What would you do?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Kusanagi00, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. Kusanagi00

    Kusanagi00 Bobtail Member

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    What would you experienced trucking vets do if you had an abscess tooth that cause you to lose sleep but you company won't send you home bc its not your scheduled hometime? I have an abscess tooth and haven't sleep properly in days, I've asked my company to send me home but they refuse bc I'm not scheduled for hometime for another week and a half. I'm in pain, no otc medication is working, I stopped at 1800 yesterday and its now 0010 my time and I can't sleep. I've tried warm saltwater, garlic, oral gel and nothing working. I'm suppose to be heading to El Paso, TX at 0400 but I can't make that run bc I haven't slept and I'm at my breaking point. I'm loaded and the company won't send someone to get this load off of me, I can't leave the truck bc an abandonment would go on my dac. I've only been trucking for two yrs., and when I make my yr with the company I'm currently with I plan on leaving. Trucking companies don't give a crap about their drivers.
     
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  2. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    Call a dentist and get it pulled, no need to go home, been there done that.
     
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  3. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    That is a safety issue if you aren't getting rest, I would leave and get it taken care of. Drive that thing right back to them and fly home to get your tooth fixed. I am usually the one on here saying never just quit but this is an exception. Text and qc messages saying it is unsafe for you to drive and take pictures of them telling you to anyway. Give them their truck back and go find another job, so few jobs use dac that it's not the end of the world like they want you to think it is. Your health and safety and the safety of everyone else on the road come first.
     
  4. sirjeff

    sirjeff Light Load Member

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    Do what ya gotta do. I'm sure you can get it done anywhere. Personally, I wouldn't work for a company that cant do you the decency of allowing you to have a bone yanked out of your face by someone you trust
     
  5. tell them you got a medical emergency you're going to get it fixed and it's as simple as that..
    document on your Qualcomm or your people net don't do the he-said-she-said phone BS..
    no company could force you to drive when you're ill or not safe just tell them I'm going to drive right now but if I crashed the truck it's on you I let you know I've got a tooth issue and abscess tooth is giving me a lot of pain I have to get it taken care of now .

    IF IT'S INFECTED AND NOT NEED TO BE PULLED YOU JUST LET KNOW I NEED TO GET HOME.
    GO TO A DOC-IN-THE-BOX IT'LL PROBABLY COST YOU A COUPLE HUNDRED BUCKS FOR A VISIT
    LESS YOU GOT INSURANCE THAT COVERS THAT KIND OF STUFF..
    THEY'LL GIVE YOU SOME PENICILLIN OR SOME AMOXICILLIN THAT WILL GET RID OF THE INFECTION AND GET THE ABSCESS DOWN..
    I JUST TELL YOUR COMPANY IF THEY'RE GOING TO HOLD YOU AGAINST IT'S NOT YOUR TIME OFF YOU BETTER FIND SOMEPLACE ELSE TO WORK THEY DON'T PLAY THAT KIND OF BS GAMES WITH ME
     
  6. UturnGirl

    UturnGirl Road Train Member

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    Abcessed tooth can make your whole body sick. Please take care of it...and find a new company as soon as you can.
     
  7. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Abscesses are a path way of infection towards your brain if it manages to access your sinus cavities like mine did for a while. Extracted that molar, (In 50 pieces) and then delivered through that small hole into the infected space medicines.

    They told me should I have not done that when I did the infection would have reached my brain sometime by this time this year and there would be nothing that can be done then. It takes me alot to deal with the teeth.

    Put your truck into a dentist office and tell him or her that you are a emergency case and need a oral surgeon in the area to get ahold of you. By law no one other than dentists can touch your teeth. That includes hospitals. The company will bendover backwards to ignore the idea that you need to see someone being sick. But they have no choice if you really got sick and thats that. You are already sick, get yourself taken care of, #### the truck, #### the load and double dose #### to the company who did not show you anything for that problem. (You are disposable, replaceable etc)

    But the greater tragedy would be you being stubborn and roll on until one day medically becomes a real crisis point and maybe you are lost of consciousness at 70 mph on the interstate. Whatever is seriously bothering you, pull in and get it looked at. And fixed.

    Your company does not give a #### for you anyway. You should already know this from the talk back you have gotten. If you are sick, pull that thing into some office somewhere and get it looked at.
     
  8. sirjeff

    sirjeff Light Load Member

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  9. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Some truckstops have dentists. I don't know how you'd find them though. I've seen a couple out there. And there's one at home at the sapp bros.

    Might even call around to see if you can get a prescription for oxycodone or hydrocodone. Or something. I think oxy is what I got. Been a few years.

    One of the perks of having a local job. You have the luxory of seeing a doc when you need to.
     
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  10. Kusanagi00

    Kusanagi00 Bobtail Member

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    Thing is I'm leaving trucking for good in November bc its not for me but I want a clean record so I can have something to fall back on in case I can't find a decent job. Sent a qc message and never heard anything back so I called them and the night dispatch lady thinks she's a doctor, told me I can make it bc its just a sore tooth and today is Sunday and I won't be able to see a dentist anyway. I told her I wasn't taking the load and she called herself going off on me, told her I was recording the entire conversation and she hung up on me. I think I'm just going to go ahead and quit, I was leaving in November anyway.
     
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