Getting Sick (under The Weather) With Trainer

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Joshua F.'s Comment
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When you are with your Trainer and he or she has a "issue" (i.e. cough, chronic Bronchitis or some other form of coughing situation) can you really catch it? Bronchitis (sorry if i misspelled it) is apparently non transferable but while on the night before my last day with Trainer #1 (I have 2 trainers to be with); we were going over our route planning from South Plainfield, NJ back to Sioux Falls, SD and he was coughing more and more and I stood behind him while he was in the passenger seat and next morning I started coughing and having Throat irritations just like him. Cough drops helped but it kept escalating. I bring the issue up to my boss and he comments that nothing sounds wrong with my voice or that I sound or appear to have anything. Yet....this morning when I woke up and went to get coffee from the kitchen, I tried talking to my dad and boom there it was....I had hardly any voice. My boss is aware that I may have something but we are playing it by ear. I am scheduled to leave back to the yard around noon tomorrow. If I really need to delay my training a week (because the trainers only leave on Friday or Saturdays with students/trainees) then so be it.

What should I do people? I am taking the appropriate meds to combat this (still safe enough to drive under DOT reg's. If I stay home for a week I will be getting on Cough Syrup otherwise I'm trying my best.

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.

C. S.'s Comment
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Bronchitis (sorry if i misspelled it) is apparently non transferable

Don't know who told you that but they're dead wrong. The vast majority of Bronchitis cases are caused by various viruses, and are very contagious (the virus becomes airborne from the infected party's coughing and eventually gets into your airway). Even Bronchitis caused by bacterial infection is contagious, although significantly less so than cases caused by a virus. Only chronic Bronchitis caused solely by exposure to smoke or other environmental irritants is not directly contagious.

What should I do people? I am taking the appropriate meds to combat this (still safe enough to drive under DOT reg's. If I stay home for a week I will be getting on Cough Syrup otherwise I'm trying my best.

There's not much more you can do, other than wait for it to clear up. If it's bacterial infection the doctor could potentially give you antibiotics, but it's much more likely that it is virus-caused and antibiotics will do nothing. Continue to take medication, drink fluids, and get plenty of rest. It should be mostly over in no more than a week. Do not drive if you are unfit, and make sure you do not take any medication that could cause drowsiness while driving.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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C.S. tells it like it is:

Do not drive if you are unfit, and make sure you do not take any medication that could cause drowsiness while driving.

Completely agree.

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