I Am Uncomfortable Taking An On-site Sleep Study-I Already Have 2 Year Medical Card

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Tim F.'s Comment
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I’m going through the process now. I have an appointment next week to get my machine and start treatment.

I’ve always wondered when I was going to get flagged. Four things 1.Age 2. Weight 3. Blood Pressure 4. type 2 diabetes. Now I got tested.

Right now I’m trying to navigate the thirty day requirement on Data as my medical card expires on 2-12-20. I think there is a thought of an extension for 30 or 60 days to allow me to get data for them to look at.

My thought is this. I can accept it, do as they request OR I can look for a job in a different profession.

What’s easier?

Rob. D.'s Comment
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Priscilla,

Please update this post with the results of your test, or whatever action you decide to take.

It will not only let those who have commented know the outcome, but also let others who are in your similar situation know what to expect.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Priscilla.... in trucking you get med cards all the time. Big Scott had a 2 yr med card for 3 weeks, then applied to a different company and had to get a new med card.

Splitter had 4 different med cards in 3 months. I had surgery to remove an ovary and although my med card still had another year on it, i needed a new one. I dont even know how many Marc Lee got in his short trucking time.

It is just a fact of life in trucking. And the sleep apnea is not just Prime... Bruce K here at schneider had to... Christian at Old Dominion had to.. and those were after they had 2 yr cards.

People who come into companies sometimes go through this, despite having a card. The company has a right to reject medications or be more stringent than DOT requirements.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jamie's Comment
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I had three 3 year cards in a short 2 months from my taxi permit, trucking school and again once I got to orientation. It wasn't until after about 2 months I got called saying I was flagged for a sleep study, and I had it it has literally changed my life, I now have more energy and feel more rested then I ever did. Although Schneider didnt require me to get a new med card at the time, it wasn't until I came to Crete where I went through another dot physical, I was given a one year card due to having sleep apnea.

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.

Jay G.'s Comment
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Besides all the anecdotes of having better sleep, correcting sleep apnea has huge repercussions on your cardiovascular health as well. When your airways become blocked (not saying you have obstructive sleep apnea, but it is the most common one), your body has to really work for that breath. The side effect is an enlarged heart. That could lead to a heart attack and a bunch of other risks. For example think of someone who smokes. Smoking may not ACTUALLY cause cancer or heart failure, but it greatly increases the risk. Sleep apnea may not ACTUALLY cause a heart attack or cardiovascular failure, but it greatly increases the risk.

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.

Priscilla W.'s Comment
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I decided to just go with it. My husband explained the insurance aspect of it all and basically said what the first guy on here said: that if I wanna work here I gotta do this. I’ll let y’all know what happens after I do the sleep study. Thank you for all the comments, I am new to all this and I need solid answers for peace of mind and it’s been difficult to get those at times....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I have a 2 year medical card. That is what is confusing about it. I have already gone to a doctor, had a physical and gotten a 2 year medical card. I see no reason to have that questioned or reassessed by another doctor who is going off numbers on a page. I have a lot of muscle mass, and i carry my weight in my thighs and butt....those do not constrict my airway. I think it is a bit presumptuous to look at a BMI and assume this person needs to throw out their perfectly valid medical card and go through possibly unnecessary testing...my main argument here is that I have already had a physical and been deemed fit for 2 years by a physician.

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I have been with Prime 4 years. if you dont have apnea, it you will test negative. the test and machine were cheaper than the doctors back home in NJ with the insurance. i tested negative... gained weight 2 yrs later i was required to do it again and tested positive. i hated the machine

Cardinal Sleep is not a part of Prime... They are an independent that has a satellite office in our terminal. Phillips makes the CPAPs The machine that cleans the machine is SoClean.

SoClean's website specifically says to use a "reputable company like Cardinal Sleep when ordering replacement parts because conterfiet parts habe been sold on amazon"... something to that effect.

The Prime doctor is not evil either. i use them as my promary care... even got a pap smear and mammogram referrals there.

You get a 2 month card due to DOT regulations, not the company.

hang in there.... Primes great.

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My company did the same. They want their own clinic or doctor, as it is easy to find a doctor to pass you on questionable things. For instance mine took my blood pressure multiple times until it was acceptable

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Ralph D.'s Comment
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I have always wondered/worried about sleep studies that have you go somewhere. Wont your sleep be more restless because your somewhere unfamiliar or do they somehow take that into account? I also don't sleep on a bed, I have slept in a hammock for years and really don't sleep well on a bed anymore.

PackRat's Comment
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I also don't sleep on a bed, I have slept in a hammock for years and really don't sleep well on a bed anymore.

How are you planning on accomplishing this on a semi? I have seen drivers string a hammock beneath a trailer before.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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I also don't sleep on a bed, I have slept in a hammock for years and really don't sleep well on a bed anymore.

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How are you planning on accomplishing this on a semi? I have seen drivers string a hammock beneath a trailer before.

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ps: sorry.. you were right about the pics, @PackRat lol~! I almost bought one of these for the hubby for Xmas..still may, for his 2 hour layovers. Naps are nice for night drivers, ya know?

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