My Return To Work

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Spoonerist 's Comment
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Greetings all,

I am pursuing a career change/transfer to trucking. After much research and reading it feels like a good fit.

This forum has been pivotal in my development. The High Road training has definitely kept me on my toes.

I drove school bus for about a year (almost 20 years ago... woah, I’m getting old) and loved it. I’m excited about the prospect of going OTR. I love the challenge of driving complex vehicles and have deeply enjoyed the learning that has brought me to this point.

Today I am getting my DOT physical and sitting for my permit exam. I have some health concerns, but have been encouraged to tackle them! It feels good to have a goal of returning to work in better health!

Thank you for all the writing you all have contributed to this site!




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.


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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Welcome! Are you already enrolled in classes? Any ideas what company you're hoping to get your start with? Please stick around and keep us updated on your journey.

Spoonerist 's Comment
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Swift at Lewiston, ID

Spoonerist 's Comment
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Good afternoon,

I passed my permit exam this morning and my physical yesterday!

I’m scheduled to start company training with Swift in Lewiston, ID on Monday!

It definitely feels real now! I’m super excited!

Thank you for all the support and resources that helped me get to this point! (Yes, lots of exclams)

I will update this thread as I go.



Turtle's Comment
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Congrats on the permit!

It will indeed get very real, very soon. Good luck, and be sure to let us know how it's going.

Spoonerist 's Comment
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Welp... delays. Unfortunately my medical certificate is only for 3 months and the training center requires at least 6.

I’m working on getting my A1C down. I keep finding mixed information about it. I understand that I should keep it below 7 for optimum health and lower risk. That’s my goal.

Does anyone here know the specifics? I’m not on insulin.

Another point holding me back is a log of CPAP usage. I started tracking it early this month. I had a hunch these things would slow me down. All good though.

I am feeling much better and very much want to attend trucking school. The extra time will work well for studying! My passport should arrive by then too.




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.

PackRat's Comment
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What's your daily diet like? What do you eat and drink? How's your weight and height?

Spoonerist 's Comment
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5’10” 260

I eat mostly meat and non-starchy vegetables. I drink tea, water, and milk. Some nuts for snacks. Overall my diet is pretty good. Before mid-July it was worse than that. I had an aha moment and decided to get my health under control.

I feel like I’m on the right path and getting healthy.



PackRat's Comment
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Short-term right now, here's what I would suggest. Cut out all dairy, and the veggies.


Wild caught fish.

Nuts and seeds.

High fat meats.

Water, tea, coffee.

Low carbs, no dairy, no grains. If it's white in color, don't consume it.

If it has ingredients on the label, don't consume it.

Need a snack? Cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, avocado slices, or pork rinds.

Spoonerist 's Comment
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Thank you Packrat! I appreciate your input.

I just realized that I can take my endorsements now too. I figured I would have to wait until I had my CDL in hand.




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.
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