Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

  1. #1
    mastory is offline Just Browsing
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

    I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy but have never had problems with it at my job. I work inshore on a tug boat. The CG has sent me a notice of a hearing to revoke my license. Is there any help out there for a civilian vs. the CG?
    Share on Facebook

  2. #2
    ForkandBlade's Avatar
    ForkandBlade is offline Old Salt
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Exmore, VA
    Posts
    264
    Thanks
    69
    Thanked 154 Times in 73 Posts

    Default Re: Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

    You mean endorsement right?
    Share on Facebook

  3. #3
    AB Murph is online now Old Salt
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    251
    Thanks
    36
    Thanked 48 Times in 35 Posts

    Default Re: Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

    Never heard of someone walking into a doctors office for a yearly checkup and coming out diagnosed with narcolepsy? Did the company send you there to get checked up on? Are they a few write up on you for sleeping on watch? I mean How did this come about? Did you fall asleep in the doctors office?

    I've personally have only seen one case and that was in the Navy. They kicked him out of the Nuc program and was sent to sea as and Seaman. He was finally kicked out of the Navy after 3 years. He would fall asleep while driving the ship. It wasn't like you would see in the movies like all of a sudden, but would happen in a 2 minute span.
    Share on Facebook

  4. #4
    U.S. Marine (ret) is offline gCaptain Crew
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Australia (Gold Coast)
    Posts
    48
    Thanks
    32
    Thanked 11 Times in 8 Posts

    Default

    ForkandBlade, there are plenty of ways to be witty and sarcastic but in this circumstance pull your head in and exercise some tact. The fella's livelihood is at stake and he is asking a very fair question. Scurry back to Facebook with the rest of your classmates.
    Share on Facebook

  5. #5
    ForkandBlade's Avatar
    ForkandBlade is offline Old Salt
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Exmore, VA
    Posts
    264
    Thanks
    69
    Thanked 154 Times in 73 Posts

    Default Re: Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

    I've posted too many self portraits in my car on facebook already today. I might have to get a Twitter account and follow the Kardashian brother or something to occupy my time.
    Share on Facebook

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to ForkandBlade For This Useful Post:

    Flyer69 (February 6th, 2013)

  7. #6
    BargeMonkey is online now Old Salt
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Northern N.Y
    Posts
    302
    Thanks
    446
    Thanked 165 Times in 94 Posts

    Default Re: Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

    Buy the best doctor you can, and fight it. The real question is, how did they find out, did you know you had it, and they caught you, because thats usually the case when they go to suspend someones ticket. I understand your worried about your job, but the coast guard has really been on top of physicals anymore, any minor thing is sent to the medical review board. If i get one more dumb ass kirby tankerman, over to our boat asking about a job, with his "tankerman license" im going to scream.
    Share on Facebook

  8. #7
    miami is offline gCaptain Crew
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    53
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Default

    If you really have narcolepsy, sad to say but this job is not right for u. This is to keep you and the crew out of danger...i know you never had a problem with this, but its not impossible to happen the first time...I suggest that you go and check with different Dr.'s and confirmed if you really got it....If you got it and uscg takes your endorsement...im sure I will be dissapointed but it is the right thing to do, in order to keep you away from a whole lot of troubles if......just my opinion...
    Share on Facebook

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to miami For This Useful Post:

    SUNYgrad (February 6th, 2013)

  10. #8
    seriously's Avatar
    seriously is offline gCaptain Crew
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    109
    Thanks
    75
    Thanked 29 Times in 22 Posts

    Default Re: Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

    I just renewed an they gave me a medical waiver for a head injury. I now have to have a neurology review every year to keep my credentials. It might be worth looking into something similar for yourself.
    Share on Facebook

  11. #9
    catherder's Avatar
    catherder is online now Top Contributer
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Right place, wrong time
    Posts
    1,501
    Thanks
    517
    Thanked 639 Times in 395 Posts

    Default Re: Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

    Quote Originally Posted by mastory View Post
    I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy but have never had problems with it at my job. I work inshore on a tug boat. The CG has sent me a notice of a hearing to revoke my license. Is there any help out there for a civilian vs. the CG?
    You may want to search for a maritime attorney who is well versed in these matters. He/she can help steer you through the hearing and appeals process. Be prepared to spend a lot of dough. Look for maritime attorneys/maritime injury attorneys. I believe first consult is free. Good luck.
    Share on Facebook

  12. #10
    tugsailor is offline Top Contributer
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    2,423
    Thanks
    879
    Thanked 1,036 Times in 581 Posts

    Default Re: Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

    First, you should get a second opinion on that diagnosis from on of the top 10 narcolepsy specialists in the USA. Then if you do have it, see what he recommends for a treatment and/or management plan.

    The first thing a lawyer would have to do anyway is hire a medical expert. Furthermore, this is definitely not a maritime law issue. Its an administrative law issue.
    Share on Facebook

  13. #11
    Douglas McArthur Kelley is offline Just Browsing
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Age
    33
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Re: Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

    Narcolepsy is a treatable although not curable syndrome
    Share on Facebook

  14. #12
    capnfab is offline gCaptain Crew
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Baltimore
    Posts
    171
    Thanks
    149
    Thanked 137 Times in 67 Posts

    Default Re: Losing AB license due to sleep disorder

    Quote Originally Posted by miami View Post
    If you really have narcolepsy, sad to say but this job is not right for u. This is to keep you and the crew out of danger...i know you never had a problem with this, but its not impossible to happen the first time.
    I would agree with this.

    A true story..not to make light of narcoleptics, but this one is a dark humor kind of thing.

    I had a deckhand with me at McAllister in Baltimore back in the 90's. He was/is narcoleptic and I saw him nod out a few times before my very eyes. Very dangerous thing on a ship docking tug (or any vessel for that matter).

    One springtime afternoon on the old "Britannia", we were heading down river for an inbound ship. The "JP" had already picked up the docking pilot over at Dundalk and I was slow belling it towards the Key Bridge. The chief was either in the engine room or back in his room and I could hear the deckhand in the galley rattling pots and pans around.

    Enjoying the beautiful weather, all windows down, I gave little thought to the deckhand down below as we passed the west channel of Dundalk.

    10 or 15 minutes went by and the peace was shattered by a blood curdling scream from below.

    I pointed the boat towards number four anchorage stopped the engine and let her drift out of the Fort McHenry channel and dashed below.

    Upon entering the galley, I saw my deckhand with what looked like a frying pan glued to the side of his head. During the warm weather, we normally used a two burner electric hot plate instead of the oil fired stove. The hot plate would sit atop the cold iron stove.

    As I was to find out, the deckhand had turned on the hot plate and placed the frying pan on it while making his hamburger patty. While he was waiting for the element to heat up and the pan to get hot, he nodded out and dropped the right side of his face into the frying pan. The scream I had heard was his coming to as the pan became red hot, cooking the side of his face & head!

    Poor bastard I thought! I headed back out and up to the wheelhouse, called the dispatcher on the house VHF channel to arrange an ambulance to meet us over at Dundalk. The chief kept him company in the galley until we got alongside, urging him NOT to try and remove the frying pan from the side of his face until we got help.

    Too this day, I can't fry a hamburger without thinking of that poor deckhand and the frying pan stuck to the side of his face. So much for those "non stick" surfaces.
    Share on Facebook

  15. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to capnfab For This Useful Post:

    capbubba (February 13th, 2013), seadog6608 (February 14th, 2013)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •