Lost My Medical Card. :(

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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On July 23rd, I had an interview with a local company. The interview and driving test went very well. I really wanted this job. They sent me for a drug test and physical. The physical turned out to be a DOT physical and my sugar was to high, they denied the DOT card. Even though I had a fairly fresh medical card, this trumped that one. So with no DOT medical I can't drive a CMV.

Before you ask. It is with a heavy heart that I made the decision to come off the road and get a local job. CFI is like family to me. They have been very helpful and understanding during this difficult time. I don't know how long it will be before I am back to good health. I have been to the doctor, started meds and changed my diet. Progress is being made.

As the sole income of my house my wife and I are worried. I jumped right out there and started looking for a job. I found one and started on the 29th. I am running a small warehouse. I am basically there by myself and have to build a few different types of machines. I also have to ship them when they are ready. It is very hot, I get dirty every day, and I love it. I don't know how long it will take to get my med card back, so this is a good job until then.

CFI will be sending a tow truck to get my truck. It's ready for trade in anyhow. I have lots of cleaning to do this weekend.

The moral of this story is life can change in a blink.

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
icecold24k's Comment
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This is truly unfortunate.. I really hate to hear this. I know how much you enjoyed driving and how much you loved CFI. Couple of questions, what is the process now for getting a medical card back. Like steps involved and time frame. Also did you have any symptoms prior to this or were you just kinda blindsided by it. I know when I was OTR my health became terrible from a poor diet. Completely my fault. I am in much better shape now and got it all back together. Just kinda curious.

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I was blind sided. I am waiting until my doctor feels my health will not make me unsafe. I also have to get a sleep study. I see my doctor again at the end of this month. I also need to lose some weight. This will come with the diet and the constant moving at work.

icecold24k's Comment
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Thanks for answering. I truly hope things go well and you are able to get all this straightened out as quickly as possible. Keep us updated.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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So sorry to hear this Big Scott. After 20 years of manual labor I got myself a work at home job. Gained alot of weight and broke my pancreas, been on metformin since then. Hope you get that diet right, and the activity will surely help. I wish you the best.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I was blind sided. I am waiting until my doctor feels my health will not make me unsafe. I also have to get a sleep study. I see my doctor again at the end of this month. I also need to lose some weight. This will come with the diet and the constant moving at work.

That really zucks, Scott. I feel awful FOR you. I'm sure your health will improve and any excess weight will come off in no time if you're moving around more. "Skinny Scott" just doesn't sound right though...

Best of luck for a speedy return to the road.

Tim F.'s Comment
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Wow. My ears are ringing. Sorry to hear this Big Scott. I’m going through the same thing with my blood sugar. I have developed type 2 diabetes. It right at the lowest level. I won’t say I was blindsided, but I’ve never had this issue in the past. Probably a combination of age, diet, and exercise. (Or lack of exercise)

Here’s the difference though. The DOT physicians is working with me. Probably because I knew about it and listed it in my long form (I had found out a few days before my physical).

I need to have a form completed by my physician and return that to her. Also, I qualify for the sleep study...I have 6 months to do that. My current card expires on August 6th, so I have an appointment on Monday to try to get everything done. Then I return it to her and she’ll issue me a 6 month card pending the sleep study.

Good luck in your return to driving. I’m sure it won’t be long.

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Sorry to hear about your downturn of fortune health-wise.

A lot of sugar related issues are in direct correlation with being overweight.

Depending on age, and how long you have been obese, and how long your A1C's have been high - the situation could be easily remedied by changes in diet & exercise.

Hopefully - you can get things back on track and get your med card back.

Likewise with OSA - much of it is related to obesity.

If you put your mind to it - you can accomplish things in short order.

Best wishes for a speedy remediation to your current health situation.

Rick

tarheel59's Comment
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Big Scott, sorry to hear about your health issues. I understand the problem you are going through. Exercise and diet are key in battling this as has been said. Prayers for you in this endeavor. tarheel59

Banks's Comment
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This is good news, Scott. Especially if you were blindsided. Going for that physical gave you the opportunity to get ahead of this before it got really bad.

I have no doubt that you'll be behind the wheel in no time. I look forward to following your new journey.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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