DOT card

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by just asking, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. just asking

    just asking New Member

    anyone ever have a problem renewing their DOT medical card because of blood pressure?
  2. over9five

    over9five Senior Member Staff Member

    Yeah, get on meds and they just make your DOT card good for one year.
    Not a big problem.
  3. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    Make sure the week before you go for your dot, you lay off coffee, sodium, and alcohol. And drink straight water before you go. If you have a real problem, you need to know. If you have white coat fever, those things on top of that will shoot you through the roof.
  4. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Some drivers have taken to keeping a BP diary to document an average BP for an extended period of time. Many people feel anxiety during a Dr visit and this can alter their BP inaccurately. If you know you average and it shows high when the Dr first takes it request they take it again after you've had a moment to yourself,perhaps in the waiting room resting, and you'll get it to go closer to normal usually.
  5. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    I went in 4 years ago and was told I was borderline high blood pressure. They left me alone in the room with the lights off for about 10 minutes and came back and took it again and I was fine. BUt I was also overweight at the time. I lost 40 pounds then before my next physical and am told I have perfect numbers. We'll see in a few weeks when I have to get renewed again.
  6. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    My pressure was so high the one time that even after resting first in a chair and then laying on the floor for the third attempt they still could barely pass me and I'm been on meds for years.
    They finally told me that I would never pass a DOT exam because of vertigo.
  7. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    Go to your own Dr. first and have him check it !!
    If there is a problem,he will put you on meds .
    then go take your DOT . Don't mess around with BP, very important to regulate,not just to fool DOT Dr. !!
    Good Luck !
  8. iruhnman630

    iruhnman630 Active Member

    It happened to one of the other young drivers in our center last year. He was off the road for about three months until he got it down within dot limits.
  9. nystripe96

    nystripe96 Active Member

    I have a dot card from when I passed the road test for a class B cdl last May. This was before I started with ups. I haven't driven a truck since the road test. My medical certificate expires march 7th. Do I have to renew it even though I'm not a driver yet for ups? I don't want to shell out the $100 if if I'm not a ups driver just yet
  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I had a close call during my last DOT physical. I made the mistake of drinking coffee just before the exam and my BP was just over the limit. They finished the exam and took the BP again 30 minutes later and it was much lower.
  11. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Something else to watch out for is simple otc medications. I had a cold a few weeks back and just some cough medicine bounced it into the 150's for a few days.
  12. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    If you use Benadryl for allergies but not all the time. Do not report it.
  13. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I have high blood pressure and take medication for it, so I have no problem. Lay off the coffee before you go. If you have high blood pressure, you need to take care of it. I have a brother that refuses to go to the doctor for his, he has already passed out a few times and carried to the ER over it. Its crazy to mess around and risk having a stroke over this.

    I had my DOT exam a few weeks ago. A new thing they are doing here is measuring your neck size. They are looking for symptoms of sleep apnea.
  14. tourists24

    tourists24 Well-Known Member

    Yep... mine was high my last physical.... one year ok.... have to get it under control..... Crap... this means doing away with all the good stuff
  15. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member

    On my last one, my blood sugar was high so now I get to do without candy, bread, soda, and potatoes. Fun Fun Fun.
  16. tourists24

    tourists24 Well-Known Member

    screw that... I'll just blow a Im not gonna be miserable along the way
  17. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Don't mention snoring either.
  18. Crazy Diamond

    Crazy Diamond Robot Extraordinaire

    No kiddin, I think there's some sort of conspiracy on the whole sleep apnea thing.
  19. beentheredonethat

    beentheredonethat Well-Known Member

    Scratch, I agree with you about it being crazy to mess around and risk having a stroke. Going to the Dr's and getting your physical is real important. However, I believe taking high blood pressure medication s/b a last option and only taken for as long as you need it. I think of it as if you had an oil leak in your favorite car. You could just put more oil in the crankcase occasionally, but if you really want to do right by the car, you fix the problem that is causing the oil loss. I did have borderline readings and decided to do something about it. I lost some weight, did some cardio exercises, started to eat a lot better, also I started taking vitamins and supplements. My last BP reading was 116/68. (I tend to also have white coat syndrome) and this was the best I've had at a Dr's office. If you look at the side effects of many medications, they are kind of scary in themselves.
    Two other tips that I did learn from different doctors: 1 There are different size blood pressure cuffs, if you have large muscular arms then it's possible they are using the wrong size cuff on you, this will cause an incorrect reading. 2. When you sit down, DO NOT cross your legs. Crossing your legs can constrict the femoral artery and therefore increase the body's BP.

    Hope everyone takes their health seriously. PS. If you are looking for an interesting book on supplements, the one I like the best was written by Dr Atkins (of the Atkins Diet), It's called Dr. Atkins Vitanutrients. Very interesting book and at the back there's a section of if you have certain conditions (High blood pressure being one of them) it lists the supplements that can help you.
  20. beentheredonethat

    beentheredonethat Well-Known Member

    Tooner, as I said in a previous post I've had white coat syndrome etc. If it's simply white coat syndrome and you test well at the machines at the pharmacy OK. But if those machines register similar borderline results. Skipping coffee and sodium etc should be done all the time to permanently reduce Hi blood pressure. It's not a game of lowering the BP for the day of the Dr's exam. We all need to take care of our body and work on keeping ourselves in the best shape we can so we can have a long healthy life.