Va DOT Physical Blues

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Chris V.'s Comment
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Hello, I started school and when the doctor came in I was failed because of my vision in my left eye is not 20/40. Also that I had a sleep test 13 years ago and was told, that I did not have to use a machine my level was near the need one stage. Going to cost a in grand for contacts to fix vision, but have to save up. The CPAP thing I question, because he noted that her had a home test kit that he would say me up with for 250.00. Sounds fishy to me. Not sure of a way to find a driver friendly doctor that would notice that my vision in my right eye is 20/20 and the contacts are coming and the CPAP thing is not needed. Not trying to dodge the vision but need to make some money to pay for it. I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Any guidance would be great. Chris

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.

Eugene K.'s Comment
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Hey Chris welcome! I'm from the Hampton Roads area well.

It's possible your insurance may cover a consultation for a sleep study. Sentara has a pulmonary obstruction, critical care, and sleep specialist in the medical office on Independence Blvd in front of Bayside hospital. If you're skeptical about the CPAP recommendation, they can give you a second opinion.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Hello, I started school and when the doctor came in I was failed because of my vision in my left eye is not 20/40. Also that I had a sleep test 13 years ago and was told, that I did not have to use a machine my level was near the need one stage. Going to cost a in grand for contacts to fix vision, but have to save up. The CPAP thing I question, because he noted that her had a home test kit that he would say me up with for 250.00. Sounds fishy to me. Not sure of a way to find a driver friendly doctor that would notice that my vision in my right eye is 20/20 and the contacts are coming and the CPAP thing is not needed. Not trying to dodge the vision but need to make some money to pay for it. I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Any guidance would be great. Chris

Is this a paid / local school, or company sponsored training?

Welcome to Trucking Truth, also!

~ Anne ~

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Old School's Comment
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Not sure of a way to find a driver friendly doctor that would notice that my vision in my right eye is 20/20 and the contacts are coming

That's sort of an awkward way of putting that. You aren't allowed to "doctor shop" until you find someone to pass you. Trucking is a safety sensitive position. The standards are in place for reasons we might not always agree with, but we abide by them or we take up our toys and go home. To pass the physical you must have 20/40 in both eyes. As long as it is corrected you are good, but you can't expect them to pass you by telling them "the contacts are coming as soon as I can save the dough." The doctor you saw noticed that the right eye was 20/20, but that does not authorize them to pass you. Both eyes must meet that 20/40 standard.

You've had a little set back. You certainly aren't the first. Take care of it and get yourself back in the game. It's one of many things you will overcome on your path to becoming an American Truck Driver. It's all worth the effort.

PackRat's Comment
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Yours is truly a minor medical setback. With a small amount of time things should start moving forward for you.

John B.'s Comment
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I just went through some of this and Kearney talked me off the ledge. I have to take a sleep apnea test and Prime is having me do it with them. I know concentra will push you towards their at home test and charge 250 for it. Talk to the companies first, per my Prime recruiter they will not accept at home test. The reason is some driver have someone else in the house wear it. I don’t have symptoms but if I do have it this will only make me healthier.

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.

Chris V.'s Comment
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The doctor was a chiropractor, that the private trucking school had come in. He would only take cash and when he mentioned the test he started he could do it for 250 cash. Is this normal?

I researched at the state level for CDL guidelines on sleep apnea testing and could find nothing starting that with me talking a test years ago that I would have to take another.

I have already checked with sentra about setting it up. Thank you!!

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.

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.

Chris V.'s Comment
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Sorry, I did not mean to sound that way. The contacts I have already had my fitting appointment and have to get the money to order them. Below is a more accurate statement.

The doctor was a chiropractor, that the private trucking school had come in. He would only take cash and when he mentioned the test he started he could do it for 250 cash. Is this normal?

I researched at the state level for CDL guidelines on sleep apnea testing and could find nothing starting that with me talking a test years ago that I would have to take another.

I have already checked with sentra about setting it up. Thank you!!

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Not sure of a way to find a driver friendly doctor that would notice that my vision in my right eye is 20/20 and the contacts are coming

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That's sort of an awkward way of putting that. You aren't allowed to "doctor shop" until you find someone to pass you. Trucking is a safety sensitive position. The standards are in place for reasons we might not always agree with, but we abide by them or we take up our toys and go home. To pass the physical you must have 20/40 in both eyes. As long as it is corrected you are good, but you can't expect them to pass you by telling them "the contacts are coming as soon as I can save the dough." The doctor you saw noticed that the right eye was 20/20, but that does not authorize them to pass you. Both eyes must meet that 20/40 standard.

You've had a little set back. You certainly aren't the first. Take care of it and get yourself back in the game. It's one of many things you will overcome on your path to becoming an American Truck Driver. It's all worth the effort.

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.

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.

Chris V.'s Comment
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Paid local school. I posted a better ask below.

The doctor was a chiropractor, that the private trucking school had come in. He would only take cash and when he mentioned the test he started he could do it for 250 cash. Is this normal?

I researched at the state level for CDL guidelines on sleep apnea testing and could find nothing starting that with me talking a test years ago that I would have to take another.

I have already checked with sentra about setting it up. Thank you!!

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Hello, I started school and when the doctor came in I was failed because of my vision in my left eye is not 20/40. Also that I had a sleep test 13 years ago and was told, that I did not have to use a machine my level was near the need one stage. Going to cost a in grand for contacts to fix vision, but have to save up. The CPAP thing I question, because he noted that her had a home test kit that he would say me up with for 250.00. Sounds fishy to me. Not sure of a way to find a driver friendly doctor that would notice that my vision in my right eye is 20/20 and the contacts are coming and the CPAP thing is not needed. Not trying to dodge the vision but need to make some money to pay for it. I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Any guidance would be great. Chris

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Is this a paid / local school, or company sponsored training?

Welcome to Trucking Truth, also!

~ Anne ~

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.

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Chris V.'s Comment
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Surry did not mean to come off that way. I have had my fitting for the contacts and will get them. Below is maybe a better way of asking.

The doctor was a chiropractor, that the private trucking school had come in. He would only take cash and when he mentioned the test he started he could do it for 250 cash. Is this normal?

I researched at the state level for CDL guidelines on sleep apnea testing and could find nothing starting that with me talking a test years ago that I would have to take another.

I have already checked with sentra about setting it up. Thank you!!

double-quotes-start.png

Not sure of a way to find a driver friendly doctor that would notice that my vision in my right eye is 20/20 and the contacts are coming

double-quotes-end.png

That's sort of an awkward way of putting that. You aren't allowed to "doctor shop" until you find someone to pass you. Trucking is a safety sensitive position. The standards are in place for reasons we might not always agree with, but we abide by them or we take up our toys and go home. To pass the physical you must have 20/40 in both eyes. As long as it is corrected you are good, but you can't expect them to pass you by telling them "the contacts are coming as soon as I can save the dough." The doctor you saw noticed that the right eye was 20/20, but that does not authorize them to pass you. Both eyes must meet that 20/40 standard.

You've had a little set back. You certainly aren't the first. Take care of it and get yourself back in the game. It's one of many things you will overcome on your path to becoming an American Truck Driver. It's all worth the effort.

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.

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.

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