Would This Keep Me From Driving OTR?

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tarheel59's Comment
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Hi everyone, I have to take blood thinner because I have a mechanical aortic valve. I was born with an aortic bicuspid valve (congenital). I had to have it replaced in 2005. I have absolutely no problems with health issues because of it. I have no blockages in arteries. I currently have valid DOT medical card with company I work for now. I drive passenger buses. I have no other health issues. Just the heart valve. My question is, are the OTR companies going to turn me down because of blood thinner med.I know some companies have a list of certain medications they don't allow. Any input would be appreciated very much. God Bless

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Old School's Comment
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I don't see it as a problem. You'll have to disclose the facts about your valve, and the medication, but there are thousands of drivers taking blood thinners. It's not something the D.O.T. will disqualify you for. Some companies may not go for it, but honestly I doubt it will be very many.

tarheel59's Comment
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Thanks Old School, I have never had a problem being certified so far. I just have to be certified.every year and not every 2 years.

Old School's Comment
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I just have to be certified.every year and not every 2 years.

Actually, I should have mentioned that. People on blood thinners or blood pressure meds will have to recertify annually. Many drivers have to do that.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I just have to be certified.every year and not every 2 years.

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Actually, I should have mentioned that. People on blood thinners or blood pressure meds will have to recertify annually. Many drivers have to do that.

I have to recertify annually, too, as a diabetic. My father in law was on blood thinners, too, when he drove for Werner. Just keep in mind, that the otr lifestyle is more demanding, and keeping track of your health becomes that much more important.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

tarheel59's Comment
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Thanks ∆ Danielsahn ∆, I do realize it is very important to keep up with health issues. More so with being OTR.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Thanks ∆ Danielsahn ∆, I do realize it is very important to keep up with health issues. More so with being OTR.

When I was regional , I figured out a good regimen, and being home for weekly resets allowed me to resupply the foods that helped me keep my blood sugar in check. Now, being OTR , I am re-learning all over again. Fast food is my downfall, in particular, French fries. And the Iron Skillet.

I finally got a Foreman, GT Express, and a Microwave, so I will be able to prepare the foods, I did while regional, again. I just have to avoid the Iron Skillet.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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