Going Home, But Not Necessarily Because I Want To

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Old School's Comment
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Don't get me wrong, I love getting to go home, but this time I'm going home for some surgery. I've got a skin cancer situation that I'm going to have to deal with, and I'm scheduled for surgery on Wednesday this week. Today is Monday, and I'm down in Corpus Christi, but as soon as I finish up down here I'll be heading home - I should be there tonight.

We'll just have to see how this all turns out, I may even lose an eyebrow in the process. It's not certain how extensive the tumor is and they really won't know until they get in there and start cutting away the tissue. I'm not really looking forward to this, but it must be done.

On another note I was really wanting to be home this week because I got sick on the road. I think I got some sort of food poisoning. I was throwing up and having severe diarrhea - not a good combination of problems when you are trying to drive a truck. I felt like a little kid who just wanted his mommy! I knew if I could just get to my wife, she could make it all better, but alas I was too far away to benefit from her gentle ministrations. Oh well, I will soon be home, and I plan on laying up in the bed and being as much trouble as I can for a few days!

When I told my dispatcher that I needed to go home, I didn't know how long I would be. It's possible I may need to be home for a couple of weeks if they need to do a skin graph. I figured I would have to turn in my truck. Here's what he put on the Quallcomm, "Dale, you just go home and do what you need to do so that you're healthy, this will all be here for you when you are ready to come back. Don't worry about the truck, I'm going to keep you in that truck. You just take care of what needs to be done and keep me posted."


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The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


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G-Town's Comment
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A true testament on your standing with Knight. A "standing" that you have clearly earned. A good company will stand-by a good driver when the situation presents itself.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. All the best for a speedy recovery!


Brett Aquila's Comment
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Oh man that's terrible! Well you know we'll be thinkin about you, hoping for the best, and looking forward to seeing you get back on the road.

One small recommendation - if they have to rework your eyebrow, tell them to elevate it a little bit so you will always look like you're intrigued. That can work in your favor, like if you're listening to someone important, but it might also work against you because every salesperson is going to come running no matter what you're looking at. Maybe some pointy ears would help too.


I kid because I care and you know that. We'll certainly be thinking about you. Keep us updated of course. Looking forward to hearing good things!

OldRookie's Comment
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God bless and Godspeed.

Jeff W.'s Comment
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Sorry to hear about the skin cancer. I went through the same thing a few years back. Its a little scary when they don't know how deep they have to go. Thank God mine was very small and all turned out well. On the bright side you get a few days off and it sounds like your company really thinks you are a valuable asset. I will say a prayer for you! Good luck.

mountain girl's Comment
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I am truly sorry to hear such difficult news. It is good to know that your company is taking care of you --that eliminates some of the stress.

I like Brett's recommendations for reconstruction. The look would add some mystery to your expression.

Damn. I hear ya though. I'd much rather be driving through an icy blizzard in Wyoming.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Keep the Faith.

-mountain girl

ChickieMonster's Comment
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OS we will keep you in our daily thoughts and prayers! You get so much needed rest and recuperation and come back ready to roll!

Scott M's Comment
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OS- sorry to hear about the cancer. I have said a prayer for you.

I always read and look forward to your postings- except when you chew me out. Am looking forward to your future postings.

C. S.'s Comment
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Thoughts and prayers for you Old School. My boyfriend's stepfather had surgery for skin cancer last year, and he did not tell any of the kids until after everything was done because he did not want to "freak anyone out". Needless to say we were all a little freaked out anyways when we found out. Here's hoping you get well soon.

Deb R.'s Comment
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You have the support of a loving family, a company that has your back, and a host of people who have never met you, but care about your wellbeing none the less. Oh, and Brett to give you "helpful" suggestions. Hope the surgery goes well, and the recovery is speedy!


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