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djwaglmuffin's Comment
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Then why he's not releasing my medical situation to even me is something I gotta deal with. I'll be talking to the VA on Monday to get this worked out.

>>--HuntinDoug-->'s Comment
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I have not been to Roehls orientation yet. When I went in for my DOT physical, the DR I saw seemed skiddish about everything. I thought it was strange that there was nothing on the medical form asking me to list meds. When the doc asked me I told him I was on a low dose of tramadol for a nerve neuropathy in my throat. I also told Roehl up front in case there was a problem. The Doc went on to say he was not going to list it in his notes and that I should contact my perscribing Doc, and "get off it". He seemed irritated when I asked why. He got even more irritated when I asked if it would show up on the drug screening. The last thing I want is to look like I'm hiding something. He went on a semi rant about accountability. His exact words were: "If you run over a bus full of nuns, and they find Tramadol in your system, then everyone involved goes down with you". He literally spent more time lecturing me than he did examining me. He didn't even do a hernia test. I ended up getting a 1 year card... Not sure why it wasn't a 2 year card... nobody ever said.

He basically lied on the form while he was lecturing me on the potential risk... just plain hypocritical. I'm all for full disclosure. But to me it seems like these docs are scared to actually do their job. I don't blame you for being upset, I would be too.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

djwaglmuffin's Comment
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the DR I saw seemed skiddish about everything.

Probably because he's a chiropractor.

He didn't want to make a judgement call.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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If you give your written consent to your doctor to give out the information to a prospective employer, then I don't see what's his problem. Unless he doesn't think/want to say that you are competent, but don't want to keep you from getting a job either?

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Just like joining the military. You answer NO to everything.

Hope Werner works out for you.

So you're telling him to lie? If you lie, and they request your past medical info, then you lose credibility and you're done.

Nate_K's Comment
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Just like joining the military. You answer NO to everything.

Hope Werner works out for you.

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So you're telling him to lie? If you lie, and they request your past medical info, then you lose credibility and you're done.

No I am not telling him to lie. He already went through the process.

Like myself, he was in the military and when you join they tell you to answer no to everything or else it slows down your enlistment and causes problems.

I guess you have to go through it to "get it."

Scott L. aka Lawdog's Comment
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Then why he's not releasing my medical situation to even me is something I gotta deal with. I'll be talking to the VA on Monday to get this worked out.

DJ-

My VA DOC is pretty cool. I learned a week and half ago that I am being laid off in my current field, and as a result my decision to enter the trucking industry has been bumped up. My DOC is setting me up with DOT physical. I have PTSD and depression, thankfully no longer on meds. If I was in your shoes, I'd look into other companies. Just remember company doctors (or doctors referred by companies) are protecting the assets of that trucking company. If you are a safe and sane individual and the company doesn't want you, look for one that does.

~scott

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Like myself, he was in the military and when you join they tell you to answer no to everything or else it slows down your enlistment and causes problems.

I guess you have to go through it to "get it."

Right, but the problem is we're helping new people who haven't gone through it yet and if you tell them to "answer no to everything" you're going to get a lot of people turned down for jobs they would have otherwise had. So you can't make sweeping statements like "say no to everything" or some people are going to take that as honest advice and follow it literally.

What you want to do is answer every question they ask you honestly and accurately but do not give out any information they didn't ask for. If they ask how many tickets you had in the past three years and the last ticket you had was three years and one day ago then the answer is zero. Just tell them exactly what they ask and nothing more.

I totally get what you're saying Nate but we have to be careful about the direction we give people and how we word things.

Buster's Buddy's Comment
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Like myself, he was in the military and when you join they tell you to answer no to everything or else it slows down your enlistment and causes problems.

I guess you have to go through it to "get it."

As somebody who has gone through it and "gets it" I can tell you that I did not receive anything close to this level of scrutiny when I enlisted. Answer every question honestly and accurately. Do not volunteer any info, do not provide the answer you think they are looking for, or the answer to the question you think they mean to ask. Companies are always looking for drivers but first and foremost they are looking to protect their business. If you are caught in a lie you're out. End of story.

Mr. Jackhole's Comment
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The problem is that you are seeing a V.A. Dr. Doctors, from the V.A. are notorious for avoiding working with outside sources and making any statement that could come back to bite them. I have 70% disability rate, dr wouldn't even think of filling out a report for attorney stating my ability or disabilities. Thus I have too return to work whether or not I am physically capable.

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