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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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They would have accepted the test but they would have required 30 to 90 days compliance on the machine before bringing you in.

That was easy wasn't it rather than fretting!!! Congrats!

Dean R.'s Comment
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Just got done with my physical to get my clp but they only gave me a 3 month card and brochure for a sleep apnea study. Wilson and Roehl have pulled back there offers and I am sure Prime will too. Sleep like a baby every night but this damn dr swears I must have apnea because of my neck is over 17 inches. It was stressful enough changing careers now this. Sorry had to rant, now back to your normal broadcast.

Are you a veteran? If so you could ask for a sleep test at the VA and the VA will issue you a CPAP if you need one. That's what I did. I snored when I was a 185 lbs active duty Marine. My neck size is 18," so I just went ahead and had the study done.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Ted P.'s Comment
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If you getting a "sleep apnea test" asking the company your intending on going to "who do you accept" is the question to ask, IF they only use there Doctor office, the "LAW" is you are entitled to a second opinion, and they say you need it, but your doctor says otherwise, according to the "safety protocol" your family doctor reigns supreme, legally... Most Drivers aren't equipped to do this so doing as they suggest is usually the best course of action. just throwing that out there.... driving for a company they "rule" if O/O I rule, it does change the situation, most Companies don't ask if your O/O it is up to you to handle you... I am a big guy also, I am 6'4" 265lbs. I have been dealing with this "sleep apnea issue" for a long time... and sewed 4 companies because of it... all cases were settled out of court, no it isn't thought as admittance, but this issue never came up again... ME personally I'd never do "company driver", I am leading towards office Manager now, or Dispatcher manager presently... I do work from home... take care

Just got off the phone with my Prime recruiter. I’m officially starting with Prime on the 25th. They wouldn’t have even accepted the outside sleep apnea test.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rick S.'s Comment
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Now - there IS SUCH A THING as OSA. And weight is a factor - but skinny people get it too. Neck diameter is also a factor, but pencil necks get it too.

A friend had it SO BAD - he went into the hospital with pneumonia, and his heart was stopping - they put in a PACEMAKER and put him on a CPAP.

The SCAM PART comes in, because the testing criteria IS SO BOGUS, that FMCSA WON'T EVEN MAKE IT A RULE in 49CFR (so it must be bogus).

Not the part where it's a REAL AILMENT - and prevents restful sleep - but the determination to test is based on BAD SCIENCE.

So do the test (and people like Prime will send you and pay up front, as Kearsey mentioned) - and if you HAVE IT - BETTER TO BE DIAGNOSED and treated. And if you DO NOT - there you go.

It's a "catch-22" - again, based on testing criteria that is as inaccurate in diagnosis. BMI and Neck Diameter - when skinny and thin-necked people are also afflicted?

Horsepuckey.

And it's really unusual for a non-company Doc to ask for a sleep study - because the CO's usually have a "piece of the action", at the sleep center they send you to, and probably buy the CPAP's they sell you in bulk.

Please keep us posted on your progress - I am ESPECIALLY INTERESTED TO HEAR THE RESULTS OF YOUR SLEEP STUDY...

Rick

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

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.

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

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Wolding sent me and paid for everything. Test, machine, nothing out of my pocket.

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