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    Drs. know how to kick you in the nuts!!

    Today is my 4 yr. anniversary for my SCI, feeling great of all the gains I have gotten back during my recovery from being paralyzed from chest down to being able to walk unassisted. I went to try get my DOT (Department of Transportation) physical so that I can renew my CDL license and the dr. would not sign off on the physical From a simple exam he determined I was not strong enough to drive a commercial truck. Dr. told me he based his decision on what he read on the internet with people with SCIs and what they are capable of doing. That's not fair. Every injury is different. Really sucks.... how a dr can suck the life out of you, not having a clue of what you have accomplished in Physical therapy to get to the point am at. I've been working so hard these past 4 yrs and for someone to say "no I cannot"; he doesn't know me and know what I can or cannot do.

    #2
    sounds like a quack. get a second opinion?
    "Smells like death in a bucket of chicken!"
    http://www.elportavoz.com/

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      #3
      Sounds like a right dick, demand a second opinion from a different doctor.
      T11 Asia A after near-fatal bike crash.. Just happy to still be here

      No, I didn't loose my mind... It got scared and ran away!!

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        #4
        You went to the wrong doctor. Sheeze -- he said no because of what he read on the internet? You need to see a rehab physician who specializes in SCI for the evaluation, or an occupational therapist who teaches driving. Don't give up. You will get that license back!

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          #5
          Cryticgimp...SuprSi..I am going to look for another dr.
          SoFla...I went to CareNow...your right I'm going to find one where I did my therapy, hopefully they will help me out.

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            #6
            If the doc did that without even doing some muscle testing he does not understand disability. If you seek another doc try to find a physiatrist.
            You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
            http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

            See my personal webpage @
            http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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              #7
              SCIfor55...all he did was tap my knee and foot for reflex and he said, I have clonness on my feet, which I don't... he had his mind made up, no matter how much I pleaded my case.

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                #8
                He should have tested muscle strength, range of motion, coordination, balance. Did he?


                PS. A doc might elicit clonus and I would not be surpised if you have some.

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                  #9
                  Cripply....he did none of those test....but you are right, i have some clonus but it doesn't affect my driving. I get clonus when i am really fatigue from therapy.

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                    #10
                    Hate to say this but if you have any kind of problems then I'd sure hate to meet you driving any kind of big truck!

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                      #11
                      I read recently about a truck driver that was fired because he didn't reveal that he had sleep apnea and some other medical conditions that made him sleepy during the day. I am pretty sure the medical requirements for a CDL license are strict for safety reasons. This sounds like a situation where they'd need to determine if/how the ADA rules apply to truck drivers. Interesting. Can commercial vehicles be operated with hand controls?

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                        #12
                        Check out these resources:

                        http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs...-disabled.html

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyHNlvqe8VE

                        You may need to consult with a disability rights attorney.

                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                          #13
                          I am a T6 complete and drove a Mack DM til I got smarter. Hardest part is getting in and out. Once your in they are so easy to drive now, with all the air assists, electronics. Even a doctor could do it.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by baldfatdad View Post
                            I am a T6 complete and drove a Mack DM til I got smarter. Hardest part is getting in and out. Once your in they are so easy to drive now, with all the air assists, electronics. Even a doctor could do it.
                            C5/C6

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                              #15
                              KLD...thanks for those links...that video was awesome!

                              baldfatdad...that's great...the company i work for have fairly new units, so I know if given a chance I could do it!

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