Sunday, September 8, 2013

Pardon My Rant, and Good News



This photo has nothing to do with this post but makes me go to a happy place.  Port Douglas, Coral Sea, 2009
Is it just me or is time zooming along faster?  That's FREE TIME, I'm talking about, naturally, not working hours.  Hence the rant.  The insane backlog we're experiencing in the transcription department, caused mainly by three new doctors starting at the same time when we were already three weeks behind, has reached critical mass.  All we type for eight hours are RUSH dictations with time deadlines all day long--and there are five of us.  It is very exhausting.  Top that with computer program problems/bugs leading to extra steps, new state regulations requiring a separate document for each Workers' Comp report, a rat in the attached bathroom, and hot and humid temps for two weeks, and you have one tired and cranky staff.  Last week, a short week due to the holiday, two of my co-workers were out on separate dates, meaning even more workload for the rest of us. I have a stack of transcribed but unedited/incomplete charts I just couldn't finish last week. Two days I took no morning break, two days no afternoon break.  Add to that the cacophony of water mains being replaced on the side street and street closure making already scanty parking a nightmare for FOUR weeks, and massive earth-movers at nearby construction leading to no peace even on a walk at break time.  As grateful as I am to be employed, this has been a really hard few weeks! 

And now for the good news--my only sister is here!  After a nearly 30 year absence, Kathy has moved back to her hometown for a life reboot.   Lots of good times up ahead are planned, hopefully that include quilting.  We're already seeing a lot of each other as we are keeping her dog at our place.  Many thanks to my brother Ted and sister-in-law Laura for making the move possible, and to my mom and dad for opening their home to her.  You guys are the best! 

16 comments:

Janet O. said...

Sounds like you could use a happy place about now! : )
How far apart in age are you and your sister?

Lorraine said...

Wow - rant completely in order I would say! Heavens to Betsy those are some trying working conditions right there! Hope everything is on the up soon...and fantastic that you have your sister back in town!

Kathie said...

happy for you that your Sister moved back to your hometown....
sorry about the work, guess just keep plugging along

Kathie

Quilt Hollow said...

Nice to hear your sister is back for your enjoyment! Having too much work is better than no paycheck at all...hang tough it will pass.

quilter said...

Sorry to hear work load is so heavy right now....if you have a Compliance Dept., they must also be in a panic with that much delay. You need more HELP!! Hang in there!

Gloria
gyates625@bellsouth.net

Stephanie said...

Comic relief is in order. My sister and I just spent 4 days together in a hotel room. We always fear our laughing will get us kicked out. I hope you experience lots of great times ahead with your sister.

Gypsy Quilter said...

I'm looking for some part time weekend work if your docs are willing to dictate on micro cassette or CD. I understand back log. Have been there myself and it's no fun. Tell them I have 16 yrs experience. So long as they speak English, I can handle it. Glad your sister is settling in. Hope you get a break soon.

Shay said...

I'd be ranting too - sounds like work is completely insane and I find I can only do that for a week before I start dreaming of holidays or winning lotto!

How completely cool that your sister is back in town. You guys are going to have so much fun !

At the corner of Scrap and Quilts said...

I am so happy that you talk about your workplace like that. You know I read other people's blog and everything is always so pink and rosy and I feel bad. I mean I am happy for them, but when I have a hard day at work and I read their happy post, I'm thinking "Am I the only one who loses patience and gets crabby? AM I the only one with bad days? Why can't I get a grip on myself?" Your post makes me feel like I am normal. There are others like me! Yeah! I recond your situation is pretty bad and it's been going on for a long time. I feel for you. I recommend a laughter therapy for at least a hour a day. I am positive your sister can help you with that. Hang in there; it will come to pass.

Kate said...

Hope it starts to slow down soon. Maybe you can sneak in a quilt retreat with your sister. Quilting always helps me with any insane stuff going on.

Vivian said...

I'm glad to read about your sister being nearby, but reading about the work situation makes my stomach churn. It's definitely the pits. I wish I could help out. Hey! I could! I know how to do what you do! and I'm now retired! Maybe I need to take a trip to CA and see if your office wants a temp. (only half kidding)
Hang in there, Annie.

Quilter Kathy said...

Too much stress and not enough quilting :(
Hopefully it gets better soon...sounds like you need another staff member to help out, even temporarily?

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