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you continually say completely normal....sm

Posted By: ridiculous!! What's normal today?.... on 2006-04-15
In Reply to: I'm completely normal and met my normal husband online. sm - R

normal does not exist today on any level, cultural, socioeconomical, et al.....

You must be one of those who has preconceived ideas on sanity.......LOLOL

Oh yeah, D.C. is real normal these years.....Washington DC that is...ROFL

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I'm completely normal and met my normal husband online. sm
I also met casual dates online (read: real social dates, NOT sex hookups), and all were completely normal. I wasn't meeting who I wanted to meet in the other traditional ways (church, through friends, at work, etc) so I looked online and found someone whose sense of humor shined through in his writing, and that is who I eventually married after 2+ years of traditional dating. We are both college grads, gainfully employed, financially stable, non-perverted, normal people. BUT, I did have to sort through a LOT of personal ads, as there are certainly plenty of oddballs out there, as well, just like in the outside world. :-)
i would definitely ask. If they are continually
praising your work then you deserve it after 2-1/2 years.
What do I do about continually late

I started with a company a few months ago and with the exception of one paycheck coming on the actual due date every check has been late.  One was two weeks late with all other ones being a little over a week late.

I like the accounts but this is putting me in a bad financial situation when it comes to paying my bills.  Is it worth staying with a company because of good accounts and good pay if this is happening?

I have emailed several times about this but it keeps on happening.  I have recently let them know that I would have to find employment elsewhere if this issue was not resolved. 

I do not want to start over again though.  Any comments/ways to resolve this would be great.  TIA.


You can replace the 2007 Normal.dotm with your old normal.dot file. sm
Open the old normal.dot in Word and save as the new file format.

The easy way is to load the oldest version first and then upgrade.

as long as the govt continually refuses to

Our kids will be at risk.  I am one who pushed for public schools, thinking if a kid can get through public schools they end up being able to deal with all types/cultures of people.  The govt puts *security guards* in most public schools and the incidents have escalated in the past 20 years!!!  Until the govt cares about our kids, IN ALL AREAS, we are not safe.  I just read today that the US is not checking prisoner mail all across this country regarding terrorists....it's like it's a HALF-ARSED job is being done....they are only going to START checking all the cargo on airplanes, did you know that?  Yep, the cargo underneath where we all sit on a plane is JUST NOW going to commence getting screened/checked.

It's, unfortunately, been evident to me for way too long a time in this country that they don't TRULY CARE about our children, and our children ARE THE FUTURE.  Really galls me and my child is now 25.  *tsk tsk on all of them.......

Unproductive work types continually, for me, DS with ESLs and residents. nm
normal? Normal means you have a.....S/M

There is no *normal* in this life..........

There ARE conformists and nonconformists but normal doesn't exist. Sorry. 

You must have a preconceived idea of what *sanity* is, eh?  *lol*

I had one of those. If you have a completely sm
level back yard, you should do okay with yours. My yard had a slight slant to it which made the pool lopsided which made it very susceptible to collapse. Since I lived in South Florida at that time, I could never use the pool past May because the water was as hot as bath water.

They require a filter change weekly and lots of chemicals. The rim will easily get holes in it, so be very careful, especially if you have dogs that like to jump in and out. And never sit or lean on the edge, or your pool will quickly collapse. If you expect heavy rain, better drain at least 2 inches out of it beforehand.

Strongly advise getting a cover for it!
They are completely different - sm
Smartype is geared toward medical transcription specifically and is much more user friendly than Intellicomplete.
While VR won't take over MT completely,
With VR, one MT can do the work of 2-3 MTs doing straight transcription. So while there will still be MT jobs, there will be less of them. At the same time, you have MT schools churning out new grads willing to work for 1-2 cpl just to get their foot in the door. One MT company is so actively recruiting they are placing ads on Craigslist to get new students. Meanwhile, they have a ton of new grads complaining on their forum every day that they can't find a job. Things are definitely changing in this industry and it is not for the better.
Not normal
Actually, I love my company.  It's just that every year after the 4th it seems to slow down for a short time.  That's all.  I have been with many companies that this has happened at, small and large.  This is the best company and best pay that I've had. 
No I get normal...
That must be a different account they have many accounts I do a VA account
8-10 u/l is normal nm
Yes - CT and MRI, all normal. Dx as
It's normal, like my mom used to say. . . sm

"In order to remember something new, I have to forget something old."

Truth is, you may be able to remember the pair of ice skates you got for Christmas when you were six, but you don't remember to buy milk for 2 days in a row.

My mom always said that her "brain was full of useless information." 


Is this really normal?
I've been with my current national for a year now, and I'm burnt out.  I do acute care work, struggle with lots of ESLs, and work on several different accounts.  For the past 6 months or so, work has been very low on my primary, and I bounce around from account to account, and I only work part-time.  I hate that.  I wish I had a primary that kept me busy and only in rare instances would I have to work on my secondary or tertiary and so on.  Instead, I may work on 4 different accounts in one day just to get in 500 lines, and of course it takes me longer to do that on accounts other than my primary because those accounts have a lot more doctors.  Getting the same ones isn't a daily occurrence, and if you do, they're the difficult dictators.  Is this normal?  It's hard for me to shop around and look for a better national to work for because I don't have high-speed internet access, and some not only want high-speed access, but they also are very specific about what type you need to work for them.  I feel stuck, but I am grateful to have a job and that it's not flipping burgers or working in retail.  Been there, done that....in my youth.
it can be normal, but what is normal?
and it is definitely frustrating, being bounced around. It would slow anybody way down. As far as burn-out -- take more or longer breaks maybe. Exercise inbetween -- walks do wonders for state of mind...maybe try talking to your supe, to see if you could be put on a primary that would have enough work to keep you on IT. Sometimes changing your work hours improves the work flow too, ie, evening shift, weekends... hang in there, as my mom used to say, "the only thing constant is change".

anyone know how to add a normal
You are A-OK and quite normal, actually.
You know, it took me at least 2 years to realize there is nothing wrong with me, as I started to wonder what you are wondering now. I spent 2 years blaming myself, but realized it is just part of getting older. I think it is actually a good thing, because we are not losing focus at all, rather I believe we are probably concentrating more on quality. I know before even in midcareer I did not have much of a tolerance for even commas, I cared about the line count. Now, I actually care about the commas, and the patient care. Plus, I care about my family, my mental well being, as well as the bills. I used to put the bills first and the patient second, and I was single. So, now I accept who I am, what stage of life I am in. The line count seems to be coming back. For the last couple of years when I felt burnt out and blamed myself, I could not do anything to get that line count up, more I blamed myself, more the line count went down. Now, I accept that I have to treat this job differently, accept who I am, and although I won't probably ever get 3K lines a day, and I am happy even half of that, seems like life is easier.
You are quite welcome, and you are not losing your mind. I just hope you don't blame yourself and celebrate your life and your maturity! Good luck :)
Normal sm
Congratulations, you have reached the Twilight Zone. It is normal for those of us who do it, to not remember typing things up and say, "Wow, that's interesting." I think it's normal, anyone else have a humble opinion?
Is this normal pay?
Where in the heck can you make $11.50 in fast food?
I completely agree
These ESLs work hard to learn the language before they come here, many learning it through their school years, come here and legitimately and legally set up their practices (I haven't heard of any doctors complaining that their jobs are being taken by foreigners), and they still have to fight for any respect.
you are welcome and I completely agree with what you are saying!
it seems that so many like to twist around the Word or leave parts out that are uncomfortable. 
I disagree completely. Please SM
It is MY job to ensure MY work product is as error-free as possible. Just because I get paid piecemeal does not give me license to just send it to QA for the sake of make a few extra pennies.

As far as your statement on the influence on our paychecks, you're right on -- but for a different reason. Because of higher quality, you will qualify for incentive plans, be offered more variety in worktypes, and when the chips are down STILL HAVE A JOB.

I NEVER want to be paid by the hour again, regardless. Minutes are NOT tick-tocking away at my pay! I'm too fast AND skilled to ever limit myself in that fashion again!
Completely understand now -- wish
I was still in house.
I understand completely...
Every morning she jumps onto my desk, goes behind the monitor, on top of the printer, comes down the printer (which by now is beeping from her stepping on the buttons), then she steps in front of the monitor and bumps her head into mine. She will not let me work until I get up, go into the kitchen, and open a can of the most gosh-awfulest smelling food.

This is a ritual...what a way to start the day! :)
I agree completely!!
When I first started typing for MedQuist, if there was a difficult doctor, I would skip over it. As time progressed, the more typing I did, the better I got and didn't want to skip over reports, I wanted to be able to type whatever came up! If you NEVER type these heavy accented doctors, you will NEVER learn to do them. I agree with you "Got the Letter" and am waiting for my phone call!!
I agree with you completely

when EVERYONE criticizes how the government is run and how they do things? Why put your life and those of your family in jeopardy waiting on the government to help you. What happened to PEOPLE helping each other?  People seeing that their elderly neighbors get to safety? People pulling together to solve these issues? Why do so many seem to be waiting to see what the government can do for them??  The government has enough problems!  I certainly would not rely on the government for ANYTHING!  Do these people want to government telling them what to do in their everyday lives?  If so, move to a country with no democracy! 


  I'm finished for the time being.. but WAKE UP PEOPLE!

I agree with you completely

and believe me, they don't give a patient a discount because they feel guilty. They don't give the employees yearly raises. While they (and the 2 office managers) get their bonuses and go buy brand new cars, SUVs, boats, vacation homes and, yes, even airplanes, they have plenty of employees struggling to make ends meet. One employee (that I know of, a newly divorced woman) recently took bankruptcy and our insurance is so bad that most of us can't afford to even go to the doctor as we have $2,600 deductible for a single person!  I would NOT feel guilty one bit!  


I completely agree with you . .
Did you see Tanya Tucker's reality show? I loved that. There's one about roller derby girls and a new one is coming out about rodeo cowboys - sounds exciting to me.
I completely agree - sm

I love it when they say thank you.  It makes me smile every time.  It also makes me smile and chuckle a little when I get one that will laugh at themself when he/she gets tripped up on their words.

I agree completely
Sad but so true.
This is completely not true

If you read the instructions of any of the federal returns about the issue of filing for an extension, it will tell you that you can file a form to ask for time to get the finished return in to them (until August 15 I believe), but you must send in what you believe you owe with the form filing for the extension.  If at the time of filing the actual return, you still owe money, then the issue regarding penalties and interest comes into play.  If you fail to file a return or an extension request and you expect a refund, you have up to 3 years to file the actual return with no penalties.

Just remember, you still must pay what you believe you owe when you file for an extension.

Have I just completely lost it?...
Sometimes when I am working if I get a doctor with a sexy voice I try googling him to see if I can find a picture.  Every now and then I do find a picture but most of the time I am disappointed with how they look.  Does anyone else do this?
That is completely unethical.

That service found you that job. They trained you on that job. They did your QA on that job. And now the doc's office wants to go around the service and hire you direct, and obviously cheaper?!  First of all, know that if they can replace you cheaper, they will. Second, I hope it's a really, really good stable job, because you will be blacklisted among MTSO's and never work again... Talk about ungrateful.

Clueless but not completely
Iím somewhat clueless and really donít know what to do.  I have over 5 years of distant (1973-1978) orthopedic experience, before MT was a hot item and have been working as an IC for one person for 2.5 years, doing mainly Urology and Urology-related Radiology.  I have not had formal MT training.  In reading all these board messages I donít totally get it, i.e. Acute care, what is it? I just found out what the Basic 4 are.  I feel like a moron even though I know Iím not.  Nonetheless, Iím not getting enough work, have submitted a few resumes to a few sites.  Am wondering if I need to get formal training/certification.  I was lucky to get what I did without the certification, but Iím ready to go further in terms of specialities, OP reports, consultations, etc.  But, I am apprehensive about the whole enchilada.  Is anyone out there who has been in my shoes?  Any advice and/or recommendations would be appreciated.
I agree with you completely!
And now that many companies are cracking down on and checking quality due to client complaints and sloppiness, I would bet many MT line counts will be going down real fast.  Remember, haste makes waste... and slow but steady wins the race!
Not completely true
You can work IC or temp and still draw unemployment just have to report what you make.  If it is more than 1/2 of your weekly pay, you then begin to lose 1/1 dollar and when you eventually make more than what your weekly entitlement is, you lose it completely.  But she will have to actively be looking for work and AVAILABLE for fulltime work.  Just like insurance forms it is all in the wordking.  Available and looking for work.   I have drawn years ago when I used to be an employee and still worked temp jobs.  If they ran over the amount I did not file for that week and drew nothing.   My brothre-in-law last year was laid off as the CEO of Smukers jam as they closed  his plant.  They kept him on as a consultant as an IC and when he worked he did not file and when he did not he drew his unemployment.   It went on for a year as he was entitled to 26 weeks and because of him working off and on it lasted for a year.  You just have to report the earnings. 
Completely addicted to that
Craigslist. I have bought several very nice items off lately including 2 Persian rugs, 1 for $75 and the other for $95, both large, the last 8 x 11. Fantastic buys. I absolutely am in love with it.
Oh, I completely agree. (sm)
I've also seen 20-year MTs who proudly announce that they don't know the difference between there, their and they're, and it doesn't matter anyway. (?!!)

It is appalling. But those people also rarely post on boards because it's just a job they put in and they don't usually want to use a computer or talk about work outside of work (in my experience).

Maybe if somebody had let them know differently in the beginning, they would have chosen another career or taken the time to learn the English language.

You are only the second English major MT I have come across, and the other one is the best MT whose work I've seen.

Completely agree
Always have two companies, at least.
i completely agree.
"Assault" may sound nicer than "rape" but it's NOT the same thing. It's the MT's job to accurately record the doctor's words, pretty or not. Of course we may correct grammar but certainly not the meaning of a document.

These are sometimes used as legal documents and that should always be taken into account.
I mean, it's not as though we have nothing else to do! These tests take a long time and unless you have no job, they are much too time consuming. The worst is when you don't pass after spending so much time.

Also, you go through the grammar, etc. and then come to that?!

I think a couple of carefully selected files will tell them everything they need to know about your skill level.

NO. Not lazy at all!
I completely concur.
By the way, my keyboard completely different from the other 2
Agree completely. Sometimes I am not even
sure if I am talking to the same person when they do not use their same initials or names with every post.
This is completely untrue. SM
I emailed a response while they were looking for moderators. I received a wonderful email with no broken English giving me all the sign-in information needed as well as complete instructions. It was NOT signed by Dr. Ahmed. I will not give out the name, as they clearly stated they do not want that known until this whole mess blows over. I will, however, delete any more of these outright lies I see on this board.
I agree completely (sm)

As another poster said, our bodies "know" when we have typed a certain number of lines.  Having worked for various transcription companies, I found it difficult to even reach the minimum lines with many of these places.  I feel very fortunate to have found an MTSO that is honest.  Guess what, I am transcribing over 2,000 lines in 5 or 6 hours!  I am saving every penny possible because I know it will not last forever.  

Time to do something completely different

You've turned completely inward.  Time to look outward.  Walk outside your four  walls and walk away from cyberspace - they'll still be there when you come back.  Talk face to face with people.  Go for a walk to somewhere completely different each day.  Volunteer somewhere in your community.  Befriend and be helpful to your neighbors. Sitting in the dark online 18 hours a day is a habit that can't be good for anybody - face it and change your behavior, or you will inevitably be forced out of your hideyhole into the world anyway.  You can either embrace, choose and take charge of changes, or wait until you have no choice. 

This may sound a little weird, but try using feng shui to rearrange your apartment - it can make a difference.  Just moving my work space to a different part of the room worked for me (my productivity greatly improved).  Good luck, and don't let this beat you.

Completely up to the client

At my first job I typed disc because that's what they wanted.  On the next job half the clients wanted disk and I went nuts keeping it straight.  At current job all clients want disk.  I put it in my ShortHand to change disc to disk, because of the bad habit I learned at the first job.  If I should get another account that wants disc, I will make them a separate shorthand tab and try to remember to switch to it when I get one of their jobs.  It sure would help if all clients agreed on this issue.

I agree completely
Well said. It's been said time and time again there are no grammar police on this board but they're here all the time just the same.