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home brewed flea remedy

Posted By: critters mom on 2005-08-30
In Reply to: Does anybody have a GOOD home remedy for fleas... - MI MT

I went nuts googeling for answers and here is what worked for me (still amazed it did).

Vacumn thoroughly then spread boric acid (Borax detergent) over the carpets and any areas your boys frequent.& spread salt (..mine loved under my desk so needless to say, my ankles were a mess)  Leave the Borax down for 1/2 hour..this is supposed to kill the fleas and dehydrate the eggs.  Then bath them using Dawn dishliquid and you see the fleas fall off!  I also used a flea trap one site recommended.  Put a low glass container filled halfway full with water & a few drops of detergent in it.  Then put a gooseneck lamp directly over it.  Supposed to attract the fleas and boy does it!  They say fleas are blind and only jump onto a moving, warm object, so not sure how the trap works but it does.  My little guy had his tail half chewed to shreds and I did not want to have to bomb the place because of the hassle with him and the cat and my allergies.

It's been three weeks now and all seems to be clear...I think I got most of this info off paws.com or something like that.  HTH

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lice...old fashion remedy works best...been there
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Not fancy...smells horrible, BUT did the trick.

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just my 2 cents
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My kids have suffered greatly from me working at home with them home. SM
I have been working at home as an MT since my two kids were born. They are now 4 and 5. In the first few years, I had no help whatsoever. Their father was a bum who didnt work or take care of them while I worked. Your children get neglected while you work basically. And babies and young children desperately need your attention while they are home with you.

My kids have so many behavioral problems right now because of their neglect. I would try to set them up with things to occupy themselves, like coloring or a movie, etc.

I finally put them in day care and things have improved, but there are still a lot of issues because of the damage that was done. They still try to seek attention by doing bad things and they dont listen to me because they are so used to me letting them get away with a lot of stuff because I was too busy typing to discipline them in their early years.

If I could do it all over again, I would definitely have put them into day care from the very beginning.

My advice would be to seek PT care for your baby. Maybe you can do some work around her schedule a little when she is home, like when she takes a nap, and then bang out a bunch of work while she is in day care.

I enjoy being alone at home, but I've got one home sick from school already.

One on one with a kid is nice, too.

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I even got to relax with a cup of coffee and watch TV for half an hour this morning, something I liked for a change instead of cartoons or kids' movies.  I signed up for an online class that I've been wanting to take.  I can exercise without being interrupted.  Yesterday, I went to the mall and spent all my saved up gift cards.  I got some clothes, books, bath stuff, and a new coffee mug.  My work gets done a lot faster, too.  Call me nuts, but I've never had the luxury of being alone in the house for 14 years.  It's kinda nice.  I love my family with all my heart, but I love having a few hours to myself each week, too.

Except now the cat and dogs have been acting weird since the kids went back to school.  They must think that I need someone or something to clean up after and correct behavior on.  They're getting into everything and racing around the house behind me.

my take is that she worked inhouse, not at home, and now wants to find out how to work at home. nm
Forget "per line." Your take-home pay should be taking home SM
roughly what it was before. If it is not, is it because your current pay rate for editing (which in many companies keeps changing as the VR system is developed) is too low or is it because your talents and skills are more for speed typing than speed editing?

If the first, discuss it with higherups, and go get a new job if you don't get the response you need. My last MTSO was secretly refiguring how production was counted to pay us less. I can accept hard reality, it was the secrecy that burned. Sometimes, though, it's just that the learning curves of individual editors and that of the system aren't in sync, and you end up temporarily making less.

If the second, though, recognize it as soon as possible and change to straight transcription work, in your company or a new one, for as long as you can find it.

As for why we aren't paid more for a higher skill, that's just the way the labor supply ball bounces. Best wishes.
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MT from home
I understand how you feel, however if you were in my shoes and wanted to get back in the business, but this time from home, some info would help. I'm still keeping my other job, however I really enjoyed transcribing when I did it long ago and would like to be home a little more. Please, if you can refer me to anyone that can guide me to begin this venture, I'd appreciate it.
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to my WFC/PS's home.....nm
yes, you can get a job after doing a home course - sm
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wonder why it was in someone's HOME??
your home

Maybe this will make us all think more directly about what we do for a living.  Remote employment is wonderful until it isn't any more!

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ER MT: Did you cat come home yet? Let us know. nm

It was my very first day home as an MT SM

I started in-house at Medquist in June 2001, and Sept. 11, 2001, was my first day working from home for them.  Needless to say, I got very little work done that day.  We were getting the kids ready for school and my husband was in the bathroom.  I yelled, "Oh my gosh!  Someone bombed the World Trade Center!"  I didn't know it was a plane.  I was watching the news when the second plane hit the south tower.  I was in shock...I felt like the world turned upside down...totally lost all sense of security.  It was very surreal.


Going home

I used to work for a local hospital as an employee and worked at home but eventually they outsourced all of work to the good ole MQ and we all lost our jobs.

The situation is very similar. The home MTs had to type 100 minutes per day and as long as we produced this, we made the top of the pay scale.  Eventually, the in-house MTs went on the same production requirement and pay scale but they never did their amount of production required.  This was the reason the work was outsourced. 

They provided the equipment and we clocked in on the phone.  We had no set schedule.  This was an IDEAL position. 

I loved working at home as an employee for this hospital but I ended up coming out to the National scene. 

I am lucky because I work for a GREAT service, make GREAT money and have GREAT benefits.  I think that I am in the minority of MTs who appreciate their job working for a national. 

So, be careful on what you wish for and think long and hard before giving up your hospital position!!!!  A good company is very hard to find.

Good Luck!!

At home
Your post really resonated with me and I am sure with others. Years ago in the inhouse environment, it was a pleasant place to work and make friends. Then came Y2K, the infamous Y2K and we were all shuffled out to make room for more profit oriented patient care services. They brought in the CEOs and "got rid" of the transcription managers who knew their jobs well and the industry as a whole. We then were  given the "privilege" of working at home. Most of us knew our jobs well and could probably write books on the subject but were nonethless shipped out to home with cpl and we knew then we would be like hamsters on a wheel, going nowhere fast. We are better off at home. The inhouse atmosphere with the competition it created by being paid by the line was an umentionable horror scene. People you knew for years as your friends quickly became your arch rivals, trying to cut you off at the ankles at any chance they could in order to present themselves as superior in every way. It didn't matter if you were the best MT on the planet, this was WAR baby.    Being in the shelter of our homes and out of the hospital trenches has brought us some peace and solace but it divide an industry that used to be friendly, amicable and very fertile ground for learning the ropes  of MT.   Suffice it to say "divide and conquer."
At home........
I am chosen to be on a committee to decide on guidelines for us to type at home at the local hospital where I work. We have been waiting for this for a long time. I hope everything works out well for us as it has for you. I would love to be at home. Department politics - you can only take so much.
at home
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Will you be doing it from home then?
I once interviewed for a position, but they had an odd system. I'd be working in-house, and in addition to doing pathology dictation, they expected the MT to type in the lab techs' notes. The techs had access to the computer, were IN the computer doing their work, but it was too much work for them to type in 2-digit results for their lab findings. They wanted to write them and have the MT put them in the system as a separate step. To me this was babying the techs and was a way for the techs to be off the hook if they recorded a result wrong. It was very inefficient since I would have to find the pathology report after the fact and add these other findings.

I don't think they could do that to you if you're working from home.

You'll need a lab book, that's for sure.
I don't know how any of the MTs at home with - s/msg
small children manage to stay focused enough to do a full day's work! My cat is constantly wanting this or that, or purposely sitting in front of my monitor so as to obstruct my view and force my attention. If it's so hard to keep a cat out of my hair, I can only imagine (and shudder) at what it must take to keep a toddler occupied while trying to work. And I've been doing MT for a long, long time. Trying to learn new software, deal with the inevitable glitches that go with getting dialed-in to a new job, and trying to look up words, addresses, listen, decipher what an ESL neurosurgeon is mispronouncing, build a word-expander and macro base, etc. etc., all while having to keep tabs on a small, active child, would be very demanding. If I wanted a "fun" sideline, I myself would probably consider art, jewelry-making, or maybe writing poetry or children's books. Or else possibly starting a blog site. But medical transcription? Nuh-uh.
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