Got My DOT Physical Yesterday

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Colleen W.'s Comment
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Got my DOT physical yesterday. For those who may be concerned about it this is what they checked on me. Because I have had knee replacement surgery I had to show the doctor that I can bend over, squat, walk on my tippy toes and my heels. My eye sight was good, my blood pressure is just under the threshold (good enough to pass the physical, but not good enough for optimal health). I did tell the doctor I had been diagnosed with diabetes but have been able to control it with diet. Now I need a recent glucose test. I'm not going to sugar coated it, I'm 57 and fat so I need to be tested for sleep apnea. The doctor gave me a medical card but it's only good for 3 months. Once I get these tests done then I'll be okay, but the 3 month card gets me through school. Am I happy with this of course not but it's not a deal breaker and I figure it's the price for being able to live another 20-30 years.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I am glad you have this type of attitude towards the extra testing. In the end it will be good for you even if it is a pain in the butt right now.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, everyone has obstacles to overcome when getting their trucking career underway. It can be health, learning to shift, family matters, dealing with former employers, and a million other things. So just continue to take it all in stride and put your jumping shoes on because there are a lot of hoops to jump through. Oh, and bring your best "signing hand" because you're going to sign your name on more documents than you did when getting a mortgage!

In the end, determination and perseverance will play the biggest role in getting your trucking career underway. If you'll just keep working at it day in and day out you'll get there.


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