Thursday, July 24, 2008

Overworked and Underpaid

I've been working for a transcription company in Florida for about 8 months now. It's going well. Sure, it's not a perfect job, but hey, it's paying the bills, right.

Last week, my friend Carrie offered me a part-time job transcribing notes for her mental health facility. Cool beans. Extra money means Mama can buy more electronic gadgets. Woo hoo!

An hour after I got off the phone with Carrie, Michelle, a nurse with whom I worked at Dr. Gabrail's office, called me and said that her boss wants to hire me as a transcriptionist. I had my interview yesterday and it went extremely well. So, I'll be doing part-time work for Carrie and part-time work for Dr. Eicher. Cool.

Then I got a phone call from Ann who wants me to type an 8-hour interview between a son and his ailing father. I said yes. That 8-hour interview will take me roughly 40 hours to type...while working for the other doctors.

All this time, I planned to continue working for the Florida company because I hate to turn down work.

This morning's phone call, of course, changed that strategy. A former client called and said their transcriptionist just turned in her notice and they want me to start tomorrow. Tomorrow?? Holy shit!

So, I called Terry from Florida and turned in my notice. She took it very well and said I was welcome back anytime. I think my fingers may just fall off from too much long, hard dic at one time. Isn't that how John Holmes died??


  1. You go girl! I was always hoping that you would work hard and be able to support me in my old age. That's NOW!!! Remember, when it rains, it pours.

  2. I was afraid for you when you called the Florida office to turn down work, because Karma happens and all (and how can you turn down steady work, blah-blah-blah).

    Are you playing the Lottery?

    I'm playing the lottery. Haven't won more than $11 at a time and that's not even enough to buy a Kobe hamburger at Wolfgang Puk's, the schmuck.

    I think it'd be cool if some newspaper ran a weekly article on medical transcription. Like Sex and the City, only...dic.

    You'd fill that SPACE quite well, ay wot?

  3. One of these days you should write a biography of all your adventures as a transcriptionist, working at mother, and an overworked, underpaid civilian.