Asking For Prayers! REALLY Need Them.

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Victor C. II's Comment
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So I am at 27.35 hours but I will be able to be dropped off to graduate on the 23rd. My trainer and I have discovered though through a couple of events that there is something wrong with my body or at least we think there might be and so I scheduled a doctors appointment for the 30th at 9:20am. They are going to want to do some blood work to find out whats exactly is dragging me down. So I have been doing great driving and really have improved on my backs and even have gotten the trailers in first try too! However, there have been now two occurrences where when I was operating at night that I became dangerously tired and had to give my trainer the wheel. The first time he thought I was just resting my eyes and I interpreted him wrong and thought he ment just sleep☹. The second time was last night and I had drove 6 hours 61 minutes and surrendered the wheel to him after performing a post trip inspection. When I operated with Swift I never really had a problem like this, though I did drive more during the day and not the night. I want to be a Old School or G-Town and roll like a boss but this has got to be resolved in order for me to be both successful and enjoy my career. Sigh. I was hoping this would not happen🤦‍♂️.

Please keep me in your alls prayers. Im going to travel down to Nashville, Tennessee to graduate as I am going to OTR and I have been advised strongly to do that.

Thanks in advance for the prayers and maybe pray for a straight up miracle!

THANKS!

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Sleep apnea maybe?

Driving at night is tough. 95% of the time I'm starting between midnight and 1am and it's just something you get accustomed to. Some days it's hard to stay focused because there's nothing to look at and if dealing with alot of 2 lane roads where people dont turn off their high beams it makes me more tired. It's even worse if I didnt get good quality sleep before starting. Usually pulling off for even just 30 minutes to take a nap fixes the problem for me. Hopefully it's nothing major. Either way you're doing a responsible thing by getting checked out to ensure you're able to safely operate that vehicle.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Biggest question is what is your diet, eating and drinking?

Second biggest question is what are your sleep patterns like? How many hours of uninterrupted sleep each time?

Victor C. II's Comment
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So I really hope its not sleep apnea , I mean will that knock me out of the industry? I am hoping its not Thyroid either.

Packrat, I try to eat mostly healthy things like whole wheat or white bread with peanut butter and Jelly or I have a bunch of soup and precooked meals from Walmart. They are partially carbs and colories. I am trying to find more protien based meals.

Since I have been with a trainer it has been hard for me to sleep like I usually do. Right now it takes me around an hour and a half to really fall asleep. I think thats a big issue there too! A real biggy. I would think that could also be the issue. Plus being on the go constantly, could be a problem too. He stays out for 4 weeks at a time.

Sleep apnea maybe?

Driving at night is tough. 95% of the time I'm starting between midnight and 1am and it's just something you get accustomed to. Some days it's hard to stay focused because there's nothing to look at and if dealing with alot of 2 lane roads where people dont turn off their high beams it makes me more tired. It's even worse if I didnt get good quality sleep before starting. Usually pulling off for even just 30 minutes to take a nap fixes the problem for me. Hopefully it's nothing major. Either way you're doing a responsible thing by getting checked out to ensure you're able to safely operate that vehicle.

Biggest question is what is your diet, eating and drinking?

Second biggest question is what are your sleep patterns like? How many hours of uninterrupted sleep each time?

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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So I really hope its not sleep apnea , I mean will that knock me out of the industry?

no. There are a few of us here that have sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea you need to use a CPAP machine a minimum of 4 hours a day for atleast 70% of the time. When you get for DOT physical you need to bring documentation proving you're compliant and then be given a 1 year card.

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.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Well I am glad to hear that but praying its not sleep apnea. How does sleep apnea formulate in a persons body?

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So I really hope its not sleep apnea , I mean will that knock me out of the industry?

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no. There are a few of us here that have sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea you need to use a CPAP machine a minimum of 4 hours a day for atleast 70% of the time. When you get for DOT physical you need to bring documentation proving you're compliant and then be given a 1 year card.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Your overloading on carbs then having a "carb crash" due to that stuff you're consuming which is not healthy. Eat this:

Meat

Seeds and nuts

Wild caught seafood

Eggs

Vegetables

High fat, low carbs, and don't worry about cholesterol, calories, or fat content. If it has a label with more than three ingredients, don't eat or drink it.

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Victor C. II's Comment
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PackRat thank you so much for those incredibly useful tips cause I was kind of wondering what I should be buying. Okay so with that knowledge, what kind of utensils and trucker appliances should I look for to cook, grill or bake while driving? I am at a lost for knowledge there.

Your overloading on carbs then having a "carb crash" due to that stuff you're consuming which is not healthy. Eat this:

Meat

Seeds and nuts

Wild caught seafood

Eggs

Vegetables

High fat, low carbs, and don't worry about cholesterol, calories, or fat content. If it has a label with more than three ingredients, don't eat or drink it.

good-luck.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Sleep apnea maybe?

Driving at night is tough. 95% of the time I'm starting between midnight and 1am and it's just something you get accustomed to. Some days it's hard to stay focused because there's nothing to look at and if dealing with alot of 2 lane roads where people dont turn off their high beams it makes me more tired. It's even worse if I didnt get good quality sleep before starting. Usually pulling off for even just 30 minutes to take a nap fixes the problem for me. Hopefully it's nothing major. Either way you're doing a responsible thing by getting checked out to ensure you're able to safely operate that vehicle.

I bought some LED bulbs for my truck and that helped immensely. I could only drive 3-4 hours at night before and my eyes were always strained.

I just drove until 9 PM until 5:30 this morning and would have finished the last two hours on my block but couldn’t find parking any further ahead.

Also I will take a 30 minute nap or two if needed.

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.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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How many hours are you sleeping each day?

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