Cpap Compliance 30 Or 90 Days?

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tripletdad's Comment
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Hello, I’m going to get my DOT physical tomorrow or Thursday after passing my Cdl permit test (thanks to this site) and I need to figure out where to go. I have mild sleep apnea. AHI of 12, so it’s barely apnea. The company I’m going with sent me an email saying I need to take a print out stating I’ve got 30 days of compliance. Ok, fine. Pulled my report and I’m compliant the last 30 days. I called Northeast Ohio DOT Physicals, which is a place that does DOT physicals and nothing else, and confirmed with him, but he told me that he needs 90 day compliance. I can pay him the $79 and get a 2 month card, and then in two months come back and get a one year card after paying another $79.

My question is this— if the company I’m going with specifically told me 30 days, are there any places in Ohio you all could recommend that will give me a one year card with 30 day compliance.

I’m close to 70% for 90 days. I typically use my cpap every night, but I am about three nights short of 70% compliance over the 90 days. Normally I would just wait and take the physical next week, but I’m trying to get into a class that starts next Monday instead of next month.

Any help?

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.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Are you paying for this physical or is your employer? Typically you'll be given a new DOT physical on their dime with their doctor your first week there. I'd say just spend the money on it. If you're not given a new card by the company doc then just get a new one in 2 months after you have the compliance. It all comes down to are you willing to push your start date back atleast a week, depending on the dates you didnt use it, over $79.

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.

tripletdad's Comment
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I’m paying for it. They only do classes once a month, so I’d be pushing my start date back by a month, not a week.

Are you paying for this physical or is your employer? Typically you'll be given a new DOT physical on their dime with their doctor your first week there. I'd say just spend the money on it. If you're not given a new card by the company doc then just get a new one in 2 months after you have the compliance. It all comes down to are you willing to push your start date back atleast a week, depending on the dates you didnt use it, over $79.

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.

Bullitt_VW's Comment
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If your close to 70% for 90 days. That’s not using your cpap every night, min. 4 hours per session.

What type of cpap you have? Mask typr?

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.

Bullitt_VW's Comment
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I just want to say that there a number of people on TT that use a CPAP , me included. I know when I first started using a CPAP It felt very un natural and invasive. Though, with support and encouragement, I got used to it and felt the benefits of using it. MY energy levels were greatly improved. I use it every night. I avg 6.5 hours per night now.

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.

tripletdad's Comment
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My problem is that I sometimes go to bed and play on my phone and then fall asleep. I’ll wake up around 3 or 4am and put it on, but by then it’s too late to get the 4 hours. I use a resmed airsense 10 with a nasal n20 mask. Now that it’s important to my future job, I’ve made sure to put the mask on as soon as I get into bed so that I stay compliant.

I just want to say that there a number of people on TT that use a CPAP , me included. I know when I first started using a CPAP It felt very un natural and invasive. Though, with support and encouragement, I got used to it and felt the benefits of using it. MY energy levels were greatly improved. I use it every night. I avg 6.5 hours per night now.

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.

Peter M.'s Comment
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I just want to say that there a number of people on TT that use a CPAP , me included. I know when I first started using a CPAP It felt very un natural and invasive. Though, with support and encouragement, I got used to it and felt the benefits of using it. MY energy levels were greatly improved. I use it every night. I avg 6.5 hours per night now.

I couldn’t agree more. The CPAP pretty much saved/extended my life. I look forward to using it every night.

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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I’ve made sure to put the mask on as soon as I get into bed so that I stay compliant.

that's definitely the best way to do it. My usage has dropped to about 86% because I haven't done that. I'm still compliant but I'd rather it be closer to 100%. My problem is the wife wanting to snuggle up but she hates the mask being in the way on the days I'm off. One time I told her just pretend I'm on life support and it's our last night together but APPARENTLY that's a total mood killer rofl-1.gif

I'd pay the $79 and if he gives you a 2 month card so be it. As I said earlier it's almost guaranteed you'll be issued a new med card when you go to orientation on the companies dime. Even if you're not, do you really want to wait an extra month over $79?

You will only be given 1 year cards while you have sleep apnea. I use the same machine you do and when I had to show usage I just went in the app and emailed my report to the doctor in the waiting room.

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.

Banks's Comment
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Your employer is probably thing to make you do another physical on their dime anyway. I can't to FedEx with a brand new med card that was only a couple of days old and they said they couldn't use it. I had to go see their doctor and get a new one.

tripletdad's Comment
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I’m totally fine with getting a two month card, I’m just not sure if they will accept a two month card. The email I have with offer says I need a 1 or 2 year card. I just emailed my recruiter. Guess I’ll see what she says.

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