Medical Problems On The Road

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Matt M.'s Comment
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It has been a rough couple of weeks. Almost 3 years into driving for Prime and I have started having gallbladder attacks these last two weeks. I wasn't sure what was going on and the third one I went to the ER, a CT scan confirmed it.

Prime has been great, after the ER trip I told my fm I was going to try to watch my diet and make it to our next scheduled hometime (wife has jury duty in four weeks), but then I suffered an 8 hour attack of pure hell. There is no way I can drive during these attacks, the pain is immense. I thought I was having a heart attack on the one that sent me to the hospital, and somehow this one was worse.

They got us pulled off the load and routed home. Hope I can get this surgery and get back on the road in a couple of weeks.

If my wife has to run without me it's going to be....interesting. She has backed the truck up approximately zero times in the last year ("these trucks have reverse?!?").

Once I get scheduled with a surgeon going to call my fm and see what the plan is, she's my caretaker so I'm hoping they will let us both be out while I'm recovering. If a laparoscopy is successful then I should only be out one to two weeks. I'm going to burn a week of vacation so really it would only be out "one" week.

Sucks man, the weather has just started getting decent. Glad I am a company driver right about now though.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Sorry to hear. I hope your surgery goes well and you recover quickly.

Matt M.'s Comment
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Well, Prime has been great so far.

I am scheduled for the surgery Friday and will be out a couple of weeks, and my fm just told me to check in and let him know how the surgery goes.

My wife doesn't have to solo, we don't have to turn in the truck, and most of my worries are gone. Now I can focus on the procedure.

I'm not sure if that is because we are a good team for them, or just standard operating procedure, but it's quite a relief.

Hopefully everything goes well and I'm back on the road later this month.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

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.
Kat H.'s Comment
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Wow! tough when you hurt- good luck with the procedure- Prayers for speedy recovery

Rainy 's Comment
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So glad you are relieved! Good luck with everything. Good to know your wife and truck are situated.

I think it's both...you are good and prime tries to accommodate. I was just asked to drive a guy home who needs to turn in his truck and have surgery. We have the same FM and from what I have seen, they are concerned for us.

I was in TnT when my mom was hospitalized and given a bad prognosis. I flew home without questions from the FM. Mom recovered quickly and I was back on the road.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Matt 's Comment
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Lol Maybe once you guys get back on the road she should study up on the backing it would be good if and emergency come about. Hope you heal up quick keep us posted.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. It's great that your FM has taken care of things. That's what happens when you hold up your end of things -- your FM will go to bat for you.

I'm glad your wife can be there with you. It helps a lot to have someone there with you. Focus on getting better and don't worry about the rest of it.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

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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