Profile For Tracey D.

Tracey D.'s Info

  • Location:
    WI

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years ago

Tracey D.'s Bio

Stay-at-home mom. College degrees Registered Nurse Tired of caring for others Want to be alone, listen to my music, and drive. Been known to put on 1,000 miles just to get out of the house!

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Posted:  4 years ago

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Handling your ladies time on the road...

I used to take the depo provera shot for birth control every 12 weeks. I didn't have a period for over 10 years. No need to take a break from it and bleed. If I had wanted to get pregnant again, it can take up to a year or so to get back to normal. But I loved to not have to worry about having periods and buying tampons all the time. Now, I had an ablation a couple of years ago, so no periods and no birth control.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Hello and question

My boyfriend drives for Roehl. I know that the reefer runs on its own fuel that needs filling and a watchful eye. Qualcom messages come pretty quick if they detect the temperature not where it should be. As for your own comfort, I believe they state "they want you to be comfortable," but I know that they don't like you to idle. I have heard his stories of how he will be sitting all day and will have AC running until his battery goes dead. And then he doesn't want to start it up again unless he absolutely has to. It doesn't happen often that his battery will die before it is time to start up again on another 14 hour day.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Ready to go to court

So you had two incidences where you had to wait? And you are ready to sue them? Please tell me I am understanding this wrong! Isn't waiting at a shipper/receiver quite a normal part of this job?

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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How about this for an sleeper

The video/article says the older couple can haul up to 14,000 lbs. of cargo. On the other hand, I know a trucker who only hauls brand new HDs from the stores to their new owners. He only takes out 6-8 at a time across the country. Can't imagine he has a lot of weight to carry and I know he has a sleeper similar to this in size and amenities, but not quite so luxurious. What are the chances Swift or Prime will start handing these babies out to their drivers? Only in our dreams!

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Is HTC out of Roff Oklahoma a good company

Cool site, Errol. I have it bookmarked. Thanks for the info!

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Hair Tests

Hi Cory. I wondered about drug testing and alcohol use also. I have never used drugs except for pain relief after surgeries, years ago. But I do like to have a glass or two of wine in the evening. Talked to a few medical people I know and looked through my old textbooks for some answers. Basically, a urine test will find alcohol for up to 80-90 hours after consumption (3-4 days). But hair follicle testing can detect alcohol use for about 90 days prior. Can also distinguish between heavy alcohol consumption, social drinking, or even just a few drinks the past three months. Hair testing for alcohol has to be hair from the scalp, doesn't work with body hair. And the hair needs to be at least 1 - 1.5 inches in length. Dyeing, bleaching, or perming does not affect test, as they are testing what is inside the hair not what was done to the surface of the hair. So, best to avoid all alcohol for at least 90 days before testing to be sure!

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Relationship with a trucker

Congratulations on meeting a fantastic man! That is the hardest part. Being in a relationship with a trucker is not easy, but can be sooo worth it. I began thinking seriously about a career in trucking last summer. But I still have a 15 year-old child at home, so cannot go OTR for awhile yet. I hope to one day get my CDL-A and join the ranks. But I did meet a wonderful trucker last October and we are going strong after nearly a year. We talk on the phone everyday, usually only for about ten minutes though. He's usually driving at the time and I don't want to distract him for long. We also text every few hours or so. I'm lucky in that he is a regional driver of sorts and is only gone for about 12 days at a time, then home for two or three. (But I was a Navy wife for 15 years, so have gone through separations for up to 9 months! And back before the internet and cell phones - we had snail mail only!) I think one of the most important things you can do is to keep yourself busy with something that you love. Horses can be a wonderful distraction from your time apart. And a job that you enjoy. It will make his time away seem to go faster and easier.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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How to lower blood pressure before DOT physical

A favorite tip midwives tell pregnant women whose blood pressure is rising is to eat celery every day. Four stalks or so. Or at least some about 30 minutes before measuring BP. Celery contains certain chemicals that dilate the blood vessels allowing more blood to pass through easier. And it is a natural diuretic. Very similar to blood pressure medications.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Drivers score victory in Werner class action case

" The Line 4 is the one that goes against your total 70 hours drive and Line 2 (Sleeper) won't. The less On Duty Not Driving you are able to log, the more chance you have to Drive and make money. "

Just wondering what the difference in paycheck would be between line 4 and line 2?

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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ABF says they pull this all the time

Good for you. Even if it is a pain in everyone's ass. Stick to what you believe is right!

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Beer in the sleeper

Ok. So if a driver has an approved passenger? A family member perhaps. Even if the driver is not touching it? How about a passenger?

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Watching Ice Road Truckers..

Gonna meet Alex this weekend. Can't wait!

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Peripheral neuropathy and riding on a big rig

I don't have neuropathy, but I have had back pain since a teenager. Sometimes my ribs hurt so bad, I can't take a normal breath - I have to breathe shallowly. I usually toss and turn and curl into a fetal position a lot when I am at home by myself. When all else fails, I have to sleep in my recliner with a heating pad. This is not possible in a truck! When two people are sharing a twin size bed, tossing and turning and curling up are nearly impossible and always wakes the other person. I feel so bad for my boyfriend when I ride along with him. I know that I wake him up several times a night. (But he snores like hell, so we're even!) I have tried pain pills and sleeping pills, hoping they would help to keep me quiet and still during the night. Doesn't really work. Not sure what the solution would be for this problem. But your other question is easy! How do you keep a person in bed when slamming on the breaks? They make a cargo net type thing that attaches to the back wall and the base of the bed. Not real pretty to look at, but you won't end up on the floor, or worse, going out the windshield.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Holy Cow! This Ain't a Sleeper it's a Ballroom!

So, is that a company truck? Or owner/operator? I'd love for my boyfriend to drive one of those! Getting tired of sharing a twin size bed and peeing in a coffee can.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Work History?

Thanks for the reply Maia. I did get a call from a Swift recruiter a couple months ago saying he'd get me to a school in about 4 days if I was ready. Guess that means they don't care about the work history too much! Considering different truck company schools and also technical schools. My boyfriend drives for Roehl right now, but probably not for much longer. I'm still trying to decide for sure if I should change my career focus.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Work History?

Thinking about getting my CDL. Worried about the work history part of job applications. I have not worked much my entire life. Had a few part-time jobs off and on in my teens and early 20s. Then became a stay-at-home mom. Then went back to school. Did work as a nurse, but only for 1.5 years. Back to school for the past 4.5 years. Was hoping companies would be a little more lenient for women who were raising kids and furthering their education, instead of working. Any thoughts? I will try for prehire letters, but hate to wait for a reply. Thanks!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I have a bachelors degree in business management and a bachelors in nursing. Almost finished with my masters degree to be a nurse midwife. Have delivered 14 babies so far as a student. But I am getting pretty tired of taking care of everyone else. All I want to do is be by myself, listen to my music, and drive till I run out of highway. Haven't decided yet if I can make such a drastic change. And with $150,000 in student loan debt hanging over my head!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Tips on making the truck feel cozy?

As Angi said, definitely use a memory foam mattress or at least a topper. And your favorite linens. A cozy rug. How about using sticky velcro to put some photos or artwork on some of the "walls?" Sachets or air fresheners in your favorite scents. Colored LED sticky lights for some mood lighting.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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How do you find a good one?

I think I really could love the trucking lifestyle. And maybe want to get my CDL someday. But also want a man to share that with. Drive together as a team maybe. How do I find a good trucking man to team with? Not just wanting a one-night kind of thing, but a lifetime. Any clues?

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Women dont you miss ur man

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Most truckers wives are so busy keeping the home fires burning, the house in repair, the kids healthy and happy...that they quickly figure out one thing...When their trucker comes home, you give them a day to decompress....sleep....eat...whatever, while you wash his clothes, pack his gear, restock his food. You learn to treat his home time like a honey moon...NEVER make plans without asking him....NEVER invite people over without asking him. And NEVER NEVER NEVER have a honey do list waiting for him. Remember...The Only Thing Tougher Than a Trucker........IS A TRUCKERS WIFE.

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Reading this made me laugh out loud! Shouldn't we always act like our time together is a honeymoon?! Is it the opposite when the women are the trucker? Is my man going to learn to cook a meal for me and wash my laundry if I end up getting into trucking? Fat chance!

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My husband already does the cooking, however he's not touching my laundry. Last time he did that he washed my new jeans with one of my white sweaters.

I was a Navy wife for 15 years. Just thinking about the trucking life. Try going 9 months or more with no word from your man. You become independent. And he learns to appreciate all you can do on your own. Or not, and it is time to move on to someone who can.

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