DOT Physical - Home Urine Testing/Plans - Feedback?

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  1. GameTrucker

    GameTrucker Bobtail Member

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    I'm boarding line type 2 diabetes but with COVID and everything haven't been able to get a check-up with my doctor for a good many months. Finally got in and my test was not so good. My A1C was below, (I'm seeing a PCP for the record to be clear.)

    8/2018 11.3%
    11/19 12.3%
    9/17 11.7%

    these numbers are not the best, bottom line. So my doctor has given me some meds to take to flush stuff out of my system more. I have been taken them for 2 weeks now and will follow up with my daily results of me taking my readings from my glucose meter. My readings have been I say so far 85% within range can do better tho of course.

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    I posted my readings above. So I was thinking I have to renew my DOT Physical before Nov 18th I got time but not much time-ish. I was thinking about trying to get a urine kit or something and take test reading at home to see what is more in line with what the DOT doc will test me for to try and get better by of course my readings, eating more better, and exercises more.

    I was thinking about trying to go for my DOT Physical a few weeks before my deadline so just in case if I get a decline or something I still got time to work on this issue. Before I go again, so my idea was to take a urine test to help in these forward goals.

    So my thought to you all,
    1. Is this a good plan?
    2. If this is where can I buy such kits or what they are called as I try to search for them but didn't find what I was looking for.
    3. I did find A1C kits from like CVS or such but was not sure if I should go that route, as the urine test and A1C are similar but yet not really.

    Anyway, any insight into my plans, ideas, fixes, good/bad stuff I like to hear your view and thoughts.

    Best to all,
    Game Trucker
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2020
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  3. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    Don't post your medical records online in this forum.

    No one here is a doctor, and it's nobody's business what you got going on.
     
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Talk to your personal physician.
    I have Type 2 diabetes.
    I made the mistake of going to a "Diabetes Specialist" at a hospital and the first change she made was to cut my Metformin amount I was taking. My A1C spiked so high it was crazy; like yours is.
    Went to my personal physician and she immediately saw the problem and prescribed 1000 mg. Metformin twice a day. Now I'm back to normal.
    I immediately quit going to the "specialist" diabetes classes.
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    Maybe she wanted my A1C to spike, since my insurance company was paying for everything plus two diabetes classes a week.
     
  5. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    Walking thirty minutes a day will do wonders for your A1C readings also. I too have Type 2. It is under control with 1000mg Metformin/2 a day. When i had shoulder surgery, i stopped walking for a while and my home test meter readings went way up. After returning to a walking schedule, my readings are back to my normal range. And cut your CARBS out of your diet, and no sugary drinks.
     
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  6. GameTrucker

    GameTrucker Bobtail Member

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    Thanks, I guess.
     
  7. GameTrucker

    GameTrucker Bobtail Member

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    What your thoughts on at-home testing before the DOT to see what these readings are they see? Do you think it may be similar to A1C or more in line with the readings from the blood tests I do every day?
     
  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I don't know; never done those at-home tests.
     
  9. GameTrucker

    GameTrucker Bobtail Member

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    Oh definite, doing more of that, even got a workout bench as well. The best stuff in life is sometimes the free stuff we do. Thanks for your feedback tho.
     
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  10. Ridgeline

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    Ok here is what can happen, the dot examiner can tell you no sign off until ...

    “I talk to your pcp about your a1c.”

    or

    “You have to have your pcp to send to me their plan you and your pcp have come up with to lower your a1c.”

    these people have the final say on the dot and this will follow you if you try to doc shop.

    There is no excuse about seeing your doc, that covid crap should not stop you from seeking help.

    Trying to game the system with those numbers is dumb, get your diet under control, get your numbers down and then worry about getting a dot done.

    go look up no sugars no grains diet.
     
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  11. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Your physical is good until the end of the year. Get yourself right then go get a new physical.
    From the FMCSA:

    Waives, in accordance with the following periods of eligibility, the requirement under 49 CFR 391.45 that CDL holders, CLP holders, and non- CDL drivers have a medical examination and certification, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification and any required medical variance (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5T such as an exemption letter or a skill performance evaluation certificate) that were issued for a period of 90 days or longer:
    • For CDL holders, CLP holders, and non- CDL drivers whose medical certification was valid on February 29, 2020 and expired on or after March 1, 2020 but before June 1, 2020, the requirement under 49 CFR 391.45 is waived until October 31, 2020.
    • For CDL holders, CLP holders, and non-CDL drivers whose medical certification expired on or after June 1, 2020, the requirement under 49 CFR 391.45 is waived until December 31, 2020.
    Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 National Emergency – For States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles 09/18/2020 | FMCSA
     
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