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King66's Comment
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ok, so I get a 90 day Dot card and I am concerned that it will keep me from getting hired because I will always have to get this card renewed every 90 days because 0f the c-pap machine. Any advise.

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.

Starcar's Comment
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Were you recently diagnosed with sleep apnea ?? That would be the only reason you got a 90 day card. If the machine is doing what its supposed to do for you, then theres really no reason why you can' have a 2 year card. If this is a trucking company doctor, theres not much you can do, other than change companies. If its a private doctor, go to another one, explain your concern, and the fact that the cpap machine is doing its job. That should get you atleast a year card, but probably a 2 year card. Good Luck !!

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.

Mousemaker's Comment
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If this is a trucking company doctor, theres not much you can do, other than change companies.

If a clinic doctor that the company sent me to gives me a 90 day card, can I go back to my private doctor and get a 2 year card? or do I have to go back to the same clinic to clear up the diagnosis that they gave me?

The situation is, (as seen in other thread) I had a 2 year card from my regular doctor, then company paid for physical at a clinic that measured my blood pressure as being too high. So now I have a 90 day card. So do I have to go back to the clinic to show I've brought my BP down, or can I do it at my own doctor again?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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If a clinic doctor that the company sent me to gives me a 90 day card, can I go back to my private doctor and get a 2 year card?

That's an interesting question. I wish I could give an authoritative answer, but I haven't come across this scenario yet. It seems that you should indeed be able to do that. If you were switching jobs you would have to have a new physical. But since you're staying with the same company I don't see any reason why getting a two year card now would be a problem.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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This is a simple one to answer. Get your BP down and you will be given a 1 or 2 year card no problem. The chance are if your company told you to go to that doctor its a good bet you will need to return to him. But no matter what ask your company as they have the final word on where you can go or not go.

Andrew W.'s Comment
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ok, so I get a 90 day Dot card and I am concerned that it will keep me from getting hired because I will always have to get this card renewed every 90 days because 0f the c-pap machine. Any advise.

I just got a 90 day card just to get tested, something about my body mass. Now, im have trouble getting a job. Everyone is saying i have to get the test done before i can be hired. This really sucks

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.

PackRat's Comment
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If it’s about your body mass what this is telling you is that you need to lose weight.

Rick S.'s Comment
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ok, so I get a 90 day Dot card and I am concerned that it will keep me from getting hired because I will always have to get this card renewed every 90 days because 0f the c-pap machine. Any advise.

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I just got a 90 day card just to get tested, something about my body mass. Now, im have trouble getting a job. Everyone is saying i have to get the test done before i can be hired. This really sucks

Body Mass (BMI) is what is one of the indicators companies use to determine whether to test for sleep apnea.

They will issue a 90 day card (which is only supposed to be issued once), in order to get treated for whatever issue was considered a "failure" in the first place (blood pressure, sleep apnea , etc.). If the issue is unresolved - then they are not supposed to issue another card, until it is.

So if you have a BMI issue, you are likely obese. Go get the sleep study done, get a compliant CPAP machine, and use it as instructed for a minimum of 30 days - then re-test. All other things considered, you should then get a 1 year card.

Typically - the big companies (like Prime), will send you for the sleep study and get you a CPAP (which they will advance the $$ for) then send you out to train.

Rick

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

Donna M.'s Comment
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Prime issued me a 90 day. I had to take a sleep study not due to BMI but because I had a previous study done. I did the study and did not have sleep apnea therefore prime paid for the study. I was issued a one year card. It was explained to me that due to taking high blood pressure medication I would need to renew each year.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Jrod's Comment
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Yes, 1 Year and 2 year cards are pretty common. 90-day cards are usually given to force a follow-up to a pressing health issue, such as Sleep apnea compliance, high BP, High A1C, etc... once those issues are addressed and treatments are taking effect, 1 and 2 year DOT cards are usually issued again.

If you don't want a 90 day card again, stick with the program/regiment that the Dr gave you. There is no magic bullet.

Take care of yourself. Not only for YOU, but so you don't "take out" someone else! You don't have to dig deep to find stories of drivers who have had a medical "attack" (heart/stroke/fainting) that leads to a terrible accident. Nor do you have to look far to find accidents caused by drivers (both CDL holders and 4-Wheelers) who had "un-diagnosed sleep apnea".

I think there was a study in 2014 or 2015 where they found that 70% of all fatal accidents involving Class A truck drivers involved someone with Sleep Apnea. Geez, even now that sounds crazy high - I will try to find that again. I think it was in "Transport Topics", some periodical that our office gets...

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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