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Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Knee replacement

I'm a huge fan of that kind of therapy! Also a fan of 40 mg of kenalog and marcaine

I am a HUGE proponent of the cryo-therapy packs. (I recommend the DonJoy IceMan Clear3 unit)

I have metal plates, screws, and wires in both ankles. I was off opiate pain meds in two days for daylight, (still dosed at night) and fully off by day 6 onto just Advil and Tylenol.

Workman's comp is one of the very few insurance situations that allow these units, but they are worth their weight in gold. I have used mine on both ankles, and my knee, so I'm pretty much sold on their use. I would freeze water bottles, and drop those into the tank. It didn't get as cold as cubes, but lasted far longer.

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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Two Month's Experience Reflections

Well that sounds about right matt. It's almost like you wrote my story. Good for you man!

Thanks for going smoothly and I had my most challenging day today. Got to a shipper they messed up and loaded the wrong load on me. They caught it after I had everything secured in one tarp thrown. So that led to a 6-hour ordeal. Now I have a check engine light on. Off to the terminal tomorrow for a check.

Otherwise, no complaints. I'm glad to hear that you're doing well!

Posted:  6 days, 15 hours ago

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2022 Operation Road Check

Crazy. Went through LA, AL, GA and TN. Nothing at all like TX. They were very aggressive this year. At least it is over now.

What a difference between the states. Texas has been very aggressive. Crossed over into Louisiana and I see no law enforcement presence at all. I'll get the sample Arkansas and Tennessee tomorrow.

Posted:  6 days, 15 hours ago

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Bizarre encounter with another driver

Man! What a bummer. I avoid places with a lot of trucks around because of the dumbassery.

You handled it well. Kudos

Posted:  1 week ago

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2022 Operation Road Check

What a difference between the states. Texas has been very aggressive. Crossed over into Louisiana and I see no law enforcement presence at all. I'll get the sample Arkansas and Tennessee tomorrow.

Posted:  1 week ago

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It's Official !!!

I believe they're fetish involves money. Steve Reno learn how to play mahjong. I I am envious. Still a few years away from hanging out in Cebu for a while.

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Congratulations, safe flight and best of luck over there. gf/wife there iirc isn't there? She isn't one of the ones panicking about the recent election results is she?

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Got my airline ticket and my first days hotel room....I depart on July 1st @ 12:30 pm outta LAX 13 hours to a 3 hr lay-over in Seoul, Korea. Then 4 hour flight, to land on July 3rd @ 1 a.m. @ Cebu/Mactan airport

Just couple things to do, to have everything needed, to depart without issue....Antigen neg. test, travel insur. And an exit, throw away ticket to Singapore, since I bought a 1 way ticket. Have to have those last things, or they won't let ya even board the flight.

Just gotta play their stupid game, better than them 😂😂😂😂

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Funny they elected another Marcos. Wonder if he or relatives have a foot fetish? ;-)

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Thoughts After My First Week Solo

I saw this thread. How are you doing mountain? I'm actually heading out for a month. I told my DM I wanted to run out west. I like that better!

Ended up getting sick and in the hospital last week. Sent me home after an ER visit but I had to stay off for a week. This is my first day back and I am absolutely wiped. That stuff I had is no joke

Hope you're hanging in there and still enjoying yourself.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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2022 Operation Road Check

Not sweating this. Just being prepared. Oh and running the back roads. Ran empty past a scalehouse today. All full with inspectors looking at trucks in ways I have never seen before. Looked busy. Thankfully this outfit is good with keeping up the equipment

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Mixed Feelings on Helping

G Town. Can you help me slide the spread axle on my trailer? I've been trying for months and the damn thing won't move.

This here…

…happened to me when I saw a driver on the scale in a tiny TS in DE running a 53’ dry van with the tandems set all the way to rear. He was headed south… this setting is not legal on the East Coast.

His total gross weight? 45,000lbs. He’d “scale” legal no matter where his tandems were set. He picked up the trailer from a shipper and didn’t want or know how to move his tandems. I tried to explain the ramifications if he hit an open scale running like this… didn’t register to him. Said he wasn’t in Cali (no sh__) Offered to help him move the tandems… not interested.

I walked away, waved and wished him luck. Whatever.

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Good on you for helping.

I like to help also and often do help newer drivers that ask me for help in person or call me with questions. BUT if you ask me for help and then want to argue for 30 minutes or don’t want to take my advice and put in the work you can go **** yourself.

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Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Mixed Feelings on Helping

I really don't mind trying to help. I am not going to enable. Help though. Sure thing. It is a duty to society. Just wish more people had that thought. Seems we are competitive to an extreme today and willing to throw one another under the bus. I like it when you see the connection being made by someone. It is a cool thing.

As for the OP. Who knows? You may have let that guy vent enough to prevent him from being distracted and driving. He might have felt a little better, recollected his thoughts and focused on what he needed after you were done. You'll never know. Busy lives, busy times and all you can do is hope you did the right thing.

Painful at times. Hell to the yes. I was in a helping profession. There were days I felt drained after work. Depleted.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Hair test

Hair follicle tests can kiss my A$$. That being said most of the big players seem to be in love with the idea. Better to plan on them doing it and be surprised if they don't.

I am going to get righteously stoned out of my mind once I retire. Not the least bit ashamed to say so and if some ******bag doesn't like it........well tough. In the meantime......DOT says it is a no no so I will leave it be.

Best of luck to you as you go forward in your career.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Should I be concerned if I never drove a 10 speed but got my CDL A in a 6 speed?

Glad you got hired.

I was going to make a joke and tell you that you only need six gears anyhow if you aren't loaded. We trained on them in school. Wasn't terribly difficult. You'll pick it up really quickly. Me......loving the automatic most of the time. Especially on hills.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Diverticulitis

Left lower quadrant pain. Nausea. Typical stuff for that diagnosis. I've diagnosed it clinically many times. Wasn't hard to narrow things down and know that I needed some kind of treatment.

I'll have to be more careful to control the things I can and avoid a flare. Important to stay hydrated for starters. Flatbedding world.....easy to get on the dry side of things during the summer.

What are your symptoms?

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Diverticulitis

Really sorry to hear that. I've dealt with it in the clinic and in ER when people have flares. It hurts.

This one was a little different though. No autoimmune stuff. I think it was self inflicted from dehydration and constipation. Going to have to change things up a little when I roll next week.

Summer is here and securement in the heat adds a layer of challenges that caught me a bit by surprise.

I have Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis and it wasn't the most fun thing to experience in the beginning. With routine tests and medication it is somewhat controllable. I have had 1 surgery for a diseased section of small intestine from it and weight loss of 50 lbs. in a month's time twice but I have lived with it for over 40 years. Medicine, diet, exercise and testing and hopefully you will be able to tolerate it. Good luck.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Diverticulitis

About as accurate as you can get with a CT Scan and IV contrast. Lights your guts up like a Christmas tree on the scanner.

And yessir, I do feel fine today although tired :-)

Doctor diagnosed and how confident that's an accurate diagnosis?

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Diverticulitis

Have any of you experienced this? I am sidelined until Tuesday. Got a follow up with the PCP on Monday. I know things will be okay. Just wondering if anyone else has fallen ill from this?

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Why Does This Crazy Stuff Keep Happening To Me?

Some of those dudes have a problem early on distinguishing between gross and net. I just smile and nod because I know profit margins and they're very tight! I figure experience in time will provide the lessons that are needed

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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C.R. England Nightmare Experience (True Story, Need Help! Nondrug User Tested Positive!)

Congratulations on getting past this obstacle. Now the real fun starts.

I have a friend who used to drive. I was talking to him. He started joking with me. He said, your job is easy. All you do is sit behind a wheel and go from place to place.

Best of luck to you!

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Did I just lose my job

I am very new too. I made an error under similar circumstances. Tired towards the end of the day etc. It happens! I was pretty upset when it happened not so worried about it now. Just make the mental note careful and slow down towards the end of the day. I find when I'm tired I have to be very deliberate and careful about my decisions. Stuff can happen in the rig pretty quickly. The other place where I am overly cautious and try to be hyper aware is the hell known as truck stops.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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The “Knock on the door”

I try hard to park at a consignee. The parking issue is a pain in the ass.

Just got done reading an article about truck parking in lack of it. I guess some legislatures are taking notice and trying to help. Unfortunately it's going to be a long time before we see any improvement.

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