Scared About A DOT Physical

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Christopher L.'s Comment
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I have found out that if I get my CDL , I definitely have a job in Columbus where I will be home daily, but my biggest concerns are passing the DOT Physical (I have COPD and have sleep apnea , type 2 diabetic), wow just writing that makes me feel like a Trainwreck... Anywho how worried should I be to be honest?

Also I'm still torn into going to company sponsored training(because of the investment a company makes in you to succeed), and just a local training facility

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.

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.

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.

Banks's Comment
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I've taken a bunch of them and the things I know for sure are that there's a questionnaire and nobody does it the same. They all look at everything and evaluate it differently. You want to be completely honest and let the chips fall where they may.

Sleep apnea is no biggie. Take your reports with you. Diabetes is a toss up, just make sure your levels are good that day and take an accurate list of your medications. COPD, I'm not familiar with so I can't comment on that.

You may want to consider some lifestyle changes, though. It just takes the opinion of one doctor to put your career on hold.

I'd say go company sponsored training. All the reasons are listed throughout this website and I'm sure you've read them all already.

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.

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.

Christopher L.'s Comment
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I've taken a bunch of them and the things I know for sure are that there's a questionnaire and nobody does it the same. They all look at everything and evaluate it differently. You want to be completely honest and let the chips fall where they may.

Sleep apnea is no biggie. Take your reports with you. Diabetes is a toss up, just make sure your levels are good that day and take an accurate list of your medications. COPD, I'm not familiar with so I can't comment on that.

You may want to consider some lifestyle changes, though. It just takes the opinion of one doctor to put your career on hold.

I'd say go company sponsored training. All the reasons are listed throughout this website and I'm sure you've read them all already.

COPD is a disease that is common from long time smokers. I smoked for a long time, but it came up when I started working around chemicals at my current hospital job. All my levels are good as far as diabetes and my COPD is treated with a steroid inhaler when needed.

I have been trying to get the weight off but as most know the older to get the harder it is. Lol. I am not old by any means I will turn 40 this year. My metabolism has seemed to stop, and doing cardio is out since my breathing is compromised

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Sleep apnea will not be a problem. I have it and my career has not been negatively impacted other than needing a physical yearly rather than every 2 years. As long as you use your CPAP a minimum of 4 hours per day/night for 21 of 30 (70%) consecutive days you're compliant. You will need to provide proof at your physical. I use a resmed machine and am able to use an app, or I can contact my doctors office to print out the usage report.

There are alot of drivers with diabetes. I believe they're required to bring an A1C to their physical that shows their condition is under control. I am unsure of any medicines that are used to treat diabetes that are approved or banned.

I don't recall any drivers here having had COPD. During a quick Google search I found another forum with a post over 10 years ago that said as long as your oxygen % is no lower than 85 without a oxygen mask you're ok. Of course the doctor you see may feel differently, but a note from your primary doctor stating they feel you're safe to operate a CMV may help. Please let us know what you find out

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

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.

James H.'s Comment
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If you do the local private CDL school route, be sure to find out where they place their graduates. Since it seems you have a specific job in mind, ask what schools they accept. And check with a few other employers so you have options. I did private school, and one of the companies I contacted told me their safety department doesn't have that school on their list of approved facilities. I ended up getting hired for a local job I'm very happy with so it turned out fine for me. But a few phone calls now will ensure your training gets you where you want to be.

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.
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