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Passed the DOT physical recently and was issued a 1 year card. Have type 2 diabetes. Should start the Swift training academy in about 3 weeks at the academy in Waco, Ga. Ready as I'll ever be I guess. Massive change in lifestyle-going from a stationary homebody to traveling for a living!


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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Woohoo! That's very exciting news! I highly recommend keeping all your documents that you needed to get your card with diabetes. Every physical you get from here on out you'll need to provide it to prove your condition is under control. You will most likely be given a new physical and drug test during the first week of school. Likely your first day.

I look forward to hearing how school goes for you

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You're right. The first physical Swift sent me to the MD would only issue a 3 month card. He referred me back to my own MD to have an a1c and blood glucose. When I had done all that and had a metabolic panel as well, and it came back normal and they were satisfied that I had a glucometer and knew how to use it, and was taking metformin, the doctor rapidly and cheerfully issued the 1 year card. An a1c of 10 or more is disqualifying. Mine was quite a bit lower than 10. So if you know anyone with type 2 diabetes tell them to bring an a1c and blood glucose less than 3 months old to their physical and it will save them quite a bit of time and hassle. They'll gladly give you a one year card so long as they know you're aware and making attempts to manage your sugar problem...

Peter M.'s Comment
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Best of luck to you. That’s great news.

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