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Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Dixie444, Aug 9, 2022.

  1. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    It's no big deal. They will ask you about that every time. Our DOT physician knows I drink and smoke. He also knows I'm overweight too. Lol. Most truck drivers drink, smoke, and are overweight anyway
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2022
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  3. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Road Train Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    Don’t sweat it, if dinking alcohol (away from the truck, of course) and/or smoking were disqualifications for truck driving jobs, there would hardly be any trucks on the road!
  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    The DOT doctor is not your friend or partner in health. He's the man that can end your job based on what info you give him and what measurements are taken during the exam.
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  5. Dixie444

    Dixie444 Bobtail Member

    Aug 9, 2022
    Thanks for the answers. I just wish it wasn’t noted all over my physical for employers and everyone to see. Live and learn I guess, I suppose it will be on there for 2 years but the next time I do one I won’t disclose that information for sake of interrogation and notes written up like it’s a health problem. Just makes me mad that I put it on there, I have been stressing out about it but some of these reply’s ease it a little bit. My instructor said the same thing about most drivers smoking but I’m still kicking myself about it
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Wish you had been a member on here earlier so we could have warned you.
    I know one driver that had Type 1 diabetes and always got a 2 yr. card because he didn't say anything.
    He always brought a small lunch box to work that's where he kept his insulin refrigerated. Everyone thought it was his lunch.
    They guy was a fanatic about keeping his diabetes under control.
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  7. 062

    062 Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Unless this school is sponsored or has heavy ties to the company that you plan to hire onto,then you’ll probably have to take another physical.
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  8. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    I had one too...didn't find out until after he moved away and his cousin told me. I remember, during a check ride, that he always carried a plastic Aladdin wide mouth thermos. Realized, after learning about it, that he returned to the truck after using the rest room carrying that thermos. His cousin said he kept his shot packed in ice in that thermos...He had been there around 15 years and I had no Idea how long he was diabetic as I was the last of 5 managers during his time
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  9. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
    One of the problems with type 1 diabetes that is not so much an issue today is insulin. The old natural insulin while it worked 99% of the time sometimes it caused all sorts of problems. Even with the new insulins, it's dangerous to dose without knowing your blood sugar at the time.

    As I understand it the FMCSA is allowing diabetics to drive. This is the thing. As someone who knows how easy it is to take too much insulin if you are a type 1 diabetic and don't have an MCSA-5870 on file if you go into "diabetic shock" while driving? I hope you don't do any damage or hurt people.

    Every day I have to balance my insulin with the foods I eat. How easy is it? About 2 months ago I asked Keri to give me a shot in my hip. I take so many shots I have to rotate my injection areas. She was not careful and did not inject the right amount from the pen. We had lunch and afterward I sit down to make some comments on TTR. It took about an hour but I went into insulin shock and Keri had to get my Glucagon out and give me another shot.

    Drivers, if you are a type 1 diabetic watch those blood sugar levels and keep Glucagon on the truck. That Glucagon might well save your life!
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