Well Today I Received A New DOT Med Card. :)

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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On Sunday evening my boss called me to say he had no more money to operate the business. So, my job was a victim of CCP Virus. I had been planning a return to trucking this just jump started it. I have worked hard to get my A1C down. I actually went from 11 to 5. I have also lost about 30 pounds so far.

As soon as I got off the phone with my boss I emailed a friend from CFI who is a recruiter. He had a different recruiter call me Monday. I told her I would be going for my DOT physical this week. I had to get some paperwork filled out from my doctor, I got that back yesterday.

Today I went back to the clinic I had the last physical. They have a medical assistant do the majority of the work. He finished his part and I waited for the doctor to come in. He came in and remembered me from the last time. He was very happy with my results. He told me he was worried before coming in because he saw I didn't get a sleep study. When he measured my neck and looked at my BMI he gave me a fist bump. He said I made his day. Well he made my day.

I left there and drove straight to DMV to get the restriction removed from my CDL. From the DMV parking lot I emailed everything to CFI.

Now I wait to hear back on Monday.

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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.

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Great news Scott! Congratulations on your reductions in weight, A1C, and BMI. I know that couldn’t have been easy. Really looking forward to another post, announcing your return into a truck! Awesome job.

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.

000's Comment
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I believe theres no such thing as coincidence! Very relieved & happy for you, just as you were for me when I had my struggles getting my CDL. It's amazing how things figure themselves out when we put in the work & persevere. Believe me, I know how hard you worked to get this done. My brother struggles with his weight & diabetes. Again very happy for you! Congratulations!

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Glad to hear you were able to get those concerns taken care of. Good job putting in the effort to get those numbers down. Is CFI requiring any additional training for you or will you be given your own keys after orientation?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Glad to hear you were able to get those concerns taken care of. Good job putting in the effort to get those numbers down. Is CFI requiring any additional training for you or will you be given your own keys after orientation?

As far as I know now it seems it's orientation and truck. I'll surely keep updating.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Navypoppop's Comment
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Big Scott,

Congratulations are surely in order to you! You have shown how hard work and determination can overcome even the hardest of challenges. I'm sure that you will breeze thru orientation and get those keys with pride and respect for a job well done. Myself and everyone here on TT is wishing you continued success and good health. Once again, Way to go!good-luck-2.gifgood-luck.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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That is so very cool. Congratulations on setting your mind to a challenge and following through.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Don's Comment
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Your perseverance was rewarded. Welcome back to driving.

PJ's Comment
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This is awesome news!!! Congrats. You have been through alot and now crossed that finish line. Looking forward to sharing the roads with you again Sir!!!

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G-Town's Comment
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Good for you Big Scott. Congratulations! Best wishes for success.

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