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Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Ok folks, I have put this off for as long as I can letting everyone here know what is going on.

Recently I had my yearly checkup with my Urologist, and it turns out after all the exams, tests, scans, etc that I have Prostate cancer.

So now I am in the process to get my surgery/treatments lined up and deal with this little medical setback.

Not sure at this point when this will all be done, just in the beginning stages of getting it all started.

So I am sure that in the near future I will have to be off the road to recover from all the surgery/treatments going forward.

But I am not going to let this keep off the road for any longer than need be.

Will keep this updated as time goes by to let everyone know what is happening.

Ernie

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Sorry to hear that Ernie. You sound like you're handling it well, good for you. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I know that's almost cliche, but I certainly will. Praying for a speedy recovery for you.

Brian M.'s Comment
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Very sorry to hear this Ernie. Hopefully you'll have a speedy recovery. Sending you as many healing vibes as I can muster. Brian

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Get after it Ernie! Take it head on like any other challenges you've face. You know we'd all love to hear updates from you anytime you'd be willing because we'll be thinkin about ya. You can be sure of that.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Prayers your way.

Hope they caught it EARLY. The recovery rate goes way up when they do.

I had a Stage II Melanoma about 8 years ago. Cut it out - no chemo or radiation - they said they got it all.

Dermatologist told me, had I waited another 6 months - I would have a 2 year life expectancy.

Scary part is that cancer tends to be systemic. My belief is - once you have it - that's whats going to take you out (eventually).

Best wishes for a speedy recovery...

Rick

Jopa's Comment
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Ok folks, I have put this off for as long as I can letting everyone here know what is going on.

Recently I had my yearly checkup with my Urologist, and it turns out after all the exams, tests, scans, etc that I have Prostate cancer.

So now I am in the process to get my surgery/treatments lined up and deal with this little medical setback.

Not sure at this point when this will all be done, just in the beginning stages of getting it all started.

So I am sure that in the near future I will have to be off the road to recover from all the surgery/treatments going forward.

But I am not going to let this keep off the road for any longer than need be.

Will keep this updated as time goes by to let everyone know what is happening.

Ernie

Hey Ernie, God Speed and hope the best for you . . . be prepared to be told you can't drive for a while . . . I recently had a stress test and lab work done because I was getting pains in my arms & chest when I did anything strenuous ... my GP sent me to the hospital in Reno because my kidneys were failing and it looked like blocked arterie(s) ... I ended up getting one stint in an artery and discovered 3 kidney stones on the left side ... was in the hospital for a week and then I called my dispatch to tell him to get me a load ... well, he says, "Send the info from the hospital and the doctor's release to go back to work ..." which I did, fully expecting to be re-instated immediately ... got a call the next day from the medical clinic at the terminal in Springfield, MO (Prime, Inc) saying, "Sorry, DOT regs say you have to stay home for 90 days before you can come back..." They sent a guy out from Salt Lake City to pick up my truck the next day and I have about 75 days to go before they will let me drive again ... bottom line, find out ASAP what kind of repercussions your fight against the dreaded "C" will have on your ability to drive ... my Docs all said, "No problem, get back to work!" but the Feds think they know better ... unemployed for 90 days and no worker's comp cause I wasn't "injured" and I'm a Lease Op anyway ... you might say it was quite the rude awakening ... wtf.gif

Jopa

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Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Amy P.'s Comment
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Hang in there, Ernie! My Dad had it and they caught it early enough that he kicked its ass permanently. Keep your priorities straight, do as the docs say, and be patient with the recovery. You'll be back on the road the exact day your were meant to be.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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As a 5 year cancer survivor Ernie I well remembered the day I was told I had cancer. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You will be driving again before you know it!good-luck.gif

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Thanks everyone for all the advise & kind words.

I know that it will all work out as it is meant to. Good thing I signed up for the short term disability insurance when I came to work at JB Hunt.

So it seems that not only did I change last year because of changes at home, but it appears this may have been a factor unknown to me at the time I did all this.

Things work out in the most mysterious ways sometimes.

Ernie

Old School's Comment
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Best of luck to ya Ernie. Face it head on and do what you need to do to take care of it. Keep us posted if you can. Godspeed to you and hope to see you back out here on the road very soon!

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