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Diabetic

Ashland, KY

#1 Nov 11, 2010
I am Type 1 diabetic, insulin dependent. I take several insulin shots throughout the day. I was thinking about getting my CDL's, so that I could get a job driving a truck. I looked up some DOT information, and also heard from a couple people... and was told because I am insulin-dependent, I will have a very hard time getting a job after my training. Does anyone have any information that could help me out here..? Is this true..?
Daydrmr

Ashland, KY

#2 Nov 12, 2010
I can't imagine why that would be true. Ad if it is, that is extremely discriminatory. Probably Topix isn't the best place to find your answer. I'd use google and look for some public forums for people in that profession and start asking there. Good luck!

“Blessings to you and yours.”

Since: Dec 07

Washington DC

#3 Nov 12, 2010
Diabetic wrote:
I am Type 1 diabetic, insulin dependent. I take several insulin shots throughout the day. I was thinking about getting my CDL's, so that I could get a job driving a truck. I looked up some DOT information, and also heard from a couple people... and was told because I am insulin-dependent, I will have a very hard time getting a job after my training. Does anyone have any information that could help me out here..? Is this true..?
There are some concerns about professional drivers who are insulin dependent. Primarily, diabetics may have problems with their blood sugars dropping too low and causing confusion, coma or death that will then cause an accident. While it may sound like discrimination for places to not hire insulin dependent diabetics as professional drivers, it is a liability issue and helps to prevent accidents, just like restrictions on drivers with a seizure disorder. My brother used to be be a bus driver, but could not use insulin and drive the bus...so he would not take insulin and his blood sugars would get into the 400-500+ range, which is just as dangerous and causes long term injury to the diabetic person.
Some questions to ask yourself:
How well controlled are your blood sugars? How often do you check your blood sugars? Do you use long acting insulin like Lantus or Levemir? Do you take fast acting insulin based on your blood sugar results or with meals? Have you ever had your blood sugar drop lower than 60?
You are wise to consider this before getting training that you may never be able to use.
Blessings to you and yours.
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Hotdog

Ashland, KY

#4 Nov 12, 2010
Diabetic wrote:
I am Type 1 diabetic, insulin dependent. I take several insulin shots throughout the day. I was thinking about getting my CDL's, so that I could get a job driving a truck. I looked up some DOT information, and also heard from a couple people... and was told because I am insulin-dependent, I will have a very hard time getting a job after my training. Does anyone have any information that could help me out here..? Is this true..?
You wiull have a very hard time getting a job. You need to call some of the trucking cos and ask them.
Hotdog

Ashland, KY

#5 Nov 12, 2010
Daydrmr wrote:
I can't imagine why that would be true. Ad if it is, that is extremely discriminatory. Probably Topix isn't the best place to find your answer. I'd use google and look for some public forums for people in that profession and start asking there. Good luck!
What is wrong with being discriinatory? You can't drive a school bus in Ky. if you have had heart attacts, you can't fly a plane if you have heart trouble.
info

Ashland, KY

#6 Nov 12, 2010
i had a friend that was diabetic that had a wreck in his rig and he was worried that they would find his blood sugar high and had to try to hide that he was diabetic cause he would lose his CDL's
Driver

Chesapeake, OH

#7 Nov 12, 2010
I have a Class A CDL with Hazmat Endorsement License. If you are diabetic, you can drive as long as it can be controled by diet or medication. Once you start on insulin injections, you can't drive a commercial vehicle. If you have a pacemaker you can drive, as long as it isn't a pacemaker with an auto-difibulator built in. You have to carry with you a CDL Medical Exam card @ all times. It is renewable every 2 year's, unless there are other factor's involved, such as High Blood Pressure 140 or higher, then it is renewable every year or sooner.
Hmm

Ashland, KY

#8 Nov 12, 2010
Driver wrote:
I have a Class A CDL with Hazmat Endorsement License. If you are diabetic, you can drive as long as it can be controled by diet or medication. Once you start on insulin injections, you can't drive a commercial vehicle. If you have a pacemaker you can drive, as long as it isn't a pacemaker with an auto-difibulator built in. You have to carry with you a CDL Medical Exam card @ all times. It is renewable every 2 year's, unless there are other factor's involved, such as High Blood Pressure 140 or higher, then it is renewable every year or sooner.
And you are a scum bag too. All truck drivers are scum bags!
information

Crown City, OH

#9 Nov 12, 2010
Diabetic wrote:
I am Type 1 diabetic, insulin dependent. I take several insulin shots throughout the day. I was thinking about getting my CDL's, so that I could get a job driving a truck. I looked up some DOT information, and also heard from a couple people... and was told because I am insulin-dependent, I will have a very hard time getting a job after my training. Does anyone have any information that could help me out here..? Is this true..?
if you are on insulin you will not be able to drive a truck.....my husband is a truck driver who is only on medication to control his diabetes and if he ever goes on insulin he will have to find another profession because you have to take a dot physical before you can ever drive a truck and once you go on insulin they will not pass you therefore you can no longer drive a truck. sad but true.
Sorry

Flatwoods, KY

#10 Nov 13, 2010
If you take insulin you can not leagely pass your phyical exam so you can not get a CDL
Evil

Simpsonville, KY

#11 Nov 13, 2010
Hmm wrote:
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And you are a scum bag too. All truck drivers are scum bags!
Your statement is cruel! If we didn't have truck driver' how do you think you would receive your food, etc. You are pathetic!
Hmm

Ashland, KY

#12 Nov 13, 2010
Evil wrote:
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Your statement is cruel! If we didn't have truck driver' how do you think you would receive your food, etc. You are pathetic!
I don't care, they are still scum bags. Just because we need them does not change the fact they are scum bags. They don't have to be scum bags, they just choose to scum of the earth.
Evil

United States

#13 Nov 14, 2010
Hmm wrote:
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I don't care, they are still scum bags. Just because we need them does not change the fact they are scum bags. They don't have to be scum bags, they just choose to scum of the earth.
Not all truck drivers fit into your so called "scum bag" category. You may have to be a truck driver one of these days, then we can call you scum bag. Never mind you must already be, since it takes one to know one!
Hmm

Ashland, KY

#14 Nov 14, 2010
Evil wrote:
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Not all truck drivers fit into your so called "scum bag" category. You may have to be a truck driver one of these days, then we can call you scum bag. Never mind you must already be, since it takes one to know one!
You couldn't pay me enough to be a truck driver. I will never have to be anything. I don't need the money, I have a Military Retirement. So I have a better paycheck than most and free health care. I don't like being around or associated with scum. How childish and immature you must be to have to resort to the "takes one to know one" defense. I prefer to converse with someone that has an IQ over 60.
pitchblack

Ashland, KY

#15 Nov 14, 2010
thats right Hmm you are not anything.
Hmm

Ashland, KY

#16 Nov 14, 2010
If I am not anything, that makes me SOMETHING!! lmao!
Driver

West Liberty, KY

#17 Nov 14, 2010
Hmm wrote:
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I don't care, they are still scum bags. Just because we need them does not change the fact they are scum bags. They don't have to be scum bags, they just choose to scum of the earth.
You sir are an idiot. I happen to be a truck driver and I'm not a scum bag. Have you ever stopped to think that without truck drivers the world as you know it would just stop. Think about us when you turn your lights on in your home, fill your car up with gas, buy groceries etc. Basicly everything you touch on a daily basis was brought to you by a truck driver. Sure there are some bad drivers but most of us are men and women just trying to make an honest living like everyone else. It's a job that is getting harder and harder to do with all the government regulations that are being placed on us. You should be thankful for truck drivers and not be such an asshat.
Gear Banger

Chesapeake, OH

#18 Nov 14, 2010
Hmm is probably a low life piece of $hit druggie who's mad that the trucking industry wont ship and haul large amounts of drugs so junkies like him wont have to worry about payin extra to have someone drive there sorry a$$ to Florida or somewhere to get them
Evil

United States

#19 Nov 14, 2010
Hmm wrote:
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You couldn't pay me enough to be a truck driver. I will never have to be anything. I don't need the money, I have a Military Retirement. So I have a better paycheck than most and free health care. I don't like being around or associated with scum. How childish and immature you must be to have to resort to the "takes one to know one" defense. I prefer to converse with someone that has an IQ over 60.
Hmm your IQ just dropped in #16! How childish and immature you must be to have to resort to this statement as your defense. I too prefer to converse with someone that has an IQ over 60.
Hmm

Ashland, KY

#20 Nov 14, 2010
Evil wrote:
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Hmm your IQ just dropped in #16! How childish and immature you must be to have to resort to this statement as your defense. I too prefer to converse with someone that has an IQ over 60.
Can't even come up with your own statement. I at least double your IQ.

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