Do Not Ignore That Pain

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Tom C.'s Comment
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My teammate was complaining of stomach pains. Like someone punched him right below the ribs on his left side. I was concerned and we went to a local flying j to shut down for a bit because we both are running low on hours. A few hours later while we both are trying to get some sleep he wakes me up and takes me up on the offer I had made earlier of taking him to the hospital.

I asked him if an ambulance would be better and he says yes and I walk into the j and have them call an ambulance. He was walking and talking just in extreme pain. He texts me at around 0800 to let me know what's up. Appendicitis and he's going to get it removed.

So I am sitting here at a j in Kansas City waiting on my teammate to recover enough for me to bobtail over and pick him up to take him home.

Moral of the story is do not ignore that pain it could be something serious.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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My teammate was complaining of stomach pains. Like someone punched him right below the ribs on his left side. I was concerned and we went to a local flying j to shut down for a bit because we both are running low on hours. A few hours later while we both are trying to get some sleep he wakes me up and takes me up on the offer I had made earlier of taking him to the hospital.

I asked him if an ambulance would be better and he says yes and I walk into the j and have them call an ambulance. He was walking and talking just in extreme pain. He texts me at around 0800 to let me know what's up. Appendicitis and he's going to get it removed.

So I am sitting here at a j in Kansas City waiting on my teammate to recover enough for me to bobtail over and pick him up to take him home.

Moral of the story is do not ignore that pain it could be something serious.

Wow! Appendicitis is usually on the lower right side

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tom C.'s Comment
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Might have been. It was yesterday that he told me where all I know is what he told me. Its been a frustrating week. Got on the truck after orientation and got jerked around for a week on hometime it's week 5 starting this last Saturday since I got on my mentor's truck so I am Probbibly confusing left from right at this point.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Might have been. It was yesterday that he told me where all I know is what he told me. Its been a frustrating week. Got on the truck after orientation and got jerked around for a week on hometime it's week 5 starting this last Saturday since I got on my mentor's truck so I am Probbibly confusing left from right at this point.

I wasn't doubting you. I have even heard of a rare condition where your organs are reversed.

To reinforce your point, I just read an article where an old man had a sore on his ***** and ignored it. Finally his ***** fell off and he died a few days later. It was skin cancer. I would post the link, but it is pretty graphic

I ignored pain in my foot for years, thinking it was arthritis from a toe I broke as a kid. When the other foot started hurting, I found out it was gout, and it is mostly controlled by meds now

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Never ignore pain. Pain means one of two things:

You are doing/have done something you're not supposed to.

Something is wrong.

Either way, pain is your body's way of saying "um, excuse me, but please stop this."

Will H.'s Comment
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My brother who is...was a OTR trucker ignored his symptoms. He did not have a physical done in over 3 years at least no blood work done. For the past 4 months he had been sick and loosing weight and did little about it. His wife then finally dragged him to the ER. Turns out that he had cancer that was growing for the last 3 years and now they are giving him only a few months at best. I tell you all not for any sympathy but as a cautionary tale. Don't ignore pain or other symptoms. Don't skip your annual check ups and just think that the DOT physicals are enough. If he had a full physical every year he would probably not be dying now at the of 49 leaveing his wife and a young child.

Push through the pain and symptoms at your own and your family's peril.

Side note the likely reason for his cancer is because of his dipping habit. Also as I have not yet have a DOT physical I don't know what is involved, but 2 years or more between physicals is too far apart.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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