Post-surgery Update And Return-To-Work Questions...

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Week after my Robotic-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy... saw Drs... all good! Catheter out (thank G-d). Pathology report was also favorable. No cancer found in the lymph nodes they removed. "Positive margins" - no cancer found in the edges of the prostate closest to the "areas of greatest concern" (where most of my cancerous cells were found during initial biopsy and closest the the nerves they must "spare" to not destroy continence and sexual functioning).

So I mentioned (again) my situation RE: CDL and that I needed a list of all medications I was given which might show up in a drug test and at some point a "return to work" "clearance" letter.

(I still have a "no lifting over 10-ponds restriction for another 5 weeks and see the Dr. again in a month).

The document I received from the Nurse Practitioner is labled "CERTIFICATE OF RETURN TO WORK". It explains that I had surgery and was given mild narcotics to manage pain and that I able to "wean off of them" within a week of surgery. It goes on to say "Regarding approval for his CDL license there are no concerns from a urology standpoint that would inhibit patients driving."

Love to hear what you all think of this.

How much documentation do I need on the drugs I was given? When would an employer consider me "ready"? (I had always assumed it would be after yet another DOT physical following the (10-pound lifting) "6-week" wait)...

Thanks all. And thanks for the positive thoughts and prayers!

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.

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

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hey Marc. Happy to hear about the great post surgery report. Your other questions, I don't know the answers to. But I'm sure some of the other members who know that stuff will weigh in with info. Just glad to hear the good news and see you moving forward.

PackRat's Comment
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Just have a complete list of the meds, reason for the prescription, complete info for each doctor, and dates. Any company's recruiting or safety department should be able to tell you what prescribed meds are allowed, both by their policies, and the FMCSA. Great to read you are recovering positively.good-luck.gif

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

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.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Hey Marc. Happy to hear about the great post surgery report. Your other questions, I don't know the answers to. But I'm sure some of the other members who know that stuff will weigh in with info. Just glad to hear the good news and see you moving forward.

Thanks Bruce. Hope things are going well for you.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Glad to hear all went well.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Just have a complete list of the meds, reason for the prescription, complete info for each doctor, and dates. Any company's recruiting or safety department should be able to tell you what prescribed meds are allowed, both by their policies, and the FMCSA. Great to read you are recovering positively.good-luck.gif

Thanks PackRat.

So just to be clear... not currently taking anything not on my list of "maintenance meds." which I have been taking during school, training, etc.. So not currently taking anything which I would expect to be a problem. My main concern was being proactive to alert them in advance of things likely to show up in the drug tests - J.B. Hunt does both hair and urine.

I wouldn't think anything they gave me to put or keep me under for surgery would matter. As for after... it was mostly non-narcotic... mild narcotic for a few days after. Oxy going from pharmacy through my Sister's hands to the Police (or similar) for proper disposal - never touched it!

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

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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Glad to see you're on your way to a speedy recovery Marc !! Right on ! Yeah after my knee surgery (looks like hardware store in it) They prescribed Norco 325s pffft

I didn't need those, Aleve's work fine for me then, and now. I have a pretty high threshold for pain, said the hot nurse who removed my 70 staples! hahaha...

Don't rush your healing process, the time will pass fast enough, and soon, you shall be back in the saddle !dancing.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Thanks Stevo!

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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After my surgery in Aug, Prime wanted 48 hours between my narcotics and a new physical. Yes i gave the return to work stuff, but needed the new DOT physical anyway.

I only took a couple percacet the day after the surgery. I was out 6 weeks. I returned without a lifting restriction.

You need to lift any damaged and refused freight boxes so that 10 lb restriction will probably be the main issue.

Good luck and congrats on a speedy recovery

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Marc, you feeling any better? Up and about? Able to leap tall buildings yet?

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