The Human Gestation Period Of Mr. Curmudgeon

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Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Ya - I know that is a really weird subject line. Lemme explain: May 10, 2020 was my last day in the truck Significant stenosis in several vertebrae and disc desiccation caused by genetics and age, likely exacerbated by the constant "Home Depot Five Gallon Pail Shaker" of the driver's seat conspired to sideline me. Ended up with a fusion of C3-C4-C5-C6 in mid-June, a cervical rediculopathy (the irony of ridiculouspathy isn't lost on me, believe you me). Mid September, all was progressing as expected, with an anticipation of a December return to work. Being that guy means that the odds are NEVER in your favor. I went into the spinal surgeon in December, and discover that two of the screws into C3 had snapped mid-shaft, and the heads had regressed slightly. Another two months of waiting and monitoring determined (finally, today) that stability had been achieved, with significant bone fusion taking place around the inserts, screw heads stationary, and the cage on the front properly stable as well.

Today, Feb 15, 2021, I filled out my employment application to return to my outfit. They termed me when I ran out of FMLA, since this was not a worker's comp incident. They have a 90 day reinstatement policy, and I'm landing under that umbrella, which pleases me.

I am going back to G&D as a new person, new hardware, new attitude and new duties, as befits the nine-month period of my absence. I'm looking forward to a new start, they've already told me that I'll be landing back in the Midwest Regional I/M fleet, OTR on a five day schedule. I had hoped for my previous four day, but they've changed staff, changed processes, and changed the available options (they don't want a single outlier). I am ok with that - just glad to be going back to work.

I filled out my application online today, and have already heard from the recruitment folks. I anticipate going for my DOT med this week, with orientation next week, and an actual "sit down in the seat and back that rig up" moment sometime next week. It's been a long trail, but one that I've been blessed to survive.

Good news for a change!


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


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.


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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Congratulations on getting back to work in good shape!


Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Congratulations on getting back to work in good shape!


Heck yeah; DITTO ~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hopefully when the rubber hits the road, the snow will be done, as well~!!!

~ Anne ~

PackRat's Comment
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It will be a good feeling when you pull onto the road again after being sidelined for so long. After the first week, it will be as if you never left. The roads are still bad, and the drivers worse. Most freight is actually busier for now.

Welcome back (soon)!

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