Hardest Part Of Trucking

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Big T's Comment
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This is a common question I get asked by students and friends. Tonight I am living it.

I am sitting in MO while 1600 miles away my wife is sitting at the ER with my four year old. She has been complaining about leg pain for the last two days and the doctors thought she should be seen tonight instead of waiting until Monday. And there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. To me that is the hardest part of trucking.

However, there is a bright side. She is able to go to the ER without worrying about cost because I am able to buy insurance through my company.

Sorry if this didn't come out as coherent as I hoped.

Big Scott's Comment
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Hope all is well.

Old School's Comment
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That is always tough. Not being able to be near those you love in a time of need. It's tough on each family member involved. It doesn't matter if they are the ones missing you, or if you're the one missing them - we all suffer the consequences of the separation.

I hope all ends well Big T. I've had several experiences where my wife suffered through various situations where my presence could have been a comfort to her, but it was not possible. It's very frustrating. It's a price we pay for the other rewarding facets of this career.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Yeah, that is tough. Hope all is well with your little girl.

Big T's Comment
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Daughter update: it ended up being inflammation left from a virus she had a few weeks ago.

Thank you for the kind words guys.

Big Scott's Comment
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Great news.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Dont laugh...for me it is switching trucks. Once you are in a truck for six months or so, you know every rattle and creak. You know every button and and switch. You've been on it long enough to have every nook and cranny filled with personal belongings.

Then a year later you have to swap trucks. Whats worse than taking hours to move everything and going from a manual to an automatic? Going from a Cascadia to an International.

Now all your instruments are in different places with different markings. The cabinets for which you bought drawers are not there. Your twin XL expensive yet incredibly comfortable mattress doesnt fit. the cabinet where yoi hid the kitty litter box has been removed and in general, you just feel like crying.

yes, this was my life today. whhhhhaaaaa!!

Big T's Comment
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No laughter here. My truck is more my home then my actual home.

Dont laugh...for me it is switching trucks. Once you are in a truck for six months or so, you know every rattle and creak. You know every button and and switch. You've been on it long enough to have every nook and cranny filled with personal belongings.

Then a year later you have to swap trucks. Whats worse than taking hours to move everything and going from a manual to an automatic? Going from a Cascadia to an International.

Now all your instruments are in different places with different markings. The cabinets for which you bought drawers are not there. Your twin XL expensive yet incredibly comfortable mattress doesnt fit. the cabinet where yoi hid the kitty litter box has been removed and in general, you just feel like crying.

yes, this was my life today. whhhhhaaaaa!!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I dont have an actual home lol

but...i guess as bad as all that is putting up with the whiners and complainers. the negativity from morons who think they are more important than they are. The vloggers who start out with "Yo yo yo... this is kid xyz in the house comin at ya" as if we are supposed to think that is cool. Then you realize they cant even read an atlas.

ok...im a whiner today hahaha

Patrick C.'s Comment
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The truck IS my home. I go visit my wife at her home. I pack a bag out of my truck to "go home."

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