cdl dot physical

By idontlicklint Latest Reply 2014-03-09 15:09:57 -0500
Started 2014-03-08 12:45:16 -0600

I'm about to train for my CDL but am finding issues with the diabetes that I could use some help / counsel with ( mainly with passing the physicals on short notice ) does anyone know of a good forum or does anyone have good practical experience with this.

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diabeticdummy 2014-03-08 15:33:24 -0600 Report

North texas are you trying to get into a program with a truck company or a school program if a school don't get with a company that has straining program they will help you get cdl and they pay you not you paying them

diabeticdummy 2014-03-08 15:29:11 -0600 Report

I know there are other ex and currant truckers on this forum I've takes to in past hopefully the will see your posts and give some advise too

diabeticdummy 2014-03-08 15:27:22 -0600 Report

Yes waivers can be obtained but long very hard process to go they and I just gave up two million safe miles and two decade on road being home I see how much I missed out in in life so I quit perusing it am happy now miss the road sometimes but have found other things to work on and now make my own schedule I'm trying to getting into accident investigation for truck companies and insurance companies going good so far

diabeticdummy 2014-03-08 15:23:08 -0600 Report

There is no quick way to get numbers down I've tried everything I was told about and could think of water helps the best low carbs but takes days to get high down minutes to go up its weird but like money hard to get easy to spend

diabeticdummy 2014-03-08 15:20:38 -0600 Report

Well a dot physical is just a regular physical basically if you giro dmv they will give you the long form your doctor has to fill out that will tell you what they are looking for as long as you have your dot physical cardost companies don't require a second physical all most all training centers will sign you up if you have dot med cert in hand your doctor can fill out paperwork for med cert physicals usually took about 15 min mostly bp check vision and hearing not much to it if you can control it on pill and diet that's good just remember driving is a sitting very low movement job that's why most of us old timers are failing dot regs are bodies have been stationary for long periods sitting sleeping twenty hours a day intermittent activity and very poor choices on food when in a 70 foot truck although over the last ten years has been getting better but still a very hard life no matter what recruiter tells you will be weeks on road with short home time unless you are local driver good luck with it

idontlicklint 2014-03-08 14:24:15 -0600 Report

Thanks James, I do appreciate it and will look . In the meantime, getting past the physicals on short notice is pressing. If you ( or anyone else ) can give me some help with that too, that would be great

diabeticdummy 2014-03-08 14:23:11 -0600 Report

I was a long haul driver for 18 yrs two years ago diagnosed type 2 due to need of insulin I am no longer qualified to pass dot physical and due to there stick guidelines in the issue I no longer drive have fought to get it reinstated for six month periods to no avail doctors won't sign off on it due to legalities and liability and being against dot rules trying to find one of my dot reg books to give you section but you could probably find it online in the reg book

idontlicklint 2014-03-08 15:10:43 -0600 Report

Another problem I have though is that currently I can't afford the physical, if I do get one I can't risk flunking it( this is why I need to know how to prepare ) the companies that are willing to train me will pay the physical but if I fail they will shop me right home on my dollar ( I don't want to waste anyone's time or money ) I have no way of knowing if they will
Use an a1c or finger prick, A1C fail, ( short notice ) finger prick I just need to be below 200 ( at the time ) I have no interest in being a risk on the road, I will be able to manage it if I'm on the oral meds , and possibly by diet alone, I ce off oral meds and chose insulin mainly because oral meds can be harder on your system, and insulting made it easier for me to cheer on my diet

idontlicklint 2014-03-08 15:03:13 -0600 Report

Thanks dummy, I think I have a handle on the regs, and I believe I can manage it. My problem is time. I need to get into a training program ASAP, need to get numbers down fast and get a good understanding of what's going to happen in the physical so I can prepare. I'm pretty sure I can manage it good enough to get past a year, get another position and then try for a waiver ( if necessary ) I can not use the insuline while training ( and again, don't think I really need it, using it allowed me to cheat ) / I need to somehow prove that even though I've used it in the past, I am not currently using it . If you know anyone I can glean from that would be great. There is a waiver you can get if you've been using insulin successfully , but slit if companies won't allow you to use it so you can get the waiver . This is why I need to get numbers down with oral mads only ( or just diet ) they will let you drive if you can manage it with oral meds and or diet . I was told if I can get it down and get a one year card , they would approve my training. THATS ALL I NEED !!

idontlicklint 2014-03-08 13:34:10 -0600 Report

I have type two diabetes, I haven't been managing it well at all for months and my sugars have been through the roof ( a number of reasons for this, relocation, remarriage, failing business, no work or income, no health insurance ) If I took an A1 C today it would probably be around 12 or higher. I have to cram to get my numbers down low enough for a dot physical quickly. I'm hoping to get into a driving position on very short notice ( I really need this opportunity ) I'm trying to figure out the best quickest easiest method to get my numbers down below 200 fast so I can pass the physical. Also I'm not allowed to be using insulin if I expect to get a CDL license and I have been using some insulin on and off,but not recently ( that btw was by choice, the doctor I had cautioned me about the insulin for this very reason but I never thought I would be going for my cdl ) I did just start taking metformin again and a crash change in my diet, I chose to use insulin only because it was easier on my system than the oral drugs. I NEVER HAD TROUBLE WITH INSULIN, it ALWAYS worked great for me, no lows. Without coverage or steady income it's very hard to manage ( meds, strips , balanced good foods. ). somehow I need to get the insulin off my record or show that I am no longer using it, get my numbers low fast and keep them there for a while, control how much proteins my kidneys are dumping and keep everything there till I obtain the permit, managing things won't be too difficult once I have a steady income and or coverage. I'm hoping to find some good advice. ( sorry if this was too much info. nice to meet you )

jayabee52 2014-03-08 14:15:09 -0600 Report

Not at all too much, Idont,

I had been on NPH insulin from 11/2006 through 02/2011 but discovered by accident (I dropped and shattered my insulin vial) that I could eat in such a way that I didn't need any diabetes medicine. I have been eating that way now for 3 + years I have written up a discussion telling how I do it here ~ Take a look and see whether you think it will work for you.

As far as the expense goes, when one avoids the "conveiience" foods and get down to basic food there is nothing that can beat it as far as being inexpensive. I kept my Blood Glucose between 80 and 130 most days and I lost about 65 lbs and maintained an A1c of 5.5.

I pray that you find this useful to you.


jayabee52 2014-03-08 12:59:04 -0600 Report

Howdy idontlicklint
What Type of diabetes do you have, and how do you manage it?

God's best to you
James Baker