Type 1 Diabetic and the Diabetes exemption Program For CDL Class A Drivers license For Interstate Compact Driving

By 0215Daryl Latest Reply 2014-01-06 07:09:38 -0600
Started 2014-01-04 06:39:59 -0600

I Have just learned through a link on The American Diabetes Web Page that a Type 1 diabetic using insulin can now drive a big rig truck cross country. There is strict guide lines we must follow including strict forms that an endocrinologist & ophthalmologist must fill out. I am a Juvenile Type 1 diabetic of 30+ years. My Hemoglobin today is 6.5 and this morning my sugar was 108. For the most part I have decent control but Dr. years back used the term "Brittle Diabetic" with me and I would agree. My pancreas secreting no insulin at all causing blood sugar fluctuation quite often. I would like to ask peoples opinion on the CDL Exemption Program because as it is I am unemployed and the construction field is becoming a bit challenging for me as I get up there in age. I'm finding my sugars fluctuating and having to eat way to many candy bars during a normal work day when I'm moving constantly. So back to my question: Does any one know of or has herd of this Diabetic Exemption Program and is there any Type 1's out there who actually have gone through this and hold a Class A CDL. If so could you please give me your experience as you went through the process. At this point I'm looking into getting my records from different Dr.'s (5 years back as the exemption application calls for) so my endocrinologist can review and comment on the forms. I want to get the ball rolling because as we know the bills don't. (stop rolling). :-)

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jayabee52 2014-01-05 01:34:27 -0600 Report

No, Daryl, this is the first I have heard of something like this.

But if my ex who has had a 5 way bypass heart operation (10 yrs ago) can earn her CDL and make a living as an OTR driver team driving with her new husband, I think that you can

Praying God's best for you and yours

James Baker

0215Daryl 2014-01-05 08:47:12 -0600 Report

Thank You James…My wife Mashel does Telecommunications and we have discussed us becoming a cross country driving team if it works out for me and her possibly changing curries, as I read your response it gave her not only hope but encouragement as well. Thank you for that. I will keep all informed on the outcome. Prayers back your way and Gods blessings always.

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