Company Physical

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by greendriver, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. greendriver

    greendriver Bobtail Member

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    I have been lurking here for a few months and it has been helpful. I completed school about a month ago and 2 weeks ago went to an orientation (TMC). There I had a physical and was informed I had a ventral hernia in my stomach. This doctor had me bend backwards and to the sides. It wasn't like a normal DOT physical. Either way, it is what it is, but it was devastating. My doctor says it isn't a problem and I can live the rest of my life with it, even driving. Either way I don't have the cash to pay to get it fixed right now.
    I can only find one company (TMC) that has sent people home with similar conditions that people have written about on this forum. I am hoping others can tell me,based on experience, if any other companies look for hernias in any places other then the normal turn your head and cough. I don't want to go to any other orientations and get turned away day one. I am scheduled to go to another companies orientation after Christmas.
     
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  3. jash369

    jash369 Medium Load Member

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    That is tough especially if you did not know about it before hand........

    But their is hope for you.........TMC especially because of flatbed require more extensive conditioning for the duties that are required. I assure you when trying to manage a 100 200 300 lb tarp in normal and excessive conditions you probably would have made things worse.

    You can look into any of the dry van or reefer co.'s......most work for OTR is 80-90 non load/unload. Their are a couple of co.'s with accounts where drivers do however, not the masses..........

    Keep looking check out websites and even hit a truckstop near you and look at the advertising stands they have.........plenty of co.'s still hiring to start out and will be after the first of the year........

    Good Luck and hang in their.............
     
  4. psanderson

    psanderson Road Train Member

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    I wish you success in finding a job but you must realize that a company has the right to accept whom they wish.

    If TMC won't accept you because of the hernia just keep looking. You'll find a company.

    From a retired federal DOT official
     
  5. Peterbilt79

    Peterbilt79 Light Load Member

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    You could have it repaired and TMC probably would accept you into orientation, you would have to check on this, but if you really wanted to be there, you'll find a way

    thanks

    Peterbilt79
     
  6. greendriver

    greendriver Bobtail Member

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    Thank you.
    I have gotten invitations to orientation at Willis Shaw, and Wel companies. Does anybody know if people have been rejected for this kind of hernia? Maybe what the physical entails?

    Thank again.
     
  7. corysti

    corysti Medium Load Member

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    From what i've heard Willis Shaw just does the normal "turn your head and cough". And to be honest I've never heard of a company doing any other hernia check other than the normal one. So I learned something new today :) Good luck.
     
  8. jash369

    jash369 Medium Load Member

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    Part of the hernia check is when the doc taps on your stomach when your on the table. The sound that they hear gives them an indication of the stomach integrity. A hernia if I am correct is a hole in the stomach wall.
     
  9. Lilbit

    Lilbit Road Train Member

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    That's one type of hernia. There are other types that can actually be worse. Generally they are a hole in the muscle wall that holds everything together.
     
  10. corysti

    corysti Medium Load Member

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    Hmm, Like I said that news to me lol. I've had physicals before and they done cough routine. I was talking to my dad about his physicals that they would never check for hernias. Then again he worked for smaller company and you just went to a local doctors office to do it.
     
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