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The "I STILL feel like crap rant!"

January 13th, 2005 · No Comments

I still feel like crap. I visited the doctor yesterday and was told that I had viral laryngitis. The recommended treatment was what I expected…rest the voice, drink lots of fluids, and take Tylenol and vitamin C. Last night, though, this thing seemed to travel up on me, and now my head is plugged up pretty badly.

If I have a head-cold, I definitely can’t work. The changes in pressure can cause some real pain and discomfort in the sinuses if there’s air in there that can’t escape. The problem is that I’d have to call in sick for work AGAIN. Regardless that I really am sick, it’s going to raise a huge red flag to my chief-pilot, who seems to be less of a pilot’s advocate and more of a company lackey lately. It’s all well and good to tow the company line, but he doesn’t seem to understand that we as pilots need to be allowed to determine whether or not we’re fit for duty. If we’re not, then there should be no questions asked.

I sure hope he doesn’t read internet blogs.

Anyhow, I can see it now. “Glenn, we have a problem. You’ve been sick an awful lot in the last two weeks. It doesn’t seem like you want to come to work much lately. If you’re really sick, that’s fine, but I’ll need a doctor’s note along with a second opinion.” He’ll basically try to guilt me into flying.

On top of all that, I’m supposed to have a proficiency check in the simulator on Saturday in Salt Lake City. If I’m too sick to work, I’m too sick to go do that as well.

I hope I’m feeling markedly better tomorrow.

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