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    Memphis, TN

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    Company Driver In Training

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    10 months ago

BubblesDhaDrivah's Bio

So yer on me page,wantin' to know more about me eh. Welp here it goes. I'm a soon to be trucker driver who's actually on the "Most Wanted" list and just using trucking as my undercover... ok I'll stop the horrific cringeworthy phase of this paragraph. I'm a mommy of 4 and seeking to become a truck driver. It's a long dream that I'm praying will be reality in the upcoming future. So my bio is so short...its literally 7:40am on 6/23/20 and I'm literally half sleep. Seriously 😳😳.

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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BubblesDhaDriva with important news😳

Congrats. I never did write about driving and pregnancy.

Are you asking if you should drive pregnant or drive without medication for a serious mental illness that can cause mood swings and erratic behavior as well as suicidal tendencies?

My answer to driving unmedicated for Bipolar 1 would be no. This is not only a mood disorder but an impulse disorder. Unchecked, the impulse to run off a cliff or run someone over....stop in a bar for a one night stand, gamble your money away or even drop the load and drive away could overtake a person. With this disorder you may also be susceptible to postpartum depression or even psychosis. So being monitored regularly after delivery will be essential for both your safety and the safety of your child. Andrea Yates comes to mind... The woman with mental health issues who suffered postpartum psychosis and drowned her 5 children. Also who will care for the child once you drive again?

My answer to driving while pregnant would be it depends on the pregnancy. I personally had issues carrying a child so I would never risk it. Nor would I risk the safety of the public if I got a sharp pain while driving that could swerve me into the other lane. Some women get dizzy in the first trimester and 80% get morning sickness. That is not something I would want to endure OTR. Many women have uneventful pregnancies but I would imagine the company would have a policy as to when a woman would need to come off the road.

Being misdiagnosed with mental disorders is common since there is no objective test such as a scan or blood test. Symptoms of both disorders overlap...such as hearing voices. My sister was schizophrenic and had been diagnosed bipolar 1 in her 30s. I found an article in the New England Journal of Medicine that said a significant percentage of women diagnosed in their 30s with bipolar were then re diagnosed as schizophrenic in their 40s. This was true in her case.

Obviously I am not a mental health professional nor a doctor or trucking company owner. If I owned a company i would not want you driving and would encourage you to go on temporary disability until you were once again stable on meds and able to safely perform your duties. Sorry if this sounds cruel.... But the stress of trucking mixed with a lack of meds could result in serious harm to you, your child, or others.

Be safe.... And congrats. We want pics of the baby when it comes! And possible names

Thank you so much for your response Kearsey. I swear this has been in my mind for days. You also put a thought to mind with being alone on the highway and if I have a break down in the middle of no where,which is a fear I have with carrying. I have an appointment December 15 and January 7th to discuss, medication wise. Don't even know if I'll be able to take these meds while pregnant 😞. I definitely have alot of questions for my doctor. As in letting my company know, is a must. To be honest Im they would let me get home everyday. With having bipolar 1. After going some months without my medications, I definitely went through boiling hot water. I really want to get over this illness. Not even sure if it's curable. And I heard about Andrea Yates myself,what she done to her kids hunted me for an entire year. I can never hurt a child. That's why I'm afraid,of what I'm going through now but extremely grateful and happy that I will be getting the help I need. Hate this illness with a passion. But I really really really needed to read this Kearsey.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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BubblesDhaDriva with important news😳

Thanks so much for yall reply Anne and Rob!! That's the part that scares me. Is being out for periods of time and experiencing situations that my body wouldn't be able to handle because I'm carrying. And definitely will be talking to my OB about this for sure. Carter offers regional routes (home every day) but I'm thinking I will probably need seniority to be on this type of routes. I haven't told the hubby yet planning on telling him either on his birthday or on New years day. Nervous because knowing him, I'll be seeing Carter after my baby is 3 years old haha. I will definitely update y'all‼️

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Thank y'all for your amazing responses. I'm definitely gonna keep my head up high. Even though it seems as if my rollercoaster is never ending ride. I feel it coming to a close and it will just be smooth sailing ahead. Just got news a fees days ago that will probably hender me from driving. Praying it doesn't SERIOUSLY.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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BubblesDhaDriva with important news😳

Hey y'all hope your having happy holidays. Some of you know the update rollercoaster I'm going through now. Which is super freaken crazy. Well adding on to it. Afew days ago I saw a new mental health doctor since I really didn't want to wait next year for an appointment (late January). She done a health evaluation on me and come to find out I have bipolar 1. So you're telling me I've been misdiagnosed, with schizophrenia?????? Will definitely will be letting Carter know. But really don't think I'll be taking medication for it anytime soon,as I just got new IM EXPECTING ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ Good Jesus,Mary and Joseph 😱🥰.

My question is could I still drive? I know I know,I should ask my OB,but just wanted to hear from yall about it. I'm NERVOUS and excited all at the same time!!

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Hi everyone...it's been a crazy few weeks for me. No I'm not dead or in jail haha. Been on safety leave because I had an episode with one of my trainers. So they have me on leave to get my medications figured out and approved by my doctor (meaning my doctor said I can still drive with my medication)...than 4 days later bam!!! I get info my grandma passed. So now I'm beyond overwhelmed. I'm going back to work since I only had two weeks of training left. Travis (the driver manager) has been extremely careing and understanding in this moment of my life, Shonda (the human resource manager) has also been careing and understanding.

So after everything has calmed,I'll be returning back to Anderson to finish out my training. Like Travis told me,to relax and be with family. That's what I'm certainly going to do.

Thanks so much y'all.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Thanks PackRat 😄😃!! I still can't believe I got less than 2 weeks here. Tbh I'ma gonna miss being in Anderson,but not much as I miss being home. I can't began to tell you how home sick I was when I came here. On day 3 of being in Anderson,I just about packed up my things to head home. But I had to think about why I came here. I won't lie,I had to beat myself up to stay. I'm so glad I did because I would definitely regret it. These weeks done passed so quickly!! Now I'm just waiting to receive my big shiney truck. I can recall that Carter has two kinds of trucks The Volvo and Freightliner. I wouldn't mind getting the Freightliner as it seems to be alittle bit bigger than the Volvo (probably be just me that sees that). But again happy and excited for the future. Got an email from my driver relations manager (who is super cool and sweet) to go pick my uniform shirts to finish out my training. When I saw that email I knew stuff just got REAL and I'm about to be Solo out in a few days aka weeks!!!!! Will definitely keep everyone updated!!!!

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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trainee in need of encouragement

Listen,I completely understand. My first trainer was kinda ok. Just didn't like feeling like an idiot when I'm with her and she completely showed I was being "slow" when it comes to following signs and backing the trailer. For some reason sometimes we tend to get,what's the word I'm looking? I can't think of it. But it's kinda similar to being bossy and having a big head. Not all women who training in this industry is like that. But if I were you,I wouldn't give up. You came to far to quit. Request another trainer asap!! AND I MEAN ASAP!! Just met my new trainer yesterday and he is completely amazing. I mean freaking amazing. He has been married for 30 YEARS (goals),has 2 kids and 3 grandbabies. Not being sexiest but I would rather train with a male. But since alot of problems come up with a male and female together in a truck. There are more male trainers afraid of training females. Hopefully I didn't spark anything with my comment, definitely not trying to, Seriously. But like I said plz don't give up. Request that you get switched out from her. Sending lots of luck your way

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Thank Jammer😃😄!! I'm pretty excited for what's to come after going solo. Really starting to love this company,has amazing people and everyone knows your name and it feels like home. I can actually call Carter Express family. This might be surprising to say but I'm actually glad my husband have me go back to Memphis after trying Titan. I'm happy y'all.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Haha thanks Anne!!!! To be honest she's pushing 80 years old. After all those mistakes I'm surprised that the company is still keeping her. We had one load on Friday because she had to get a physical done. Yes I'm totally finished with my local training. Will start my last two weeks of otr training tomorrow morning. Thank God above. I should be getting my truck on the 23rd or they will give me a rental to go home for a few days. Hopefully they give me the rental because I will have no way back home from Arkansas to Memphis. Because if they give me a truck,they will give me a load as well. But man this has been a great,crazy few weeks. I made new friends, learned new thing met new people,saw new things,saw,heard,and learned from mistakes. I'm not gonna lie y'all I'm so extremely surprised that I made it this far. I'm very thankful.

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Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

HEYYYYY Y'ALL ‼️‼️ Goodness this has been a long crazy 2 weeks haha. First day tractor died because my trainer done put DEF in the fuel tank, nearly got into an accident on the highway backing the tractor into the trailer to hook it up after getting a new tractor (no I wasn't the one creating this madness),she done jackknifed the tractor and nearly broke off the side tractor panels, it was trust crazy. No one was in the office to ask for a new trainer cause apparently 5 people caught Covid and everyone was gone but the shippers/receivers. Had to wake up every morning around 3am to head out to Columbus,IN. Had to do alot of loads/unloads there so I did my full 11hrs. Just got in touch with my new trainer today and he seems like a very cool guy. He has been a yard dog for 30 years and have been with Carter for 7. I'm extremely excited and happy as can be!!

Posted:  4 months ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Thanks Anne!!!!smile.gif

This has been a crazy week for sure. Left this morning around 3:30am and it was pouring down rain and dark as a burnt bbq smoke sausage!! Did I mention it was extremely windy on I-69 going south to Columbus,IN. But got back safe and sound.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Yeah Jammer the wind and rain has kicked my butt today. Driving down I-65 was a nightmare. Especially in a day cab. The wing just kept smacking the sides of the tractor (makes sense since it's so light). I toned down on my speed just a smidge. It helped somewhat. But glad my trainer and I made it back safe. Be careful out there man. Papa Pig I swear it feels like I do lmao. And definitely getting my backing. I did really good with parking my trailer at the terminal after coming back from the customer. Took me 10mins to get it in it's spot (usually it takes me 20-25mins to back in it's spot). My trainer was very impressed which gave me confidence. Hopefully tomorrow morning will be another great day☺️☺️

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Thanks for the tip PackRat😃. Will definitely keep this in mind!!

Well quick update on 10/27/20 @6:46am

Well I think I have a spell on me when it comes to this career. Wake up at 2:30am, trainer got me from the hotel at 3:30am. Arrived at the terminal in 14mins. Got to the truck,got my papers and trailer,sign into my elogs ,did a quick pre-trip and headed off. I can actually say I did really well driving my first 2hrs. Got to the customer on time. Gave them the paperwork and headed off to get unloaded. As soon as I set up to back in the trailer. The power steering goes out and I loose my power steering. It was extremely hard to back in the tractor and trailer. Was holding up a few employees who work with the customer. So my trainer took over. Even she had a difficult time steering it (duh of course 🤦🏼‍♀️). But we finally got the trailer in. She call service and maintenance to let them know the problem and told her that it will be 45mins til someone comes out here. So as I speak it's been 10mins since that call. Still getting unloaded. All we can do is wait it out. Goodness goodness goodness.

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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We’re rolling

Jammer I can tell you got an awesome personality,just by reading your post. Extremely glad y'all finally moving haha. My trainer and I dropped off some car parts at a warehouse near I-65 (completely forgot the company name (I think it's call Fercica,I probably spelled that wrong). But it only took an 1hr and 45 mins. I was completely shocked as the entire trailer was full. But definitely keep us posted Jammer. Really enjoy reading your threads!!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Right Jammer haha. It's how things plays out. Hopefully the next morning will be different ☺️☺️. PackRat,I definitely learned from that most definitely. I remember my instructor from Roadmaster told me he did that twice in his entire 14 years otr,he told me it was all based on rushing. He told me I definitely don't want to make that mistake. After this morning,I will definitely take my time and pay attention at the fuel pump. MOST DEFINITELY.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Thanks Jammer!! It's been a real rollercoaster but the passion I have for trucking is beyond it's level.

Quick update on 10/26/20 @1:34PM

Ok well my rollercoaster didn't end yet lol. Woke up around 2:30am. Got cleaned up,got dressed and headed to the lobby. Trainer arrived around 3:20am. She's super laid back. We than head to the terminal,got to her truck,got shipping papers and the trailer. Both sign into the qualcom. Did a quick pre-trip and headed on route. Welp about 10 miles away from the terminal the tractor shuts off. My trainer pulls to the side of the road and tries to crank it back up again. It cranks but it just doesn't turn over. She's calls otr and let's them know what happens. Come to find out,she accidentally put DEF in her fuel tank. After she got off the phone with otr and dispatcher,she tells me it would be 2hrs before they send her another truck. Welp they were right on the money. Long story short, he and my trainer left to go unhook her rental truck in a near by parking lot. Came back hooked up the old one to the wrecker,unhooked the trailer...and great,I'm still making it long. My trainer had to call dispatch to let him know she wouldn't be able to make it to the next route. So we only drove one load today. Will be leaving tomorrow morning at 3:30am. Goodness time goes by quickly. But excited for the future!!!!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

You'd better get to sleep now!

Good luck and do your best because it's a lot to take in. Ask questions if you don't understand something the first time or the sixth time.

It's YOUR training so take charge of it daily.

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Thanks PackRat!! And heading to bed as I type this. I've got alot of questions regarding the qualcom and Bols,so will definitely will be alot of questions asked. It's 7:18PM so hopefully a good 7hrs is a good amount of sleep.

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Quick update on 10/25/20 @2:59PM

Well just received a call from my trainer and we will be heading out at 3:15am tomorrow morning. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. I will be doing 2 weeks local training and 2 weeks otr training, afterwards I will be tested out to become solo. Goodness I never knew how fast these days was gonna go when you're outside training on the trucks.

Wish me luck!!!!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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It’s jammer😀😀😀

Congratulations!!! And you're heading to my home town haha. Keep us all posted and be safe out there on the road!!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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My Carter Express Adventure

Thanks for y'alls responses!! Rob that's exactly what I'll be running, Regional. So that's what the trainer was talking about in class last week. Super excited. Just waiting for my trainer to call since I start my local training for the next 2 weeks and my other the road the two weeks after.

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