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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I am uncomfortable taking an on-site sleep study-I already have 2 year medical card

Yes thank you for the email. :) I have actually been loosing weight on the truck. The doctor did say not to gain 10% of body weight or develop high blood pressure or I would have to retest. I waited tables for 24 years and was constantly grazing on French fries and pretty much anything all day and eating a full meal there most days. Now I snack on nuts and string cheese while I drive and eat light meal on the truck every other day (no truck stop food) and it’s much better for my metabolism. Once I get my dogs on the truck and my bicycle (yes I have a trailer to pull my dogs behind my bike) I’m looking to get in a lot better shape and I’ve always had blood pressure at the low end of average.

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I did the sleep study. It wasn’t much fun. I had zero apnea’s, but they still managed to diagnose mild sleep apnea because my breathing slowed 8 times per hour....probably because I was SLEEPING. Anyway, don’t need a machine, but have to pay them 250$ and still got a 2 year medical card....and the best part is I NEVER have to do that again!

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A little piece of advice..... dont weight or many companies will require it. i tested negative and 2 yrs later gained weight... had to re test... now have the machine. if you can lose weight before that next physical do it just in case.

good luck. i responded to you. go check. 😁 and thanks for asking.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I am uncomfortable taking an on-site sleep study-I already have 2 year medical card

As long as I don’t gain weight

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I did the sleep study. It wasn’t much fun. I had zero apnea’s, but they still managed to diagnose mild sleep apnea because my breathing slowed 8 times per hour....probably because I was SLEEPING. Anyway, don’t need a machine, but have to pay them 250$ and still got a 2 year medical card....and the best part is I NEVER have to do that again!

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A little piece of advice..... dont weight or many companies will require it. i tested negative and 2 yrs later gained weight... had to re test... now have the machine. if you can lose weight before that next physical do it just in case.

good luck. i responded to you. go check. 😁 and thanks for asking.

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Clarify please....

Don't weight (as in don't gain weight), or don't wait (doing something later)?

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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I am uncomfortable taking an on-site sleep study-I already have 2 year medical card

I did the sleep study. It wasn’t much fun. I had zero apnea’s, but they still managed to diagnose mild sleep apnea because my breathing slowed 8 times per hour....probably because I was SLEEPING. Anyway, don’t need a machine, but have to pay them 250$ and still got a 2 year medical card....and the best part is I NEVER have to do that again!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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I am uncomfortable taking an on-site sleep study-I already have 2 year medical card

I love the hammock idea. I have never thought of sleeping in one full time, but I bet it’s really nice. I bet u could get some kind of stand maybe to string it up??

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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I am uncomfortable taking an on-site sleep study-I already have 2 year medical card

I decided to just go with it. My husband explained the insurance aspect of it all and basically said what the first guy on here said: that if I wanna work here I gotta do this. I’ll let y’all know what happens after I do the sleep study. Thank you for all the comments, I am new to all this and I need solid answers for peace of mind and it’s been difficult to get those at times....

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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I am uncomfortable taking an on-site sleep study-I already have 2 year medical card

I got my medical card about a week before I applied for this job. It’s brand new, not even 90 days old

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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I am uncomfortable taking an on-site sleep study-I already have 2 year medical card

I have a 2 year medical card. That is what is confusing about it. I have already gone to a doctor, had a physical and gotten a 2 year medical card. I see no reason to have that questioned or reassessed by another doctor who is going off numbers on a page. I have a lot of muscle mass, and i carry my weight in my thighs and butt....those do not constrict my airway. I think it is a bit presumptuous to look at a BMI and assume this person needs to throw out their perfectly valid medical card and go through possibly unnecessary testing...my main argument here is that I have already had a physical and been deemed fit for 2 years by a physician.

I have been with Prime 4 years. if you dont have apnea, it you will test negative. the test and machine were cheaper than the doctors back home in NJ with the insurance. i tested negative... gained weight 2 yrs later i was required to do it again and tested positive. i hated the machine

Cardinal Sleep is not a part of Prime... They are an independent that has a satellite office in our terminal. Phillips makes the CPAPs The machine that cleans the machine is SoClean.

SoClean's website specifically says to use a "reputable company like Cardinal Sleep when ordering replacement parts because conterfiet parts habe been sold on amazon"... something to that effect.

The Prime doctor is not evil either. i use them as my promary care... even got a pap smear and mammogram referrals there.

You get a 2 month card due to DOT regulations, not the company.

hang in there.... Primes great.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Orientation with Prime.

Have you spoken to or even heard of anyone who took the sleep study and did not have to get a cpap?

I've been at the terminal each day, ready for work. Monday I had to do a sleep study, yesterday got results and picked up a CPAP machine, just as soon as I finished that, my license showed up on MVR, so I met my fleet mrg. and on-boarded. Heading off on first run in a few hours. What a whirlwind day yesterday was. Incredible how things can absolutely turn on a dime.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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I am uncomfortable taking an on-site sleep study-I already have 2 year medical card

I have my CDL and my DOT medical card (good til oct 2021). I recently got a job with a major otr carrier and have been out with trainer (running like teams) for a month and a half (14,000 miles). The company is telling me that I must have a sleep study which they offer at a lab in the terminal, but I must first get a prescription for the study across the hall at the onsite doctor. This bothers me because I have a 2 year medical card currently, and the Lab is onsite and I don’t feel it’s much of a stretch to think perhaps they are just running a bit of a scam as the payment for study and any subsequent equipment comes directly from your check. When I asked questions, they acted like I was from outer space with my concerns, another being that they require this study at 60 days employment when in only 30 more days my company insurance would kick in and pay for it. I was told they could not extend the deadline because of liability-I am currently driving in slow, rain and on ice, with no sleep study so that just does not make sense. I am wondering if anyone else has had issue with this sort of practice. It seems very sketchy to me.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Waitress with CDL and no experience looking for truck driving job

I am at Prime orientation now.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Waitress with CDL and no experience looking for truck driving job

I am in texas

Your CDL with zero experience is pretty much like NOT HAVING ONE AT ALL (take it from me - I got mine 11 years ago and never used it either).

So ANY COMPANY you start out with, is going to require you to come in as a student and train as if you didn't even have a CDL (and even for me, I wouldn't have it any other way ANYWAYS - I'd want to do the full training regimen, despite knowing the rules and how to drive one).

Some companies will require you to DOWNGRADE YOUR CDL to a regular operators license, and go through the licensure process entirely from scratch (which doesn't make much sense, but I digress).

Either way - where to apply, really depends a lot on WHERE YOU ARE LOCATED - as many of the larger companies members here have started out with - don't hire from certain areas (like NO ONE really hires from So Florida where I'm located).

The hint would be APPLY EVERYWHERE - explain your situation to the recruiter, and see where it goes from there. But do be prepared to be treated as if you never had a CDL - because in essence, if you never used it - it's pretty much the same as not having it at all.

Best of luck - do keep us posted on your progress...

Rick

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Waitress with CDL and no experience looking for truck driving job

I went to trucking school. I have a cdl class a with a intrastate restriction because of no medical card, but it is a current cdl I just renewed in June. Yes my kids can handle me being gone weeks at a time as I am the every other weekend parent anyway and NO you did not answer my question of what otr company to start with.

Hi, Priscilla, welcome to Trucking Truth.

Let's get some ducks in a row first. If you have had your CDL for ten years, have you kept the DOT medical card current? If not, your CDL has been automatically down graded to a regular DL by the state. You will need to start over.

Second, your kids. What do you mean by "almost grown"? The focus here at TT is on OTR driving, where you won't be home for weeks at a time. Can your family handle your absence for that long?

Lastly, if you've never driven a truck, you'll need to take the full 160 hour (4 weeks or so) course.

If you're thinking getting a local job, without driving experience, it's possible but you might get better results buying lottery tickets.

Do you have these questions covered?

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Waitress with CDL and no experience looking for truck driving job

I got my CDL ten years ago, but have never driven a truck for a job. I wait tables because I needed to be home for my children. My kids are almost grown and my feet can’t handle walking around all day so I am looking into using my CDL. Where do I apply? What companies are the best to start out at?

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