Put OOS By Safety Over Med Card

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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Ok will try n keep this as short as possible so it's no snooze fest haha

In May my DM got me my appt for DOT med card physical at Concentra Clinic they use. Last June at Gardners they sent me to the Chino office, all good 1 year card dunno why, fine.

So in May boss sends me the the San Bernardino clinic branch same outfit as Gardners. Prelim exam all going ok then the asst goes to measure my neck lol I stop her right there. Told her yep I got an 18 inch neck and have since I was 15 or so (buffed up smoking weed/beer) plus weight lifting etc. Ok no mention of CPAP stuff. Does usual urine test strip which leads them to prick my finger to test my blood sugar, which was 307 at the time.

Now just to mention, I amstrong as an ox and never get sick. Last bug I got bro brought home from his job as a casino he works at in Laughlin. This thing kicked my butt 3 days, I was in bed, (had full cast on leg too) so my imunnity was prolly weak from that. I prolly put on 40+ lbs living on quick foods, white bread sammiches 4+ a day, frozen burritos etc as I couldnt stand to cook. Eat be bored take snooze, not good so gained weight from norm of usually 215-220 to a 265-267 YIKES!

So now the female DR comes in to exam room talks to me a bit started to input info into her computer, then suddenly stops. Tells me it threw red flag for my blood sugar, if she tried to go on I would lose my CDL. So she sends me home, says come back tomorrow and retest?? She failed to gimme a clue what I needed to do etc. Says no appt just come in hmmmm. While in exam room she see's my left lower eyelid with a small white bally thing n says "Og you have a sty?? i'm like NO thats a clogged tear duct it dont bother me I have yet to pop the sucker. She dont know the difference??? WOW and she is a DR huh lol.

Ok now I am lost what I need to do , so I think ok I'll go buy a tester at wal mart first n see, why go back to fail and be SOL on my CDL? She never gave me any paperwork or nothing, just come back tomorrow. So, now I'm thinking this place is screwey, so I tell DM I will get 2nd opinion etc. Go to where had very 1st DOT done for 1st school near my house. Now this DR does the EXACT same urine strip test, same strips same bottle, yet does NOT get led to check blood sugars n gives me a 1 year card. Ok cool I saved my license for another year, and will be retired way before it expires, all is good.

Next day I go to the CMV DMV in Fontana. Just as the clerks entering my info DMVs WHOLE system crashes !!! I sit for an hour, then go in ask "Can't you just copy these pages so I can go and finish entering em once your computers are back online? Yes no problem we can do that. So 10 days later boss calls, and says DMV hasnt put my medical in the system? I'm in Texas etc. Make dmv calls somehow, some way MY paperwork gets lost! everyone elses that day is put in.....Resend em photos of med card so they can fix this crap.

Fast forward to last week, we are headed to NC for fed ex load when boss calls n says safety admin, says I cannot drive!! She said I broke FMSCA rules by "DR Shopping" ! Like hell woman you better read up on the laws !! Only if you go to 3-4-5+ DR's it's considered DR shopping.....And drivers ARE allowed to seek a 2nd opinion per the LAWS !! Anyways' that did no good, they're idiots I guess. So I was Uber'd to hotel in Knoxville TN, they cant find a rental car. I did, got uber'd to airport Budget don't accept Debit cards, now am stuck .3 hours to get Uber ride back, to another night in same hotel,same room lol.

3 days of this, so I ask the night DM, why can't I just ride back with co driver in the truck, not driving? Same as I did last year with my co who crashed, he rode with me home, and was OOS for a week w/ me. DM agrees, gunna re-route my co back to Knoxville from NC, ok cool. Well, when I call for DM on duty (different guy) he has no info where I am, says give him hotel address, and co's ETA reaching the TA later he will send Uber.

Well, my luck, I call back n get a different dude who came on duty and clueless to weekends events geeeez. He goes to ask says will call me back. Whoever he asked, said NO, I cannot ride along. Now 3rd night in same hotel same room wait til Monday when my Head DMs on duty.

So talking to the boss he says Yes ! good idea, have my co driver drop trailer at TA he is at 8 miles away, n BT for me. So he does this and we rolling, Supposed to been on Vacation July 4th-11th, so now am on it earlier, a week to get home on 2 loads I cant drive lol. Got rooms reserved in Laughlin for buddies 63rd bday. Co drivers running on recaps, so will barely get home Sunday the 4th..... In all this mess, before I started eating better no junk foods n sweets dropped sugar out of my coffee. Eating watermelon chunks from loves etc lost 20 lbs when weighed in at both DOT clinics, shocked me down to 249 so sticking to "diet"

My thinking and now being totally pizzed off with how things were handled, I CAN always go elsewhere with my 22 months exp no issues hitting stuff etc. And with our new raises this is gunna be costing me anywhere from $1100-$1400 wkly take home pay! grrrrr Ruining my stackin the $100s for goal taking with me to asia of $20k 1 month I'd a been there! dang nabbit

Haven't decided what I will do, if anything. Don't think it's cool start with a new job to only up and quit in a month or so. Couldn't get to see a dr on this to get a path to take on our last hometime.

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

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.

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Oh and my DM told me the safety admin lady said I failed to disclose to 2nd DR why I was given a 3 month card (no papers ever given to me period) Well, not verbally, because he never asked me anything, and YES I filled out health history questions honestly duhhhh.

2nd note is my co-driver already said, when I leave, he will too,( yeah we almost like brothers now) so they will lose 2 guys that can do 650-700 drive shifts (my best was 720 miles no stoppin'!). He will take a solo gig...

Anyways ran outta room 1st post, like OMG ! really? 5000 letters? hahaha

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.
PackRat's Comment
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All I can recommend is that you drastically change your diet immediately. Blood sugar numbers and your weight being that high are a path to an early grave.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I've always been told not to eat or drink anything but water the morning of the physical to keep the blood sugar low.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Yes Pack Rat I been eating healthier lost 20 pounds with out really trying. Just cut out all the breads, sugars,sweets etc eating fruits eggs subway sammiches lots of garlic at home, raw spinach instead of lettuce.... My Ideal weight range for my large frame is 210-220 MAX not 265+ lol now down to 249 and still eating as healthy as possible out here. I'm a 6 foot big boned guy, have been, since I buffed out in high school. Not the 6 ft 125 lbs scrawny kid with size 12 feet hahaha Used to vertical leg press 1000 lbs When I dated a gf after my divorce back in 1988, was going to the gym 6 nights a week, 4 hrs a night I got down to 185 pounds, and looked anorexic.....So anyways working on getting back to 215lbs or so

Funny, how both DOT examiners came up with different things......But yes my sugars need to get lower, testing it without eating (lower 200's) and after eating (higher, 300's) The doctors both used the exact same test strips because I watched lol There's some "K" chemical word in urine I forget what its called to show sugar levels. 1st Doc said high, it was, 2nd didn't say diddly bout sugars by urine test.

I didn't do anything different in the 3 or 4 day gap between em. Struck me odd, like I said, they both had the exact same test strips out of the exact same brand bottles? hmmm

Anyways, after my 3 days in Laughlin and back home will go to a medical office near me and get them to set me on the path to lower my BS....IF it's gunna take a month or more, I'll say screw it and retire earlier than December.....Tons of local work near me in So Cal..... Took safety dept a month to throw this out there? It is what it is lol

Time to sleep,

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.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Even 200 is high. Definitely watch the sugar and carbs intake. I have a brother who is type 1 diabetic. You do not want to go down that route. Normal range is 70 to 120. You may want to have a conversation with your doctor about it for real.

Heat, physical activity and obviously diet can definitely effect your blood sugar. Not preaching but just hope you stay safe and healthy

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Yes Pack Rat I been eating healthier lost 20 pounds with out really trying. Just cut out all the breads, sugars,sweets etc eating fruits eggs subway sammiches lots of garlic at home, raw spinach instead of lettuce.... My Ideal weight range for my large frame is 210-220 MAX not 265+ lol now down to 249 and still eating as healthy as possible out here. I'm a 6 foot big boned guy, have been, since I buffed out in high school. Not the 6 ft 125 lbs scrawny kid with size 12 feet hahaha Used to vertical leg press 1000 lbs When I dated a gf after my divorce back in 1988, was going to the gym 6 nights a week, 4 hrs a night I got down to 185 pounds, and looked anorexic.....So anyways working on getting back to 215lbs or so

Funny, how both DOT examiners came up with different things......But yes my sugars need to get lower, testing it without eating (lower 200's) and after eating (higher, 300's) The doctors both used the exact same test strips because I watched lol There's some "K" chemical word in urine I forget what its called to show sugar levels. 1st Doc said high, it was, 2nd didn't say diddly bout sugars by urine test.

I didn't do anything different in the 3 or 4 day gap between em. Struck me odd, like I said, they both had the exact same test strips out of the exact same brand bottles? hmmm

Anyways, after my 3 days in Laughlin and back home will go to a medical office near me and get them to set me on the path to lower my BS....IF it's gunna take a month or more, I'll say screw it and retire earlier than December.....Tons of local work near me in So Cal..... Took safety dept a month to throw this out there? It is what it is lol

Time to sleep,

Any resolve to this yet, Stevo?

(Now, it's my turn to sleep, haha!)

Hope so . . . on the above ~

~ anne ~

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.

Auggie69's Comment
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Yes Pack Rat I been eating healthier lost 20 pounds with out really trying. Just cut out all the breads, sugars,sweets etc eating fruits eggs subway sammiches lots of garlic at home, raw spinach instead of lettuce.... My Ideal weight range for my large frame is 210-220 MAX not 265+ lol now down to 249 and still eating as healthy as possible out here. I'm a 6 foot big boned guy, have been, since I buffed out in high school. Not the 6 ft 125 lbs scrawny kid with size 12 feet hahaha Used to vertical leg press 1000 lbs When I dated a gf after my divorce back in 1988, was going to the gym 6 nights a week, 4 hrs a night I got down to 185 pounds, and looked anorexic.....So anyways working on getting back to 215lbs or so

Funny, how both DOT examiners came up with different things......But yes my sugars need to get lower, testing it without eating (lower 200's) and after eating (higher, 300's) The doctors both used the exact same test strips because I watched lol There's some "K" chemical word in urine I forget what its called to show sugar levels. 1st Doc said high, it was, 2nd didn't say diddly bout sugars by urine test.

I didn't do anything different in the 3 or 4 day gap between em. Struck me odd, like I said, they both had the exact same test strips out of the exact same brand bottles? hmmm

Anyways, after my 3 days in Laughlin and back home will go to a medical office near me and get them to set me on the path to lower my BS....IF it's gunna take a month or more, I'll say screw it and retire earlier than December.....Tons of local work near me in So Cal..... Took safety dept a month to throw this out there? It is what it is lol

Time to sleep,

200 300 will sink you. Lose the weight and go Keto to reduce blood sugar

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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