DOT Physical - Heart Transplant

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Andy C.'s Comment
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Can anyone tell me the possibility of being hired on after a heart transplant? I’ve passed my Dot physical, and have been accepted in a local CDL school, but I don’t know if a company would hire me on. Any advice would be appreciated.

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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I had one performed about 18 months ago. I was in recovery for five months off the road, right back to driving with a different company. That was two companies ago, so I never had a problem getting a driving job, but I was an experienced driver, not a new driver.

As long as you pass any physical tests, no reason you won't get hired. What medications are you on now?

Andy C.'s Comment
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Imunity suppressants mostly. I appreciated the feedback sir, and I'm happy to hear you're back in the saddle. you are an inspiration, Thank you.

PackRat's Comment
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The only one I do now is Prograf forever.

PackRat's Comment
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How long were you on the waiting list for the the new ticker?

Andy C.'s Comment
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I was in the Hospital for 6 months. first they tried to install a ventricle asset device, didn't work, then 3 months later they found a donor. what an ordeal. I wasn't exactly a typical case. I'm on sirolimus and tacrolimus for life, I thought id just retire and take it easy, but I found out, that isn't something a 57 year old should be doing. How's your blood pressure and everything else? How do you exercise on the road ?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Only exercise out here is walking whenever I can. I am extremely careful on what I eat, with a few bad nutrition habits that I'm weaning myself off slowly.

I was fortunate to only be on the waiting list for 26 hours! Prior to that, I was in a hospital bed for about weeks. My old heart output had decreased to under 10% when I checked into the hospital. I had been driving up until two days before that. Leading up to my hospital extended stay, I had gained about 50-60 pounds in a four month span. It was all fluids that my body and heart could not process.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Andy C.'s Comment
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Have you ever tried exercise bands, very compact and you can get a good pump.

PackRat's Comment
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I was in the military for 32 years, built my log cabin in the mountains of VA, and was a professional logger for more than two years.

I got enough exercise in.

Don U.'s Comment
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I had a heart transplant in 2017. I started driving truck again in October 2021. I drove from 1988 to 2005. I was then an RN until 2017. Getting my cdl again proved to be challenging. The dang pre- trip. I have to get dot physical every 6 months. I see life differently now. Do what you like and take pride in it. Getting a company that valued my past experience was more difficult than I anticipated. I found one and they have a great driver. In my opinion.

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.

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