Starting School/career Without CPAP Report?

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Eric F.'s Comment
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First of all, I'm a new member, but have been reading the blogs and forums here for a couple months now. This is a great site and great resource!

I'm unemployed after 34 years in the printing business due to the company closing due to residual effects of the pandemic slowdowns, so now I'm pursuing a career in trucking, which is something I've thought about from time to time, but never did because of the time commitment and not wanting to be away from the family.

I started working with Swift, because they have an academy here in Albuquerque, which was beneficial because I didn't have to pack (yet) and I could do some gig work in the evenings to pay a bill or two while I was going to school. The only thing that I was worried about was my CPAP and the compliance report that was on the list.

I have been on CPAP for 12 years, and wouldn't dare sleep without it, because I know the wonders it has done for my quality of life. However, I have an older machine, a REMstar Pro Series M, which stores the data on a smart card. I have since discovered that it is extremely difficult, if not nearly impossible, to find someone to read the card nowadays.

Anyway, I told Swift that I had the machine and I would work on finding a way to show compliance. In the meantime, they allowed me to move forward with my training. I went to the DOT medical exam, carrying my machine along, and explained my whole CPAP issue. I completed the exam, and apparently everything else went well enough, because the doctor gave me a 1-year Med card.

I started school the following Monday, all classroom work to earn my CDL Learner's Permit. I passed the exam at the end of the week, and now I have my permit in hand. Also on Friday, I was asked again for the 90-day, which I couldn't provide, but I did send pictures of my machine, and of all the displays on my machine, showing that I was using it.

I started school the second week. The first day was all studying the truck and working on pre-trip inspection - properly mounted and secured, no abrasions, bulges or cuts, the whole routine. I started the second day, but then was pulled out of class because Swift decided that the pictures weren't enough to offset the lack of 90-day compliance report, and I was disenrolled from school. I don't blame Swift, because I know they have their policies to follow, and I wasn't able to comply, but it hit hard to think that I was on my way and then get stopped cold.

Now that you have all the background, here is my question. Given my circumstances, with my permit and my Med card but without a 90-day, will it be possible for me to get into another training school, company or otherwise, to earn my CDL? Or will I have to wait until I have a new CPAP and get through the 90 days to have that report? I really don't want to wait if I don't have to, because not only was I excited to get into school and started on my trucking career, but I would have to find another way to earn a living in the meantime.

Any help or suggestions you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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I have used Sleepyhead to print reports that satisfy DOT doctors. But S-H's author abandoned support several years ago. AFAIK, the program will still work. Here's a link you can follow to get your own reports from your machine:

Alternatives to Sleepyhead

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.

Eric F.'s Comment
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Thank you for your reply. I have OSCAR - Sleepyhead's "successor" - on my computer, hoping I could get it to work. However, a standard smart card reader won't read the one on my CPAP , and if it could, OSCAR doesn't support my machine. Apparently, only the Encore Pro software from Respironics will work. And as it turns out, even the sleep clinic that prescribed my machine in the first place isn't set up to read these things anymore, which of course, they wouldn't tell me until after I've paid for an appointment. Grrrr...

I'm supposed to be getting a prescription for a new machine, but in the meantime, is there any company that will train and hire me without my being able to produce that report? Or am I stuck having to wait it out until I get 90 days on my new machine?

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.

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