Nearly all truck drivers may be tested for sleep apnea

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Prime made me do it based on BMI. Paid $600 for test and was negative. I have none of the other issues except now I'm 42. Wonder if they'd make us take it every 2 years? I don't want to pay for a test I don't need. Now that I bought a new marshmallow mattress for my truck I sleep like the dead hahaha

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Sambo's Comment
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I had the test, only had to pay $220, knight paid the rest, however, they found that I do have apnea, so now I have to buy a cpap , looking at about $1300 in equipment I have to buy. If it helps me feel more energetic during the day, I'm all for it.

I am, however, having difficulty finding ways to eat healthy, aside from sheer willpower, which apparently I lack lol, not being able to have a way to freeze food is making things a bit more difficult. Seems like the best I can do at the moment are soups, sandwiched, and fruit. But, I feel it would be difficult to buy things like meat, or other frozen goods, since you'd only really be able to buy enough for about 2 or 3 days at a time, otherwise, it will start going bad in the cooler I would think.

Also, I'm finding it difficult to make it to a grocery. I've been running for about 3 to 4 weeks straight, and the places they send me are generally nowhere near a grocery, so I end up having to eat a lot of dennys and iron skillet, which aren't bad tasting, but they are expensive and not very good for you.

I need to find a way to store frozen foods. I guess I'll just have to buy an ice chest and a bag of ice every 2 days for keeping things frozen, but will an ice chest keep things frozen? Or just chilled?

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Bryn J.'s Comment
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I can see a niche business opportunity, delivering groceries to truckers at Loves and TA's etc.

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Susan D. 's Comment
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Why dont you buy a refrigerator/freezer for your truck?

Tractor Man's Comment
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Its hard to drive anywhere and not be near a Walmart. My 12 VOLT TE Cooler stays between 40-45 degrees. Same as your home refrigerator. I try to stop every week to replenish perishables.

G-Town's Comment
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Its hard to drive anywhere and not be near a Walmart. My 12 VOLT TE Cooler stays between 40-45 degrees. Same as your home refrigerator. I try to stop every week to replenish perishables.

You have no idea...

Tractor Man's Comment
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Its hard to drive anywhere and not be near a Walmart. My 12 VOLT TE Cooler stays between 40-45 degrees. Same as your home refrigerator. I try to stop every week to replenish perishables.

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You have no idea...

LOL. Thats right. G eats,sleeps, and breathes Walmart!

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Sambo's Comment
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Why dont you buy a refrigerator/freezer for your truck?

I would, except, we are not allowed hard wired inverters, although I have heard there is a 12v DC fridge, but the thing costs like $450 or something like that.

Yeah, I could do Wal mart, but seems like I'm either going to warehouses that are out of the way, or the Wal marts are in places that I wouldn't want to take a tractor trailer yet. I'm almost never bobtail , and I'm not sure of Wal marts policy of tractor trailers on their lo .

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Sambo, Walmart is your Friend. Many Walmarts allow you to park in the lot (way out away from the building) Some let you spend a 10 hour break. A few even have special places for truck parking, like a truck stop.

Just act like a guest, don't toss trash on the lot, don't run over curbs, leave the signs standing when you leave, things like that.

I use the app "Trucker Path". When I "need" a WM, I find likely stops and read the in-app reviews. You'll find the ones that let you park, etc. that way.

Sambo's Comment
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Great, I'll try that

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