I'll be sending out a BIG thank you soon.
In the mean time....
A Six Month Check Up
As I alluded to before, one of the many arduous tasks for any pilot's job is trying to keep it. There’s recurrent check rides every six to eight months, medicals, annual route checks, Transport Canada knocking at the door, annual recurrent training, and any day I go to work we have to be on our game.
For an airline pilot over forty, a medical must be done every sixth months. Part of it requires a pilot to be hooked up to probes for an ECG every year and every two years – blood work.
For blood work, it requires fasting and what a night for that to happen – Halloween! I couldn’t indulge in the mound of candy my son brought home.
Every medical requires a quick eye exam. With me, and others my vintage, we are reluctant to admit glasses are now a part of life. Because of it, it’s a bit of a work out for the nurse. But she handled it well. Then a “pee” in the bottle to check for diabetes and a weight check. I lost 4kgs (9lbs)! I don’t know which is the culprit for the weight loss: this week’s ordeal, my fasting, me carrying extra winter poundage for my spring medical or having changed my work out regime in the gym. Or maybe it’s a combination?
I asked the nurse how pilots react to giving blood. It sounds we are just like the rest of the public. Most tolerate it while others get very light headed. She jokingly says she always takes the ECG reading before taking blood or else the readings would be well…a little high. I must admit, I didn’t watch the needle go in required for the three vials of blood.
The exam with the doctor requires a blood pressure check, peripheral eyesight check, other little tests, and a hernia and prostate check. Ahem….
The doctor was relatively new to the company, but a great guy! I watched him try to read another’s doctors scribble on my file. It took about ten minutes of piecing it all together. For those out there (I think I mentioned this before) if you have computer skills/medical background then there is a niche to be filled. Putting the patients medical history on a file…so all the doctor has to do… is peruse over the patient’s file. Of course it must be Transport Canada approved so good luck with that part. :) :)
Well... I get to keep my license for another six months!
Also on Halloween I received a call from crew sked, my annual route check has been moved up two months. This Wednesday (tomorrow) I get to fly with a “check pilot” for two days making sure Captain Doug sticks to the script!
It's good to be back. My wife may not be so happy but....