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Kin Hachi's Comment
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I'm a new driver and my company is holding me home till I received a a sleep study which the information shows I don't need. And it will be 3 weeks without pay by the time I get the study and 4 before I can get back to work. I can't afford to beat home so long with out earnings. What are my options?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We'd have to know a little more about your situation. Are you under a training contract? Have you already been out on the road or did they send you home from orientation?

If you're not under a contract and you haven't started your training yet then I guess there's nothing stopping you from talking to other companies. There isn't anything you can do about your current company sending you for a sleep study. They have the right to do that.

We've had a lot of people get sent home for a sleep study, get diagnosed with sleep apnea , and have to stay home for a month to get a month's worth of data on their CPAP machine before returning to work. That is not at all uncommon.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

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.

Kin Hachi's Comment
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We'd have to know a little more about your situation. Are you under a training contract? Have you already been out on the road or did they send you home from orientation?

If you're not under a contract and you haven't started your training yet then I guess there's nothing stopping you from talking to other companies. There isn't anything you can do about your current company sending you for a sleep study. They have the right to do that.

We've had a lot of people get sent home for a sleep study, get diagnosed with sleep apnea , and have to stay home for a month to get a month's worth of data on their CPAP machine before returning to work. That is not at all uncommon.

I am in training and only have 1 week left. 2 if need. I finished 3 weeks.

I'm situation isn't really getting a CPAP and the company trucks do support them so I won't be fired in I do. But I'm problem is more of a financial situation than the sleep study.

The only symptoms I have are snorting and 44cm neck. Even the sleepiness questionnaire I got a 1 on and 0-9 is normal. The reason the company insist on it is my trainer observed my possibly falling asleep at the wheel so the request is understandable. But that was i solitude incident and never happened before. Even the sleep lab refused to order the study until they added sleepiness which me and the sleep lab believe it was added only Because of the companies request and based on all the information I don't need one done and still trying to get in touch with my doctor to see if she really believes it's necessary cause if not I can just get a letter to go back to work.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well it certainly does sound like you're in a challenging spot. Unfortunately I'm not sure if there is anything much you can do except try to work through the situation. Quitting the company won't help you financially because it's going to take too long to get through the hiring process and get paychecks rolling in at a new place. Not to mention you're in training and leaving a company during training doesn't look good to other companies.

You really don't have any legal recourse that would help because they're not breaking any laws or regulations and they do have the right to test you.

Unfortunately I can't think of much you can do other than to borrow money from family and friends, sell something, or ask your company if they're willing to forward you some money to get by. I wish I could offer a concrete plan to get you through this but I honestly don't know of any good options. This situation is a real bummer for sure.

Kin Hachi's Comment
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Thank-you for your time and help

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