Any type 1 diabetics?

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by foretwoone, Dec 15, 2020.

  1. foretwoone

    foretwoone Bobtail Member

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    Wondering if there’s any diabetics here. I’ve been type 1 for about 12 years. I’m well managed, on a dexcom and pump, never hospitalized, no neuropathy ect... I know the regulations have recently changed and I’ve received a few offers to join kllm, Stevens, and Maverick. My fear is one of leaving my current job to attend cdl school only to find out the won’t give me a medical card. When I spoke to the recruiters I asked what if I get a medical card before coming and they all stated that I would still need to meet with the medical examiner when I arrive. This sounds like an extremely discriminatory practice as a medical card from any doctor should suffice.
     
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  3. rbrauns

    rbrauns Light Load Member

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    I'm not sure about the US but I'm in Canada and have Type 1 diabetes. We also need medicals every 2-3 years depending on the province but the attitude of every doctor that I have used for my CDL medical was that my diabetes is being managed and monitored by a doctor so there are no issues driving a commercial vehicle.

    Hope this helps
     
  4. baha

    baha Road Train Member

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    You must travel with a lot of extra stuff to keep your pump and sugar reader working incase you are gone for extra weeks that you were not planing on, go to one of the walk in med. places just to see if you can pass a phy. from someone that does not know you and see if you can pass? before you quit the job you have now?
     
  5. foretwoone

    foretwoone Bobtail Member

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    Thanks baha good points to think about. I was going to do a walk in first. I work for Lowe’s now and we send our delivery drivers across the street to an urgent care so I was going to try them first and if I got the card then I would feel slightly more confident. I’m just concerned that a carrier might see diabetes and reject me but I was under the impression that refusing employment for medical reasons was discrimination.
     
  6. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

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    One solution is to not leave your job. Take a vacation and go to the medical examiner of the carrier’s choice. Even if you pay for the trip and exam.

    Before all that, I’d talk to some type 1’s in the business about what to watch out for. I’m far from an expert, but the typical driver’s life is pretty irregular, which, I understand, is not ideal for diabetics.
     
  7. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    Scratch Stevens off your list. Their doc won't approve you.
     
  8. foretwoone

    foretwoone Bobtail Member

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    Fortunately they were low on my list
     
  9. foretwoone

    foretwoone Bobtail Member

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    Ahh the irony in all this. I just found out today that I’m out of a job probably by Friday. Honestly I wasn’t looking to sign with a carrier until late January but I guess that timeline just got bumped up.
     
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