Kidney Transplant

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Joe S.'s Comment
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Hi all, I've been doing tons of reading and looking to get my CDL. I've been at the same company 27 years on the other end loading trucks (dairy). I've worked 99% of all holidays last 27 years weekends and all hours of the day and night problem looks like the end is coming, I decided to look into getting my medical card short history 2012 rectum cancer chemotherapy killed my kidneys 3 years ago kidney transplant. Went to my Dr at work about medical card she certifies our drivers about 120 said no problem now seems may be a problem with my anti rejection meds. Not to get too personal but does anyone have any advice?? She said it can he done but ??? THANKS IN ADVANCE. AWESOME SITE AND GREAT INFORMATION

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Welcome to the Trucking Truth site, Joe S. We’re glad you’re here and we’ll answer what we can. I recently had a transplant so I’m on some meds, too.

What anti-rejection meds are you currently taking? Will these be lifetime prescriptions?

Joe S.'s Comment
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Hello PackRat Yes lifetime anti rejection meds just found out it may be a problem going to talk to Dr next week. Taking Tacrolimus and Sirolimus. August will be 3 years. Thanks

PackRat's Comment
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I’m taking three different ones. As you wrote, talk with your doctor to see if you can get with answer on acceptable meds or not. Never pause in getting a second opinion. When you contact the driving recruiters, make sure they are aware of these medications. Some companies have stricter guidelines than federal mandates, so they can add any drugs they choose to their list.

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.

Joe S.'s Comment
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Looking OTR no problem being away from home kids graduated or in college and wife understands between dairy work 12hrs a day and pretty much full time farming with pop the past 22 years of marriage not home anyway.

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.

Joe S.'s Comment
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Thanks again thought it may be an obstacle. I'm still employed but looking into the future. May need a career change sooner than later trying to be productive Thanks for your input I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT. JOE Good luck with your transplant also!!

PackRat's Comment
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Thanks again thought it may be an obstacle. I'm still employed but looking into the future. May need a career change sooner than later trying to be productive Thanks for your input I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT. JOE Good luck with your transplant also!!

Thanks! I hope to be back OTR in a month or less. I’ve been not driving since mid February and had a heart transplant on March 12. Three months next week.

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.

Joe S.'s Comment
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Joe S.'s Comment
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Hey PakRat just wanted to let you know I talked to some recruiters today from some of the big companies and they say no problem. Anti rejection drugs not on ban list. Acted like it was a stupid question. Thank you very much for taking the time to help me Hope you are doing well with your transplant and getting healthy to get back at it. Thanks Again Joe

PackRat's Comment
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That’s fantastic, Joe! smile.gif

I talked with a company recruiter today, so expect a call back tomorrow.

Have my DOT physical on the 24th . Looks like I’ll be back at it next month, so everything is going according to the plan for me.

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.

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