How To Handle Sickness On The Road ?

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Bryan Q.'s Comment
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So as I lay in my bed thinking about school and training. I’m shivering with three layers of clothing and wrapped in a blanket. Stomach feels a little weird , headache and etc. so I’m wondering once I start driving and I’m solo and I’m under a load what happens if I get sick ? Obviously would like to drive as far as I can. But reality I may need to stop. So what will happen in that circumstance ??

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Old School's Comment
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You just let your dispatcher know what's going on, and if you need to take a rest they'll either change your appointment or have another driver come hook to your trailer and finish the load. This is easily worked out most of the time. If you have to surrender the load to another driver you will get paid for the portion of the driving that you did.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Funny thing is, i get sick less than i did before trucking. we have a doctors office in our terminal so i could get routed there. or you can get an uber from a truck stop and walmarts fill prescriptions. we also have a phone app for a virtual doctor visit who takes our insurance.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Here is another little tip that has worked for me for decades.

Learn the signs your body gives you. I can tell when I am coming down with something. That day and for 3-4 days after I take 2-3 aspirin in the morning and just before bed. This works to keep t he fever down so your immune system can concentrate on fighting the illness.

Kind of like knocking it on its keester before the fight starts.

This usually happens once maybe twice a year for me. About once every 5-10 years there comes along a bug that kicks back and knocks me down for 2-3 days.

If you stay away from people for the most part you will be good. In other words dont hang out in tthe truckers lounge.

I also don't use antibacterial anything. I am not going tto create a super bug in my environment. One strong bug will not harm you but if you kill all the others and only the strong can reproduce, now you have millions attacking you

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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I've only gotten sick enough to require medical attention on the road twice. Both times I was able to locate a walk-in clinic close by to where I was stopping. Once I had to call a cab to take me there and to the pharmacy, the other time they had ample room for the bobtail , as did the grocery store/pharmacy across the street. Being sick and feverish and miserable in a truck is pure hell, but dispatchers and load planners get sick too and understand things like "I need to find a doctor."

Bobtail:

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

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Big Scott's Comment
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I don't get sick much. Usually a cold or two per year. I keep non drowsy cold medicine, pain reliever, some band aids, a cold compress and tripple antibiotic ointment. Be careful, walking, lifting and getting in and out of truck. If you get hurt and need medicle attention, call an ambulance then dispatch. You and your health always comes first. Many people fall out here. Also, drivers have had everything from paper cuts to death. We are still people dealing with life. Prescriptions can often be filled at any Walmart. Hope that helps.

Reyn R.'s Comment
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If you can keep a small bottle of grapefruit seed extract around it will be your best friend. It helped me three times. 1) salmonella poisoning from bad chicken, gone wi5 1 dose. 2) hellified diarrhea in India from food that wasn’t cooked properly, gone with 3 doses. 3) mild diarrhea from too much fried food again in India,1dose. If you feel a cold starting, it will keep it from becoming worse. According to the holistic nutritionist who introduced me to it, it’s a natural antibiotic. It worked wonders for me so it’ll definitely be in my first aid kit.

K.R.'s Comment
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Do note that grapefruit anything can interact badly with a lot of medications, including some relatively innocuous medications. So be careful, and check with a pharmacist.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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If you can keep a small bottle of grapefruit seed extract around it will be your best friend. It helped me three times. 1) salmonella poisoning from bad chicken, gone wi5 1 dose. 2) hellified diarrhea in India from food that wasn’t cooked properly, gone with 3 doses. 3) mild diarrhea from too much fried food again in India,1dose. If you feel a cold starting, it will keep it from becoming worse. According to the holistic nutritionist who introduced me to it, it’s a natural antibiotic. It worked wonders for me so it’ll definitely be in my first aid kit.

thanks sweet info. never would have tbought of it. and i wont be eating indian food after reading this

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Reyn R.'s Comment
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Rainy, as luck would have it I had to take my own advice & medicine. Literally spent NYE with my seat on the bowl & my face in a bucket, at the same time. 8 hours of hell. Then I had to drive from Lake Hopatcong to Bklyn then home to Queens. I had ran out of my extract but was able to get some the day before yesterday. Stomach is much better now. Get this, all I had was a sausage, egg & cheese on roll, custard pie & Snapple orange-ade.

The brand that I use is called: (I use 5-15 drops depending on severity. But please do check if it doesn’t affect any meds you may be on)

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