Blood tests, blood pressure.. how much more

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Blood tests, blood pressure.. how much more

Postby Jkh14 » Thu May 23 2019, 23:49

Hi Guys, not after a whinge but if someone has any advice or past experiences please let me know..send a message if you like.
Had a DUI offence going on 3 years ago. Low range and my only one. I totally accept C’s policy and have had blood test to prove I’m not an alcoholic every 3 months since then. None have ever been a problem but now they are worried about my blood pressure as every time I go in it gets higher since I’m that worried about all this s#!t. Questions are when will it end if ever? I live remotely so it’s not just duck to the dr for it it’s a full day and no pay and it’s starting to get expensive. Im 28 I’m fit. Maybe I need a new dame? I’m just about done with it all. Is there any other options or avenues I can go down?
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Postby Fill-level » Fri May 24 2019, 00:45

Since when , does being done for drinking and driving, you have to have a blood test to prove your not a alco, who is forcing you to do this ?
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Postby Jkh14 » Fri May 24 2019, 01:30

Ca$a every 3 months full blood count, Liver function test and CDT carbohydrate deficiency transferrin.
I’ve never had a problem with a bad test and I’m more than happy to do one every medical if that’s the case but going on 3 years I’ve nearly had enough. Living on a station and no where near a dame and the costs involved is getting to much.
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Postby Heli » Fri May 24 2019, 04:14

Try a different provider for your blood test: that can often lower the 'apprehension' rise that often occurs with tests. I had a heart specialist who was so negative (CASA treadmill test) that I changed to another chosen at random: first comment from the new guy was how low and healthy my BP is Oc:=
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Postby Vortexsting » Fri May 24 2019, 06:12

Removed my post as I was incorrect I thought dui was a traffic offence and didn’t have to declare however looked at casa website and you need to declare dui if occurred last 5 years.

In saying that though maybe once you have done 5 years of testing after applying you are in the clear?
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Postby hand in pants » Fri May 24 2019, 20:13

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that caa has been getting increasingly nosey. My private life is my private life, none of their business. What I do in my own time has absolutely nothing to do with them. As long as I turn up to work fit and well and drug and alcohol free, I should be good to go.

The term "invasion of privacy" is starting to rare its ugly head.
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Postby bigglesbutler » Sat May 25 2019, 00:03

I would second the idea of changing DAME or whoever is stressing you out, white coat hypertension is a real thing in that you get stressed and up the blood pressure goes. Find a nice calm and reassuring DAME to do the test. Alternatively phone the medical branch at CASA and have a chat, explain the situation and seek their advice, I did that recently and the lady was lovely. At the end of the day by talking to them you are showing a willingness to make things work, do it properly and ensure their rules are met.

Good luck

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Postby arrrj » Tue May 28 2019, 16:31

Jkh14,

a) if you have high blood pressure, this is easily fixed with medication. Taking such medication does not (should not) affect your CASA medical - other than the fact that when the DAME measures your BP, you will pass. And more likely live longer as well. I take it, and have for some years...after my DAME suggested I should. Well done to her.

b) regarding the DUI. I agree with the others. I would call CASA and have a chat. Explain your situation. It does seem pretty unreasonable, they may well understand.

That said, I am with HIP...as a bloke of a similar vintage, I am mindful of the ever increasing vigilance on my "health".

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