Medical Issue During 1st Wk Of School!

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Mike V.'s Comment
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Ok, sitting in class, 1st day. Secretary comes in and lays down an appointment sheet for me to go and do the d o t physical on wedsnesday of the first week of class. No problem. NOT!!! I know I am border line diabetic and am on metformin at this time for it. Also am bi-polar and i am on 3 different meds for it. Needless to say, no physical! High blood sugar and an unapproved by d o t bi polar med. Found this out in middle of the week of first week of class. D O T Dr. sent me out with two letters requesting lab results and medical reason for the bi polar meds. Presently waiting for my dr to get back to me. Class was $4250.00 oh by the way. Did my school somehow "not" ask me the right questions when I signed up and handed them a check? Surely they knew some meds are on the D O T %$%t list??? Any how, hopefully my regular dr will clear me and I can finish the physical. Is there anything else I can do? I am still showing up for classes in the hopes of being cleared.

thanks

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mike V.'s Comment
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Nobody? could use a lil advice here.

Renae S. (Angel)'s Comment
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Wow! I'm so sorry that happened to you.

My recruiter sent me to a DOT physical before they even enrolled me in class. That and my instruction permit before I got my enrollment paperwork. Enrollment paperwork before I got a bus ticket. My very first phone call included asking me about medications. I had taken pain meds about 2 months previously, which I explained to her. She told me she'd have their doctor call me. I was still on the house phone with her when he called.

Did I just get a good recruiter who was paying attention?

I hope that your doctor can clear everything for you or get you on a medication that DOT will approve. Good luck!

Renae (Angel)

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.

Mike V.'s Comment
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Thanks, thats the plan, to have my regular MD clear me on the meds. Or maybeswitch me to something else, though Ive never felt better than the meds im on now.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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FYI, and I know this has been mentioned in the past, you can always go to the DOT website and check to see if what you have been prescribed is on the list of prohibited drugs.

Just too bad none of us here had seen this (if so, I did not catch it) question asked recently. Could have possibly saved you a possible issue before going to school and paying all that money for the school. Hopefully this all gets cleared up without having to go back home and wait.

Sorry to sound so negative, but we sure could have saved you some time/headaches had we known.

I try and check this forum several times a day here of late because I am home dealing with some medical issues of my own. Will try and be more observant in the future.

Ernie

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Mike V.'s Comment
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Well Ernie , I guess I should have done a lil more homework before I signed up for classes. Hopefully my Dr will clear me and fax the D O T doctor a letter saying im good to go. Even if its a one yr at a time card, Ive already paid and hope to be able to continue.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Well Ernie , I guess I should have done a lil more homework before I signed up for classes. Hopefully my Dr will clear me and fax the D O T doctor a letter saying im good to go. Even if its a one yr at a time card, Ive already paid and hope to be able to continue.

Because I am on blood pressure meds, I can only get a 1 year DOT physical card. So not to worry, if it is meant to be it will be.

Ernie

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.

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