Question About DoT Medical Cards.

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Dustin F.'s Comment
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Greetings! I was curious about my situation, I just got into the industry and finished training with my mentor, assigned my own truck. I'm waiting on my first load out right now.

Less than two months ago I got my first DOT physical and was issued a 2-year card. Upon entering this company (with an incredible turnover rate) I was given a new dot physical and instructed to take a sleep study because of "small airways" I don't have sleep apnea or the symptoms, the doctor asked me to open my mouth and stick out my tongue and before I had opened my mouth half-way she was already writing my prescription. I believe someone is getting money out of this and its not fair, They issued me a 2-month card -But- did not take my 2-year card away. What would happen if I were to either disregard my 2-month card or see my original dot doctor and get a new physical?

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.

Lawrence H.'s Comment
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Are you sure you didn't have high blood pressure, that's the only thing I've heard of only getting a two month card.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Greetings! I was curious about my situation, I just got into the industry and finished training with my mentor, assigned my own truck. I'm waiting on my first load out right now.

Less than two months ago I got my first DOT physical and was issued a 2-year card. Upon entering this company (with an incredible turnover rate) I was given a new dot physical and instructed to take a sleep study because of "small airways" I don't have sleep apnea or the symptoms, the doctor asked me to open my mouth and stick out my tongue and before I had opened my mouth half-way she was already writing my prescription. I believe someone is getting money out of this and its not fair, They issued me a 2-month card -But- did not take my 2-year card away. What would happen if I were to either disregard my 2-month card or see my original dot doctor and get a new physical?

New Dot physicals supercedes the previous medical card. And since you HAVE to have a copy of your Dot medical card on file at your local DMV office in your home state there is no hiding it.

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.

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.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I don't have sleep apnea or the symptoms, the doctor asked me to open my mouth and stick out my tongue and before I had opened my mouth half-way she was already writing my prescription. I believe someone is getting money out of this and its not fair

Ok something is right here. They don't write prescriptions for sleep apnea as far as I know. You're either leaving out details or something doesn't add up. Did you have high blood pressure?

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.

Big Show's Comment
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First off, I'm a long time reader, short time member and first time poster. Absolutely love the site! Anyways, they actually do prescribe medications to treat the symptoms of sleep apnea. Meds such as Provigil is one that I know of. This only treats the daytime sleepiness that stems from sleep apnea though, not the condition itself. I'm stressing over this myself because I know that I'm going to get hit with a sleep study when i go to Prime in a week. I'm one of those poor unfortunate souls that are built like a linebacker and will score high on that BMI chart. I'm 6' 3" and 325lbs which is over the limit. What I'm stressing over is that I don't have health insurance to cover any treatments they think I need for a condition I don't suffer from.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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