FMCSA says 1 in 3 drivers may have Sleep Apnea

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  1. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

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    How in the world does someone have overhead of $6K a month? Mine is right at $3k.
     
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  3. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    Just for comparison, 5k here. That's not really overhead though, that's what we put in the bank every month before we start saving/spending. We could easily knock it down to 4 I think. Family of 4, solid middle class in TN.

    I'm not sure how we got here from sleep Apnea but there ya go.
     
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  4. rachi

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    My home is paid for so overhead is about $1,200 a month.
     
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  5. bigguns

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    It might depend upon what all someone includes in overhead. Someone else might not think about a key number. Me. I’d forget my head if it weren’t attached somedays
     
  6. woolybully35us

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    a friend of mine went in to renew his dot med card . the pa. told him because of his weight he had to do a sleep test an he had to go to a clinic she worked at. in stead of paying the $2000.00 they wanted he ordered a dot certified test on line. it came back that he did not have sleep apnea he had shallow breathing . he took that in to her an she would not accept it an told him that she was calling the dot . he told her that was fine an that he was calling the medical board an the attorney general an report her for extortion. she gave him his card.
     
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  7. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

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    I REALLY hope this is a true story AND that your friend makes those calls anyway.
     
  8. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I have severe sleep apnea and have used the bipap since 2017. I don't think I sleep any better but I'm up after 7 to 7 hrs sleep and am wide awake all day and don't feel tired all of the time anymore. If anyone even thinks they have it they should talk to their PCP about it.
    That being said the FMCSA has been trying to make an end run around the Congressional mandate by issuing "Guidance" to the examiners that gives the examiners the impression that they better get with the program. I would encourage any driver that is being forced into a sleep study do find another examiner. You have to give the exact same info to the 2nd doc as you did the first for it not to be doctor shopping.
    OOIDA tried doing a Review the Doc thing but there just aren't enough people giving reviews. Some of the docs may not even be active anymore. But still is worth checking out.
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  9. Trucking in Tennessee

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    There is a sleezebag (or was) that gave DOTs at the Pilot in Lavergne, TN. Chiropractor also. He failed me on the eye test, the hearing test and BP. Kept my $90. I went to a REAL doctor in Dickson, TN and passed the eye test without glasses, but failed the hearing test. Fortunately, they had an audiologist in the same building and I took the audiometric test and passed with no hearing aids. The rest of the test was easy, and my BP was 122/70. Careful who you go to.
     
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    My neighbor drives for Schneider, and his home is paid for, but he finances every car he buys and gets new ones all the time. Makes no sense to me, but it's his money.
     
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  11. Rideandrepair

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    They need to focus on State Troopers and DOT Officers.Using their own odds, at least 1 in 4 has sleep apnea. Definitely a public safety issue.
     
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