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Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

Haven't heard anything on the terminal job yet, so I called my boss today to see if he talked to whoever does the hiring like he said he would, and found out he was off today. Decided to wait and call him tomorrow to see what's up. Heard back from Swift Charities, and while it was implied I would be getting help on all bills except medical and satellite tv, ended up only getting approved for one month of rent, $500. And they don't put it on the commdata card where I can get it immediately, I have to wait for a check to come in the mail. Haven't heard back from unemployment yet either, supposed to hear a determination by Monday. If approved I'll get a lump some payment for the back weeks, about $2000, which will keep my head above water for another month or two. If denied, I'm pretty much screwed. And also, had to borrow $100 from my brother today to go buy a new vacuum cleaner, because mine caught fire this morning and burned holes in the carpet. Sigh....so tired.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

Edwardsville KS is my home terminal. I know my driver leader and some other people are putting in a good word for me. Helps that I was on a regional fleet where I was in there a few times a week. But feel free if ya know some people there, couldn't hurt. Only good thing about rock bottom is only way to go is up. And thanks again for all the thoughts and prayers.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

Well, it's official. Medical card denied for one year. I've applied for a driver leader position at my terminal in the hope of keeping my medical insurance in place. It'll be an hour commute each way, but I don't mind driving, ha ha. It's also not too much of a paycut. They are holding off on terminating me to see if I get the job. I applied for unemployment 3 weeks ago, determination next week. If approved I'll get a lump sum for the back weeks which will help.

I am mentally and emotionally exhausted. Trying to keep my stress in check because it's affecting my blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Thanks to everyone that took the time to offer words of support and encouragement. I truly appreciate it.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

I really don't understand why a letter releasing me to return to work is insufficient for the DOT medical examiner. I also don't understand why one person can have a final say in my career. And I don't appreciate the fact that she jerked me around for 4 days and also implied I would be released, and then after many many phone calls that I know aggravated her and her staff, all of a sudden, I'm denied for a year over wording in the letter. And she waited until the end of business on Friday to inform my employer, instead of calling me directly, which is also shady and unprofessional in my opinion. She knows there is no way a neurologist can definitively state it was not a stroke or seizure, all they can do is state all test results indicate it was probably not, but that's not good enough for her. I have no history of stroke or seizure, there is no history of stroke or seizure in my family, all tests came back clear and normal, so can someone please explain to me why I'm screwed? And having my hands tied all weekend, not being able to get any kind of answers in regards to anything, is just adding to my stress and frustration. I have a 4 page list of places I need to contact on Monday either by phone or in person. I understand its a liability issue, and that is why the neurologist can't definitively state it was not a stroke or seizure, but if he is willing to write a letter stating I'm fit for full duty and ok to operate the truck, why isn't that good enough? I sent an email to FMSCA to inquire about options to appeal the decision, but of course I won't hear back until next week some time. In the meantime, although I have been asking for light duty work at the Swift terminal, I was told there wasn't anything available. And yet when I went online this weekend, there are postings for two open office positions, both of which I'm qualified for, because I worked in an office/customer service setting for 25 years before making the career change to truck driver. But no matter what I do, it will be a massive pay cut, because dividing my weekly salary by 40 hours means I was essentially making over $21 per hour, and any other job I find, the best I can probably do is $15 per hour, if I'm lucky. That's $1000 pay cut per month. I'm sorry, I know I'm just rambling and whining and complaining, but I'm really at a loss here, I'm so freaking frustrated.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

And now all hope is lost. Neurologist can't or won't definitively state is was not a stroke or seizure. I've requested to be referred to a different neurologist for a second opinion, but probably won't do me any good.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

At this time my medical card is on hold for one year. Swift stated they will be terminating me, which means I'll also lose my health insurance. I just called them and stated I was approved for 12 weeks of FMLA, and to please not terminate me yet. I called the DOT doctor and she stated the reason I was denied was because the test results don't specifically state that I did NOT have a TIA/stroke or a seizure. She said if the neurologist will put that on paper, she will life the hold on my medical card. Called the neurologist, and waiting to hear back, but since that office is the one that takes forever to answer, I don't expect a response today. In the meantime, I'm now 5 weeks without pay, and after subtracting all June bills, I have a whopping $42.67 to my name. I've filed for unemployment and am trying to find something locally in the meantime. I've applied for assistance through Swift Charities, and will hear back from them next week sometime. Family and friends are going off on me, telling me I never should have said anything to Swift, I should have just went to the doctor on my own, and waited for the outcome before saying anything. Not sure, but pretty sure that's against DOT regulations, and regardless, it's not like I can go back and change it. All I can do is move forward, try to keep my head above water, and hold out a very small amount of hope that the neurologist will be willing to write what I need to go back to work.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

OK, update time. I'm still not driving, now off 5 weeks with no pay. Swift doesn't have any "light duty" or DL openings right now (supposedly.) Back on the 11th I went to my doctor for what I thought was a UTI, turns out it was a kidney stone. Ended up in the ER, sent home, and then back in the ER two days later, where they admitted me for surgery and 3 days in the hospital (because God felt I didn't have enough on my plate right now.) That is my second kidney stone surgery, just had one last October. I was started on thyroid meds last August and apparently that is what is causing the kidney stones. Anyway, fun times there, not so much.

After getting out of the hospital, I went through several days of circus-like jumping through hoops to get the necessary tests scheduled and completed to get my medical card recertified. Not going into all the details, but it was a mess. Finally got all the tests done, and the good news is all tests came back clear. Bad news is without an official diagnosis, I'm still having issues getting my medical card reinstated. The doctors are leaning towards migraine, but won't put it on paper for me. They did however give me another release form ok to drive, which would make the third one I've submitted to Swift and to Concentra, where I go for my recertification physical. I've gone through 2 physicals, passed them both, only to be denied because the doctor that originally denied me has to clear the one year medical hold off my record. And Swift also put the one year restriction on my DAC.

So yesterday after another circus like day of trying to get all the test results on paper to send to that doctor, and then trying to get them faxed, that continued into today because I was calling every 30 minutes to see if they had received it (they weren't too happy about that) the doctor finally has the test results in her hands. So now I have to wait for her to review them and then she is supposed to call me once my medical card is ready to go. I'm hoping tomorrow, but at this point after so many false starts, I'm not holding my breath.

While I know that morally and professionally I did the right thing by reporting my medical issue to my employer, its really hard to not regret my honesty and integrity right now when I'm watching my bank account dwindle away and every option I have tried to get help I haven't qualified for. My blood pressure has skyrocketed during all of this to the point where I was referred to a cardiologist and put on BP meds as well.

So that is what is going on with me right now.

Posted:  8 years ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

Sigh...more bad news. Thought I was returning to work today. But even with the doctor's release, Swift insisted I go get my med card recertified first. And recertification was denied due to lack of official diagnosis. So until I have a brain MRI done, I can't drive. If diagnosis comes back tia/mini stroke then med card denied for one year. If it comes back migraine or hypertensive episode, I might get back to earning a paycheck in a month or two.

Posted:  8 years ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

UPDATE: Well, Swift will not accept a letter of release from the doctor, a specific form has to be completed and returned to Swift HR before I can go back to work. So after a total cluster of a day Friday trying to get the stupid forms, I go back to the doctor's office only to find they close at noon on Fridays. So this morning I called to make sure they received the forms via FAX, and asked if I could come up and get them so I can go back to work. The doctor's office replied that it takes 7-14 business days to complete and return those forms to me, and they will not expedite for any reason, even when I told them I'm going to lose my job. They gave me a letter from the doctor stating I'm ok to return to work, and they are willing to verbally confirm that with Swift. So I called Swift, and they said no, they have to have the completed form before they will release me to return to work. So in desperation I called my primary doctor that referred me to the specialist, and asked if their office would be willing to complete the forms. I'm waiting for them to call me back, but if they say no, I have to go up to Kansas City today and clean out my truck. While I know taking care of my health is important, to be honest, I regret even telling Swift about my little episode. Also, my primary doctor also referred me to a cardiologist due to high blood pressure, and I don't even have an appointment with them yet. If my doctor refuses to complete the form until I'm released to return to work by the cardiologist, then I am well and truly screwed. Pretty sure all this stress is not helping my blood pressure.

Posted:  8 years ago

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TIA aka mini stroke and my cdl.

Good news and bad news. The good news is I'm cleared to drive. The bad news is Swift won't let me until the doctor completes a release form. If my driver leader had told me that at some point during my daily phone calls to him, I could have had it with me. Didn't find out until after my appt this morning. And of course the office closed at noon today so I have to wait until Monday. Their patient info packet says allow 7 to 14 business days for completion of the forms. Bringing a book and packing a lunch and will spend all day everyday in their waiting room until it's done.

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