I wouldn't want that responsibility if I was perfectly healthy. Diabetes has nothing to do with it.
Write out the hoops. What are they? A doctor's signature on a form?
Get a Dexcom. If the job is worth it, a Dexcom is even more so! It provides such good information about what follows eating specific foods that it's easier to be precise with the insulin to carb gram ratio. Fewer highs. Fewer lows. No running high! No anger!
My fantasy is that all T1s CDLs will have CGMs! Great for driving.
Afraid to say this, but you should check with your DMV. Some states ban diabetics for commercial driving.
The big question; is your diabetes stable enough to hold these lives in your hands? We ALL do that eveyrday, anytime we drive.
There are also protections in the law to help. ADA looms large, and can they require the CDL if you have a "disability?"
Carlyn look at the fed DOT book.My work also wants me to get my CDL.From what I am told any T1 must have a doc sign off and is good for only 6months for DOT phisical card.
Laws are being loosened on CDL issue and DOT physical examinations to get them. Laws very from state to state, but in general, if you are driving a vehicle with a passenger capacity of less than 16 passengers,including the driver, you do NOT need a CDL to operate the vehicle. If the vehicle has a capacity of 16 passengers and over, including the driver, you must have a CDL to legally operate the vehicle. If the vehicle you are operating has a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) rating of 26,001 or over. If the vehicle is a school bus, is yellow in colour, and is identified as a school bus in the front ant back, and is equipped with an eight light/stop arm warning system, you must have a CDL with a school bus endorsement to operate that vehicle. Often the school bus endorsement requires a passenger endorsement as well. You will need a passenger endorsement to drive the vehicle as you have described.
To obtain a CDL, you need to take a written and driving test in the largest vehicle that you will be expected to drive. Before your driven test, you will need to provide the examination station a copy of your DOT Physical examination, and this is where the snag come in. If you are a type 2 and are controlling with diet, exercise and oral medications only, a CDL is no problem, nor is the accompanying physical examination. If you are type one or an insulin-dependent type 2, you can get a DOT physical. Your intenist or endo can give you this, or you can go to a Nurse-Practitioner, Chiropractor or any walk-in clinic. Type ones need to have a set of forms signed from your endo, and they will describe your control, medications, vision, etc. IT looks like a bunch of hoops to jump, but really, it isn't bad. I have done this in Minnesota, where they have some of the toughest driver's license regulations in the country. Once licensed, when driving a commercial vehicle, you will need to carry glucose tabs with you along with your license and DOT Physical card in order for your license to be valid.
I would go for it, were I you. Get all the licensing you can and keep it current. I think getting a CDL as a diabetic is one more "I'm diabetic and I CAN do this!"
Good luck, and let us know how things turn out.
You are not making excuses. You are taking responsibility for yourself and what you feel that you can and cannot reasonably do while on the job.
No supervisor should put an employee in a position that endangers her or puts her in a position that endangers others.
If you truly feel that driving the bus is beyond what you can manage you should tell your manager this. Tell her clearly and without making any kind of apology.
I agree with Corinna- your boss should respect your circumstances, as long as you explain them to him (without apologies, as it is not your fault you have diabetes!).
First of all, I think if you feel uncomfortable doing it and you are able to get out of it, you should. I did at a job I had 15 years ago.
But, I also think that running a little high for something like that (assuming it's not an every day thing) makes sense to me. I always let myself run a little high for things like dental work, and also if I'm going to be driving long distances. If I'm just popping on and off the highway, I feel like I can just do a test and not worry about it, but if I'm going to be driving for two hours, I run a bit high. It's scary to think of having to drive a number of other people around, but the truth of the matter is that you are always endangering a number of people if you're not as careful as you need to be about your blood sugar.
Would this be an every day thing? If so, I would try to find a way out of it.