seem to type anything correctly. lol.  Thank goodness I proof my work before sending - thank goodness for spellcheckers and grammar checkers - cause I suck today lol

Does anybody else have that kind of day - or is it just me? Now be nice lol

QA response to flying fingers
I know exactly what you mean.  In the company I work for, there is 1 QA director which is in charge of 100% hold and then there are 7 shift QA people.  I was told by the head QA person what a great job I have done and was released 3 weeks into QA.  then begin to send to clininc with sending in docs with blanks and oh my god I am made to feel like my job is on the line at night when I sign off by these people. I was even told by one that if I though the doc was good enough with just a few blansk go ahead and send them in,  and of course my check is still not here from the 15th,  I guess we are just expected to keep up the typing with no pay and all the belittling we have to put up with.  If I do receive pay today I am not going to type today.  MY time is to valuable just to type for the heck of it. 
What do you use for cold fingers while typing?
I MEAN *lessen* - arthritic fingers let me down....
fingers feeling tingley

I have been doing medical transcription for a year and lately, if I type for more than an hour at a time, my fingers start to tingle and then get stiff and numb.  I am using an ergonomic keyboard and have a beanbag wrist rest.  Does anyone have a suggestion as to what I can do to keep my hands in the correct position while typing?  I have heard there are gloves I can get - does anyone have experience with this?


SRT shortcuts that are easier on your fingers

If you have Instant Text you can create command entries in your glossary for all the editing shortcut combinations of your platform and create short forms that are easier to type.

If you are using marker keys to expand, you can even give these short forms a longer, descriptive name which will be easier on your memory, knowing that you don't have to type the whole short form. The command entry will show as soon as you type 2 letters, and then you can jump ahead within the short form and type the most relevant letters. Each command entry should end with an underscore to avoid adding a space.

You can always email me if you have any questions.

Textware Solutions

opps - that's if they say...(fingers numb) NM
no need for stupid police to arrest me. lol
Help! My fingers aren't working!
Have you ever had a day when your fingers just don't want to cooperate? I feel like they have a mind of their own this morning! I'm having to backspace every other word because they keep throwing a letter in there or typing them out of order!

Maybe they are trying to tell me to TAKE A BREAK! LOL

Yes, your overall statement is true but

what is so bothersome to so many MTs is that the complaints voiced by so many are about pretty much the same thing.  This in turn makes the complaints pretty much valid problems or "injustices" experienced by MTs on an industry-wide basis.  It is actually a good thing to have open communication so all may hear the pros and cons of a particular MTSO or of the entire nationwide industry of MT'ing...

I do wish that some MTs could be a little more calm and positive during their negative statements and that some MTs could be a little less offensive in their posts.  But again, open communication is one of the things that make a good democracy.  Have a beautiful day.  Mine started out terrible...got up at 1:15 AM to start transcribing so I could do some other things later in the day but of course the cable and comcast internest were down until just now, 2:50 AM.  Guess I'd better hit the keyboard.     

stupid statement
That's a very stupid statement. You evidently don't work on the kinds of accounts I do. I send blanks that QA can't get, either. There are various things that affect a report and require blanks besides a dictator's accent.
how exactly is this statement not disrespectful?

you're just plain mean

I don't know anything, but I found statement
on IPAY, but no direct deposit in my bank ??
Agree with your statement 100%...sm
I'm sure the hurricane victims will be glad to know this. This would be the exact time to come together. I wondered why we would act this way (I know there's an embargo), and my husband said that it might be because we don't trust Fidel Castro (sabatoge).

I appreciate the posts giving updates about the hurricane disaster; I cannot watch the coverage on TV anymore. I broke down this morning when the dogs were dying, and you could hear a dog wailing in the background. It's too much for anyone to bear.

I'm anxiously waiting for Best Friends to let me know if I can be a foster parent for dogs that belong to evacuees.

Thanks again!
My last statement on this subject is the following...sm
As long as there are people who are willing to take cuts in pay, whether by way of bonus or otherwise, there will be pay cuts for the worker, no matter the profession.
I stand behind my statement and there has been

documentation to support it, but this is a free country and I certainly won't condemn anyone for being a member, I just never would and would never recommend it. 

I don't advocate any curriculum - I detest Abeka, but the websites I have given are a good place to start for anyone who is just feeling things out.  They can ask any questions and get feedback from multiple people, explore various curriculums, buy new or used, find others in their community who homeschool, find support groups, etc.   Rainbow Resource has just about everything ever created as far as curriculum, including what is commonly called boxed curriculum like Abeka or BJU where you buy every subject and the TMs, but also allows you to pick and choose.  I personally write my own curriculum now, but I used various curriculums and various modalities of homeschooling over the years.  There are many different forms of homeschooling too, from a principal approach to the unschooling approach and many others in between.   No one curriculum or modality works for everyone and one of the many joys of homeschooling is having the freedom to use whatever works best for your family.

I am not a secular homeschooler, but there are those that are and I would want them to be able to get the support they need and not feel isolated because they don't share the same belief system that I do.  


Recorded statement -- think about it before you do it
My attorney has always advised against doing a recorded statement.  Sometimes it is the way that the question is asked as to how the answer comes out.  Also, we all know that errors can happen in recorded statements and they are not given to you to verify and sign off on, and the tape is erased so what do you do if there is an error in it?   So I would not do it again, I did and it did not help my case.  Took a lot of attorney time and money to get everything cleared up and then rule in my favor.  If it is a black and white of a rear end, might not be a problem, but if there is any question at all, do not do it unless you type up what you want to say and a recorded "statement to them" and do not answer their questions.   Just my 2 cents worth
What I don't understand is your statement about (sm)
how his grandparents tried to raise him in the Assembly of God. It sounds as if that wasn't successful. He's just playing you for a fool, trying that "honeymoon" stuff and now wanting to convert you and your children. And you don't change your religion to save your marriage. He is the one who needs to make all of the changes.
90%? I think THAT is an inflated statement!
Let me revise that statement...it's still about 45, but it
can't make up it's mind now whether it wants to rain or snow. :-)
I give a statement with every.....sm

I work privately for a bunch of surgeons.  I submit a STATEMENT with every job I return but I don't want to be paid off those statements.  At the end of the month, I take all those statements and do a MONTHLY BILL that I DO want to get paid on. 

Within 10 days, they give me the checks in the next pickup/envelope of work and I deposit only once a month.  Makes for a lot less paperwork and problems and I have been doing this for 10 years.

Best of luck to you!!! 

re your calm down statement...sm

Awful presumptive of you to assume I was not calm...just due to a few extra question marks?  As an American, I think it's safe to say that plenty here would kill first and ask questions later......I'm not that way.

I happen to be very calm and very rational.....

My statement was not a judgment of anyone

Just simply an observation. As for the sad state of health care cost and coverage, I agree with you. As of right now, my husband, myself, and our baby have no insurance because he just changed jobs and we won't get it until April 1. So why is it cheaper for me to go to the ER with the sniffles just because I have no health insurance? I'm still going to get a bill from them!

Medicaid is a different story. And my post had nothing to do with the indigent or health insurance challenged. And again, no judgment stated or implied.

With a statement like that, hope it never

  It is called being black-balled or pushed out because you know too much and do not put up with the crapola that goes on at the office. 

In reply to the IC statement given...
Well, that is okay if they don't really care when it comes to being an IC and not following the rules. Let them find someone else, because when you contact the IRS with the evidence that they have been making you work a set schedule like an employee and make you pay taxes as an IC and let them know, the employer will be paying quite well for it.