Question Regarding Sleep Apnea

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PackRat's Comment
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Is a CPAP user eligible for a two-year medical card?

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Is a CPAP user eligible for a two-year medical card?

No, when i recently got my recertication my usage was 29/30 days and was still only issued a 1 year. As far as I know high blood pressure and sleep apnea are 2 conditions that require yearly physicals even if you're following the treatment plan (blood pressure pills or CPAP)

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Is a CPAP user eligible for a two-year medical card?

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No, when i recently got my recertication my usage was 29/30 days and was still only issued a 1 year. As far as I know high blood pressure and sleep apnea are 2 conditions that require yearly physicals even if you're following the treatment plan (blood pressure pills or CPAP)

Heart transplant is a one-year card, too.

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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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Peter M.'s Comment
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“I didn't realize how bad I was sleeping until I got the CPAP and really started sleeping. When your brain does not get into REM sleep, you wind up convincing yourself that everything is okay. Yes, I know I'm no physician, but having transition into CPAP 15 years ago, I can speak with quite a bit of positive experience.”

I couldn’t agree more. My sleep study showed that I stopped breathing for 43 seconds a minute! With more than 90 events an hour. For the study, I think I got 3 1/2 hours of sleep (wearing the mask because they didn’t want me dying on their watch :-) ) and when I woke up, I never felt so good. I love my CPAP. It’s saved my life. Period.

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.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Type 2 diabetes is also 1 year card.

Papa Pig's Comment
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So, I am going to take my DOT physical tomorrow and our instructor said to bring 90 days worth of compliance with us to the Dr that my cdl school is sending us too. I only have about 30 days of compliance. That’s all I initially thought I needed.

I fully plan on being honest and forthcoming but my question is. Do you think a doc would flat out refuse to give me a medical card or maybe just a 60 Day card until I get more compliance built up?

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Did you just get the machine?

Papa Pig's Comment
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No. I have had it for awhile but figured the only person it was hurting me at the time not using it was myself. As soon as I signed up for the school and they said I would need to bring in a compliance record I started using it. Didn’t start worrying till they mentioned 90 days of data instead of 30

Errol V.'s Comment
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I have a CPAP. The Dr for the physical probably is not interested in the machine. The compliance record comes from the place that administers the machine. Ask them to get a printout report. I've heard you can download a report yourself from the SD card inside the CPAP machine.

In my last DOT physical, I brought the official printout, but the exam doctor simply asked me if I used it in a regular basis. I answered "Yes". (Really I do use it! Honest!)

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.

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.

Dm:

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Oh, and the CPAP report is only for the last 30 days. Your instructor may have confused the time for the hair follicle drug test, 90 days on that.

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.

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