Good News And Not-So-Good-News! And A Few Questions!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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So... finally got someone in Recruiting at J.B. Hunt to get back to me. (Onlne chat person took my info and inquired about potential re-hire after the fall, loss of Fed. Med. due to time off and need for insulin diabetes testing and new form). Had to follow-up and prompt her to inquire again for me. Reply was I can apply again once I get my Fed. Med.. Currently targeting 3/22 for that.

Then I met with my Urologist. Still need a consult with Radiologist (3/21, same day I see Endocrinologist at same place to get my MCSA-5870 signed, hopefully). Also need a pre-operative exam from my Primary Care Physician but I have a tentative date of 4/30 for a surgical removal of my prostate. Looks like my return to trucking will be delayed a bit longer...

So here's a couple of questions...

After a major surgical procedure will I need a new Federal Medical Certificate? If so... is there any point in getting it before surgery and trying to restart driving? Minimum time off will be 2 weeks. Even minimal pain medication will no doubt be detectable and the surgical records, "return to work" approval of Dr., documentation of meds. / dosages prescribed, etc. will no doubt be needed. Do I need / want drugs to clear before applying and drug testing or will that be OK as long as use is not abuse?

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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

Big T's Comment
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Take the records and pill bottles with you. It would also be something to tell JB or anyone that you are applying with. They can tell you what their policy is. Some companies may require you to be off it for a certain time frame.

Rainy 's Comment
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I needed a new DOT physical after i was diagnosed with sleep apnea and need to send the CPAP compliance records for every physical after that. I also needed a new physical after my surgery in August, transmitting my cpap and providing my surgery records...not just a letter from my doctor saying i was fully recovered.

when you started discussing all of these forms and tests, it made me wonder, you may have to go through this every year and/or physical. very time consuming and nerve racking. sorry.

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.

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.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Thanks Rainy and Big T..

May do Fed. Med. ASAP anyway.

At least I can drive a limousine once I have the new card. Could take time off from that for surgery and recovery easier than starting and stopping CDL training again.

Looks like I am about to start my very own Fed. Med. Card collection Rainy!

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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