My Head Will Explode!***

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Greg H.'s Comment
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By the way, I was played. I can see that now. They were a younger lot, in their 30's. I mean the physical was pretty much legit, and on the up and up. But, I can see that they were being smart about giving it. They were watching my responses to my every move, my reactions, and my answers to questions. I believe it actually mentioned on the form I filled out that they would do this. I mean, she actually took a tape measure and measured my neck. What, are we getting a suit here? No, she was trying to see if I'd flinch when she got around my neck. Or maybe something else she's knows to check for and I don't.

I mean, correct me if I'm wrong but, it seems pretty obvious to me. The way they went about giving the test, they were also trying to see if I was trying to mask or hide any problems.

Me think people are to smart for their own good sometimes.

Greg H.'s Comment
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Just a quick note in regards to the ole bp. I went to a lot of trouble these past few months to insure that it would be within a normal range. I mean, I didn't just do it for the physical but, .........

Anyway, it was very frustrating for me.

Ok, I have to wear corrective lenses to drive now. I was seriously hoping that I would not. This is something else I've had to take care of in the past few months. I had my prescription renewed.

I've never had to drive with corrective lenses before. I generally just used them for reading. Butttt, anyway, its been getting more and more difficult to read some of the ole road signs so, I got the prescription renewed.

I've always passed the eye exams at the DMV in the past. I guess not this time.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

G-Town's Comment
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Greg no one played you.

...they measure everyone's neck. If 17" or above, it may require a sleep study to test for apnea.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I mean, she actually took a tape measure and measured my neck. What, are we getting a suit here? No, she was trying to see if I'd flinch when she got around my neck. Or maybe something else she's knows to check for and I don't.

She was measuring your neck to see if you needed to be tested for sleep apnea. They test people with necks over 17 inches normally.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

Greg H.'s Comment
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Yeh, got it guys.... I looked it up to see if there actually was a reason. I didn't see that answer coming. Who knew.

They were all to elusive for me though. It freaks me out, elusive people.

I mean, the one who game the bp test just pretty much Jumped right on the, ' you need to get that checked out ' band wagon. That freaked me out..... Here I am just trying to get through the day and keep my head tied on straight and your throwing, death is at your door at me. lol Well, maybe not that bad. But, still, you may want to restrain your lips from moving before you know or understand all of the facts. I'm the one who started questioning him, not the other way around.

Ok, so, I fuel at where I get groceries. I figuring, ' well, while I'm here, I'm going to go check something out '. And I know I mentioned taking the bp with the palm up or down. And I'm not sure what's up with that. I just let it rest straight up and down, that seemed the most comfortable way to put it. 126/74 Heart Rate 84 ..... I came home shortly afterwards and checked it on the home monitor. It was a little lower but, still about the same as at the grocery store. This is the one that I'd been having the higher ratings on.... I tell you, bp is beginning to elude me a bit. I mean, especially since HIS machine gave me 138/80; I believe the lower was 80.

Anyway, thinking about it, I vape (electronic cigarettes) and I'd been without a /hit/ for around an hour, and I'm wondering if that could have caused the hike in the bp. And the second time he took the reading, I had been in and out of the restroom, up and down, back and forth. I couldn't pee for the urine test to save my dad gum life. I drank 7 freakin' glasses of water before I could pee. And this awful tasting cup of coffee.... at least part of that. Finally I was able to pee.

BUT, still, the words that came out of his mouth were, ' you should probably get this checked out '. Instead of something like, ' it's probably no big deal, if you've been getting lower readings. '

Anyway, this has been my experience..... and he knew that I had been up and down, back and forth for the passed hour trying to pee. He just assumed.... I'm not a doctor, and it freaks me out when they are supposed to know what they are talking about, and be sure about stuff, while I'm out here fumbling around in the dark.

Anyway, I'm over it.... it's not bothering me anymore. I mean, sort of.... I'll keep monitoring it. And test the bp theory wherever I can I guess. I honestly don't believe it's that high on a regular bases. Just a long, cold and dark day. :)

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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Greg, they take it serious because if something medically happens to you, or you fall asleep (why they test for sleep apnea) while you're behind the wheel of a rig chances are very high that somebody will be seriously injured or killed. When I went for my physical my blood pressure came up at like 165/96 or something crazy like that. They ended up having me lay down for 20 minutes in a dark room to relax and retook it and was ALOT better. It's something worth seeing your doctor just to be certain. Let me tell you about a driver who fell asleep behind the wheel That I posted elsewhere about a month ago . I don't know if he has sleep apnea or not. He left our terminal with a loaded 48 foot trailer, I believe it was 30k pounds he had on it. He fell asleep behind the wheel with cruise set at 65 mph and didn't wake up until he slammed into the back of a box truck that was trying to get up to speed as they were merging onto I-80. Our driver rolled the truck on the side when he went into grassy median after hitting the truck at 65 mph and slid into oncoming traffic. They shut the interstate down for 4 hours to clean up and do their investigation. Thankfully our driver, and the driver of the box truck suffered minor injuries, spending a night in the hospital. Luckily there was nobody in the way when he crossed the median. It's scary to think how different that could have turned out.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Greg H.'s Comment
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Greg, they take it serious because if something medically happens to you, or you fall asleep (why they test for sleep apnea) while you're behind the wheel of a rig chances are very high that somebody will be seriously injured or killed. When I went for my physical my blood pressure came up at like 165/96 or something crazy like that. They ended up having me lay down for 20 minutes in a dark room to relax and retook it and was ALOT better. It's something worth seeing your doctor just to be certain. Let me tell you about a driver who fell asleep behind the wheel That I posted elsewhere about a month ago . I don't know if he has sleep apnea or not. He left our terminal with a loaded 48 foot trailer, I believe it was 30k pounds he had on it. He fell asleep behind the wheel with cruise set at 65 mph and didn't wake up until he slammed into the back of a box truck that was trying to get up to speed as they were merging onto I-80. Our driver rolled the truck on the side when he went into grassy median after hitting the truck at 65 mph and slid into oncoming traffic. They shut the interstate down for 4 hours to clean up and do their investigation. Thankfully our driver, and the driver of the box truck suffered minor injuries, spending a night in the hospital. Luckily there was nobody in the way when he crossed the median. It's scary to think how different that could have turned out.

Thank you for your response. Even though, it's not as simple as my making the mistake about the measuring of the neck. It's like a question on the form I had to fill out. I needed to discuss it with the doctor/nurse, and the lady at the counter told me to tell them when I go back. Sooo, I brought it up, and the nurse pretty much didn't want to hear me. She pretty much just shut me down. My end sentence to her was very calm, quiet and polite when I simply told her, ' I just didn't know If you needed to know or not. '. I mean, hey, a question on the form, is a question on the form. And if it's left blank, I feel obligated to answer it. Why is it on the form, if you don't want it answered? Anyway, and as for the bp, wayyy more complicated than needing to go get it checked out. When I came home and checked it on the home monitor, it was the same as when he took it. Meaning that the monitor works fine. And if I'm getting the same reading as the grocery store is on the home monitor, then that would be highly coincidental if both were out of calibration or whatever you call it. And seeing how most of my readings are pretty consistant with the 120/70 readings then there is no need for alarm. My blood pressure does tend to jump to over 130/80 when I've been active, up and about or exercising. It's just the way he presented it to me. And I was really stressed yesterday, more than I realized. So, again, no worries.

I've got a story for you. My trainer, back when I drove in 1994, told me that he was asleep with a trainee driving when he suddenly awoke to the truck being on its side. He said that he heard the Emergency brake and parking break or one of the two engage while they were sliding down the road on their side. :) The ole boy/trainee evidently reached down, while the truck was on it's side, sliding down the road and pulled both knobs. :)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Greg H.'s Comment
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I wanted to share something a little funny about Gabriel. It's in relation to my recent experience with Quack 1 and Quack 2, I will call them. :)

As I've mentioned, once upon a time, Gabriel is very acute. I have to be careful about dealing with him, or talking to him. My tone seriously affects him. You'd really be surprised how perceptive animals really are. They are more sensitive in some ways and more numb to life around them in others. I mean, take you and me for instance, we're all basically spoiled. I love the trips down memory lane to the old days. Back then there were a lot more people who had it hard. I mean, water well water, really? Now days there are so many different types of crisp clean water that you can drink, it's ridiculous. Anyway, Cats and Dogs, in general (many different types of pets), they don't have it so easy as we all do. They always have either fended for themselves or eatin' and drank what's given to them. And also, they don't get the attention that most of us get. They don't have mommy's and daddy's that they grow up with all of their childhood lives. They have you and me. And sometimes that attention is far, few and between. A lot of people think that pets have it easy, no they don't. We have it easy....

Anyway, Gabe, acute, sensitive to his surroundings.... Gabe doesn't have it as hard as a lot of animals. He's an indoor pet so, he's not subject to being outside. Hey, if it's to cold for him, or starts raining, he's whimpering at the back door wanting in. :) lol

I'll get to talking to Gabe sometimes..... back when he got infested with flees (still angers me when I think about it), he would gnaw and chew and scratch until he drew blood. So, I look at him and see the blood and with this concerned tone in my voice, I'm like, ' Gabriel! what have you done to yourself? ' And he'd look at me with this concerned look like, ' oh no! am I dying? ' Seriously though, he'd give the same look as you and I when we're diagnosed with something severe and we're sucking it up thinking, ' oh my god!!!! What???? '.

So, needless to say, I watch what I have to say to him now days. Or I at least keep it to myself and just pat him on the head and say in this, ' awe, you poor thing, you got a booboo ', type voice.

So, getting back to Quack 1 and Quack 2. :) lol, you get my message.

G-Town's Comment
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Farmhouse Cheddar? Perhaps a horseradish infused Dubliner? Tasty. All will pair quite nicely with your whine.

Greg, not sure if you are spoofing us, but if you're not, the incesent complaining will not help you at all. It's chronic and petty.

I am being totally sincere here; you'll have a whole lot more material to critique once in school, then with you mentor. Try not to self-destruct.

I now understand why you selected; "my head will explode" for your title.

Greg H.'s Comment
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Farmhouse Cheddar? Perhaps a horseradish infused Dubliner? Tasty. All will pair quite nicely with your whine.

Greg, not sure if you are spoofing us, but if you're not, the incesent complaining will not help you at all. It's chronic and petty.

I am being totally sincere here; you'll have a whole lot more material to critique once in school, then with you mentor. Try not to self-destruct.

I now understand why you selected; "my head will explode" for your title.

You're forgetting, it's a diary.... not everything, everyone thinks or goes through hits the floor. I'm trying to be honest about my thoughts and reflections on what I'm going through. I don't usually outwardly show it to all the world to see but, like I said, it's a diary. A very private thing.

Honesty about someone's wrong doings isn't being petty. It's recognizing a wrong being done....

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