Might Return To OTR

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Kyle M.'s Comment
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I'm one of the many many people on this website who quit their over the road life just months into it. I didn't think I could deal with being away from home anymore and not sleeping well. But I've been home for about 4 to 5 months now. Doing some serious thinking in that time. I've realized I did in fact enjoy the otr life and do miss it. The sleeping thing I think a big part of it is im a very bad nicotine addict and on top of sleep apnea that doesn't help. I'm thinking about going back over the road soon. But want to try and quit chewing first. Some of you may remember me but many probably won't. I just want to thank everyone for all the advice you gave me but my mental state at the time wasn't in check. Can't wait to get back into the forum and hear from some of you. Have a fantastic day

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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When you're ready start with the company you were with, assuming you left on good terms. You will most likely have to do refresher training with a trainer. Also, if you haven't done so yet, many companies will require a sleep study for your apnea. They will want you to have a specific CPAP machine that talks to them , so they can monitor your use.

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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Looking forward to hearing how things go for ya Kyle. Stay in touch and keep us updated.

Kyle M.'s Comment
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I did leave on good terms and I already have the cpap with the real time tracker. I wouldn't have a single problem with going back with who I was working for I had a great experience there. Small company great equipment and friendly people. When I decided to not drive anymore the head of safety called me and told me they would hire me back in a heart beat when I'm ready. I defintley miss driving that big beautiful t680 down the road. I will keep everyone update and if any of you have had luck with quitting chewing/smoking any good tips I should know ?

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.

Pianoman's Comment
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Good luck Kyle. I agree with the others--your best bet is to just go back to the company you left.

I will keep everyone update and if any of you have had luck with quitting chewing/smoking any good tips I should know ?

I quit smoking cold turkey. I wasn't a 2 packs a day guy, but I was a social smoker. Otr actually helped me since I wasn't around coworkers who smoked.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Jim F.'s Comment
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Try applying the same principals that they use in AA for quitting. I did and it worked for me. Understanding the addiction process is key. Just a note. Been sober and smoke free for 31 yrs. dancing-banana.gif

I did leave on good terms and I already have the cpap with the real time tracker. I wouldn't have a single problem with going back with who I was working for I had a great experience there. Small company great equipment and friendly people. When I decided to not drive anymore the head of safety called me and told me they would hire me back in a heart beat when I'm ready. I defintley miss driving that big beautiful t680 down the road. I will keep everyone update and if any of you have had luck with quitting chewing/smoking any good tips I should know ?

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.

Kyle M.'s Comment
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That's awesome to hear Jim congrats and I'll probably try the cold turkey method

Dave Reid's Comment
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Kyle - two suggestions on the nicotine addiction:

1) a lot of people I've known that quit successfully used some tool to separate the physiological issues from the psychological issues. Since you currently chew tobacco, possibly getting a script for the patch and a case of chewing gum might be helpful to you...chew the gum while gradually tapering off the nicotine, then taper off the gum if you want to, or not. Cold turkey works for some, but many fail at it.

2) my father was a 2-3 pack a day smoker for decades. Then he spent a decade trying to quit...tried numerous methods. Finally, someone suggested that he try hypnosis, which he did. One session and he never smoked again.

Other than that, I'll mention that it took me two tries to make OTR work for myself, but I've been out for nine months now and I love it. Currently, I've driven every day for nearly two months...but have been able to spend a night or a lunch or something with a couple of friends and a couple of relatives during that time. I'm planning on going another few weeks and then taking a week off. Best of wishes to you for a successful restart!

That's awesome to hear Jim congrats and I'll probably try the cold turkey method

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reyn R.'s Comment
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It was easier to quit narcotics than cigarettes. 34 years sober. The cigs was a battle, I ate like a pig, drank gallons of water, worther’s original candies, lots of sweets really. I got really pudgy! Got to a 36 waist but I’m 5’ 6”. After the cravings got under control, I focused on not eating as much, lost most of the pounds. It’s different for everyone I guess, need to find a motivation or a focus to cling on to when those cravings kick in. Mine was a woman!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kyle M.'s Comment
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Thanks yall I'll probably try the cold turkey method first and then if that doesn't work try the gum. I'm gonna try quitting soon I'll keep everyone updated

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