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A few tips to help you Before you medical exam.
Prior to renewal of Medical Certificate
Weight loss-BMI-soda pop
Sleep Apnea Information CPAP Machines
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

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Blood pressure advice for dot physical
BMI-Weight loss-soda pop
DOT Rules and Regulations
Low cost Sleep Apnea testing
New Rules from DOT
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Passing the CDL/DOT Occupational Physical

A few tips to help you Before you medical exam.

Just a few tips to make it a little less stressful. 
  • A driver with diabetes MUST have a copy of the latest A1C percentage (within the last 90 days).                                                                                                                    

Prior to renewal of Medical Certificate

Just a few tips to make it a little less stressful. 
  • A driver withdiabetesMUST have a copy of the latest A1C percentage (within the last 90 days).                                                                                                                   

Weight loss-BMI-soda pop

Hello Drivers:   Sorry it has been so long since my last post but I have been trying to get ready for all these new compliance laws from the Feds.   For those of you who are wondering what a BMI is;  it is the body mass index.  You can look up the charts on google so you can check yours.  You need to be below 35 which is generous.  Please buy a tape measure which cost about a buck and measure at your belly button.  You should be below 40" for males and below 35" for females.  DO NOT GO BY YOUR PANT SIZE!  Pants are at our hips not our waist!  To lose weight quickly just stop drinking soda pop, sweet tea, energy drinks, etc.   Read the labels on what you are drinking.  Always read servings per container first.  If it says 2.5 multiply that by how many grams of sugar they say are in it.  One gram of sugar is one pack of sugar.  I realize that it is corn syrup and not packs of sugar but it is the same.  Most sodas have 45-47 packs of sugar per can.  Think about that for a moment.  Are you going to open 45 packs of sugar and put it in a drink?  The reason they do this is because sugar is addictive!  If you are a heavy soda drinker I do not recommend stopping "cold turkey" just eliminate one can every 7 days.  Put it in your smart phone to remind you every week on the same day to do this.  Most of my drivers are losing 15-25 lbs. by doing this.  They are shocked!    Well back to the paperwork.  Take time to take care of yourselves and be safe.  

Sleep Apnea Information CPAP Machines

First, CPAP is not what people need.  Most people need AutoPAP.  This is a machine
that adjusts pressure as you sleep.  It allows for both inhalation and exhalation.  Breathing
out against a constant pressure can make normal breathing difficult.
 
Second, the there are three different pressure settings on an AutoPAP machine that the
user is going to need to experiment with: 1) minimum pressure 2) maximum pressure and
3) the ramp-up pressure and time of the ramp-up.  Most machines have adjustments for

National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

Hello Drivers;  New Rules!  Starting in March of 2014 the rules have changed about who can and cannot do the medical exam for commercial drivers.  Only physicians who have been trained, tested and certified can do the medical exam for you.  If you go to anyone else they will reject the medical card.  The list of approved physicians is on the government website dot.gov under National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.  You can look it up by state.  You will have to fax, mail or take a copy of the medical examiners card to the DMV.  If you fail to do so they take your first born.  Well maybe not your first born but they can and will take away your right to drive a commercial vehicle. As if there is not enough stress with driving a commercial vehicle they have to add more.  Take good care of yourselves and do not believe everything you hear or read on the radio or the internet!  

Low cost testing for Sleep Apnea

Hello Drivers: I have finally found an organization that has low cost sleep apnea testing and it is approved by the DOT.  You can do the test in your truck or at home so no need to go into a clinic and stay over night.  The cost for the sleep apnea screening is $200.00.  The other clinics charge $1,200.00 and up so this is great news.  I am still looking for low cost, good quality C-Pap machines.  I will let you all know when I find them.  I found some for $1,300.

Important New Rules From DOT

Hello Drivers:   Well once again there are new rules that no one seems to know about.  To make it short and simple, if at all possible, if you do not renew and fax or mail a copy of your new medical card to the DMV EVERY TIME you renew your card, there is absolutely no grace period, they can and will cancel your ENTIRE drivers license. They may change this in the future so check with the Federal Motor Carrier website.  Please try to renew a least 3 weeks before it is due.  If we run into problems we need time to remedy these before we can issue the medical card.

Link to questions & answers for DOT Physical and drivers license

Hello Truckers,  I am adding a link for you to go to for your questions about the rules and regulation changes and questions that you might have. Click here for that link.  Take good care of yourselves, our country could not run without you. Thank you for your hard work.

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Certified DOT Medical Exam - All physicians on our staff are on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners list.
Certified DOT Medical Exam - All physicians on our staff are on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners list.
Certified medical exam, walk-ins welcome. Lowest fees around for a Certified DOT physical. Commercial truck parking available on-site.
The best advice I can give you is to take your  blood pressure once a month. High blood pressure seems to be the number one cause of a driver failing the DOT physical. It is called, "the silent killer", because very few people will have any symptoms. Buy your own blood pressure kit that fits your arm properly.  Have the pharmacy tech help you choose the right size. Take your meds as your doctor told you and if they make you feel bad call your doctor and have them change the medication to a different one.  Please do not just quit taking them. I want to answer a few of the questions that drivers ask me on a daily basis. Blood pressure must be kept BELOW 140/90.  I recommend that you purchase a blood pressure cuff and use it often.  I do not recommend the wrist or finger kit.  Buy the one that goes around the upper arm. Place your arm level with the nipple line and relax, don't be on the phone with dispatch!   If you want to lose weight fast, quit drinking soda pop. Do not drink diet soda as they think it might be causing strokes and pancreatic cancer.  Read the labels and make sure you multiply the number of servings per container times the grams of sugar.  You will be shocked.  Take good care of yourself. 
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