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I was sent home from Celadon Academy...

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Cwc's Comment
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Positive 28° huh? Don't we have someone on the boards that is currently stuck in WY with -35 -40° temps?

Mr M's Comment
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Sorry to hear that. should be no issu returning after you get cleared by a doc

Rainy D.'s Comment
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You said they conspired to lie to you...but you don't know that. Perhaps the original app is considered declined and they expect you to fill out another in march. You never inquired but are bashing them.

Also consider the stripping to bra...sexual harrasment is a crazy law that can be used maliciously. A man or woman could sue them for being traumatized by witnessing you in your bra. No offense...it's just how it is. So perhaps in order to alleviate those type of entanglements they had to put on the record that you were "warned" or otherwise corrected before you return.

Seriously, if I tell a dirty joke to Robby from Prime and Turtle overhears it...even if we are at Walmart and nowhere near prime...and neither are on the clock...turtle can file sexual harassment charges against me at prime. On the flip side...sexism is a huge deal in trucking and they could be concerned you would create issues.

We are too litigious as a society.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
's Comment
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Never, EVER trust a turtle! ;-)

DW, I know things are extremely tough for you right now... Been there, done that, never got a t-shirt! You might honestly look at finding something temporary that can help you get on more solid ground while you investigate you health situation. Your health, both physical and mental are paramount to you! Trucking will always be around and you're never too "old" to start...I have only almost three months into it and I'm 61 (and half!). If it's what you truly want to do (and not just looking at it as a ways to a financial means) then you'll find a way... AFTER you are physically and mentally ready. There is good news... If it's any consolation, I've done an extensive search on YouTube and found no video of your near topless event! ;-)

You are in my prayers... Best of luck to you and, as mentioned before, keep us updated please...

Mr M's Comment
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Also just to give you a little insight. my truck broke down in -42F and I was stuck without hear for 9.5 hours. 28F is very survivable where -40+ very easy to die

Susan D. 's Comment
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My company will mark an application "declared " if there is a delay in their start date. A simple phone call gets the application status changes. Maybe that's what Celadon did. Call them and ask.

Cwc's Comment
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Also just to give you a little insight. my truck broke down in -42F and I was stuck without hear for 9.5 hours. 28F is very survivable where -40+ very easy to die

See... I knew someone was...

Vendingdude's Comment
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Whoa. No bunk heater or APU?

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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If the fuel gels the APU won't work either. It takes the fuel from the main truck tanks.

Without an APU the bunk heater and any appliances such as refrigerator etc could drain the truck batteries. Our trucks only idle for five minutes to conserve fuel so gelling sucks and turns into hotel time.

Heck...in WY with -9 and wind chills...even though my bunk heater and APU were working, they couldn't compete with the drafts coming into the truck. Inside ofnmy truck was in the low 40s when i normallybahve it at 70 degrees lol The cold came right through the walls. I have since draped my walls with fabric as insulation.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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I've seen a couple people scoffing at 28 degree temperatures being dangerous. While I was not there and I do not know the whole story, I do know that 28 degree temperatures can be dangerous, especially if you do not dress properly for it.

Wind was mentioned. A stiff breeze at 28F can have a huge impact on weather danger.

Being overdressed when indoors, getting a bit sweaty, then stepping out into windy cold conditions can be VERY dangerous.

The person's size and body mass have a huge impact on how long they can retain heat. I'm 5'8" 260 and carry a lot more fat than I should on top of what used to be a very muscular body. I can hang out in shorts and a T-shirt in a breeze at 28F for hours if need be, but I'd not like it much. If the OP is a small, slender person carrying little body fat, she could easily die in temperatures that would only annoy me, if we were protected with similar clothing levels.

Did you know that you can die from hypothermia, sleeping in a waterbed in a house at 72F, if the water in the bed isn't heated?

That said, I have to agree that there are symptoms associated with hypothermia as extreme as what was described that a medical professional would have noted, and hypothermia that bad isn't treated with a cup of cocoa and a blanket. We're talking about organ failure level hypothermia here.

What I suspect happened is that the OP was wearing too much clothing inside, got sweaty, then went outside into the windy cold. The sweat, temperatures, and wind worked together to make them utterly miserable and perhaps even put them into legitimate first stages of hypothermia.

They sought shelter, and unconsciously recognized that their clothing being moist with sweat was part of the problem, and started stripping down, not fully aware of why they were doing it. This is different from paradoxical stripping, because there is a reason for it. The brain is working, and reporting a real problem. Wet clothes are friggin' cold. I wonder if anyone bothered to check to see if the bottom layer of her clothing was wet with sweat before too much time passed and it dried out.

Body energy reserves are also critical to cold weather hardiness. I have never 'juiced' before, and don't know if that particular diet can cause issues with cold weather hardiness.

All in all, I find it unfair for people to be criticizing the OP for experiencing a severe cold reaction which may in fact have been completely legitimate.

I will leave aside the other aspects of the thread.

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