Good for another year.

Discussion in 'Medical Topics' started by Vance Breese, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Vance Breese

    Vance Breese Line Up and Wait

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    I went to the doctor for my second class medical yesterday.

    I am 68 and my father lost his medical when he was mid-50s for heart problems.

    My mother had a pharmacy full of medication for high blood pressure by the time she was my age.

    I felt a lot of apprehension over the process and the potential for it to impact my life in a negative way.

    My last AME, Wallace, used to prescribe medical marijuana and lost that business when they made marijuana legal in California. He decided it was not worth keeping the office open just for his AME business so he retired without notice to his clients.

    I asked my pilot friends and most either used Wally in Lompoc or had some out of the area AME.

    I went on line and found an AME in Pismo Beach, Wendy.

    She looked young enough to be my daughter and asked for my money up front like some other services I used as a youth.

    The physician’s assistant spent some time trying to understand how a person blind in one eye could get a class two medical when vision must be corrected to 20-20. She had not seen a SODA before.

    I failed the eye test and had to go get a note from my ophthalmologist on his prescription pad saying my vision was corrected to 20-20 after a quick eye exam.

    Wendy put in the wrong number and could not get my application from FAA Medxpress.

    Somehow none of this affected my blood pressure although it did raise my resting pulse.

    I was multitasking trying to manage the failed eye test and what I imagined was my wife’s mistake on the number so I took quite a while to pee into a little bottle. They were planning to go to lunch at noon so I had a pee soon or get thrown out of the office.

    With some help from my ophthalmologist and after drinking a lot of water I am good to go for another year.
     
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  2. eman1200

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    congrats kid!
     
  3. frfly172

    frfly172 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Congrats, I’m 71 and still passing my medical,always have a physical from my PCP before going to the AME. Ready to go light sport if I have too.
     
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    Tom-D Taxi to Parking

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    I'm 77 got my third. :) probably the last one.
     
  5. Ryanb

    Ryanb Final Approach PoA Supporter

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  6. Want2fly

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    47 here, i had a heart attack at 45. Just got my first deffered class 3. The trick I learned is to have a specialist in the field of the issue and also be an AME.

    I found a cardiologist, he accepted me as his patient then I made my AME appointment through him. It saved a ton of time with the “have your cardiologist write a letter...”. Not to mention that he already knew what to write and knew what the FAA was looking for.
     
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    Want2fly Pre-Flight

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    While im still waiting for the paper to come in the mail, i got a faxed copy.

    I also understand that I can now just use basicmed
     
  8. Rushie

    Rushie Cleared for Takeoff

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    Wow. Don't you hate when doctors retire and you have to start all over with some young newbie doctor? Congrats for getting it though! :)
     
  9. Vance Breese

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    I feel fortunate that it all worked out. I feel fortunate to enjoy good health as I advance in years despite all my abuse.
     
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  10. JohnWF

    JohnWF Pre-takeoff checklist

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    I am 87 and just let my 3rd class expire and am flying an LSA using sport pilot rules with my PPL and flying as often as the mood and weather allows...hope to make 100 and then quite (maybe)
     
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    should read "then quit" not quite
     
  12. Bill Jennings

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    Congrats! Bruce dropped me a note a couple of days ago and the FAA is demanding another test. Yay!
     
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    mscard88 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    That blows Bill, sorry to hear that.
     
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    Damn! I know that feeling. But it's better than a denial. Keep fighting.
     
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    Yup, glass half full. Test already on the schedule for next Thursday!
     
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    bbchien Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Weeee have great patience here. More patience than money. To each airman how "solid" a case (on the first go) depends on time vs money.