Rookie Driver Medical Question

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D W.'s Comment
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Hi All! Just popping on with an odd medical question

But first:BACKSTORY

I just got my class A in August 2017 through Roehl’s cdl program. (Great program from my experience btw)

Well I absolutely loved trucking until I started getting worn out. By mid December I had to quit as I was to tired and miserable to continue. On December 26 I was admitted to the ER and was diagnosed with heart failure. Over the past few months they have tried various treatments and 2 weeks ago I underwent open heart surgery to have a pump attached to my heart.

So the question is this: Can I drive with the heart pump? And/or the meds? And what is the fmcsa book I can look at to find these answers?

Thanks everyone for your time; D. Ward

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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I believe that is a question best answered by your cardiologist. I'd start there.

Grandma Day's Comment
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What type of heart pump? I am more curious than anything. I don’t know of a heart pump. If it was a pacemaker then yes you can drive with approval from Cardiologist (obviously that’s a blanket statement not knowing your history or medications) but if a defibrillator was also attached (many are 2 in 1) then no you can not drive. But only your doctors can determine if you are healthy enough to drive.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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