So for those not aware, there is a nice little mnemonic pilots can use to access if they are fit to fly. It’s IM SAFEIllness – any symptoms of illness that might affect you in flight? Mediciation – any prescription or over-the-counter drugs affecting your flight skills? Stress – Stressed or other emotions that might interfere with judgement, etc? Alcohol – Any after effects of alcohol in your system? Fatigue – Have you gotten enough sleep? Eating (or Emotion) – Are you nourished? (I think Emotion is mixed in with stress more)
Since coming back from Paris, I haven’t been doing much. I’m in between gigs and just been laying on the couch a bunch suffering from jetlag. Jake got called into work and has been complaining for a few days about being achy and then feeling weak and low energy. I start to think he had the flu. He called out sick in the middle of his trip and came home last night with a fever of 104 looking quite awful. He admitted it was the flu. I took my temperature on his way home and I had one of 100.8. Uh oh! No I can’t be sick right now before starting check ride prep!
He came back and I took care of him. I felt mostly fine and wasn’t having the reaction he was. I was starting to feel a bit achy. I knew I was already infected if I was showing symptoms or not. I didn’t want to get my CFI sick even though we were planning on me doing a solo cross-country to finish up my requirements there.
I was hoping more than thinking when I woke up I wouldn’t have a fever. Jake already knew he wasn’t allowing me to go to my lesson. At 7am I rolled over to my alarm and checked my temperature, 104 degrees now. I felt really cold, but otherwise fine. I didn’t believe it but obviously I couldn’t go flying with that, especially solo because if my condition deteriorated quickly I’d be in trouble.
So no flying today, hopefully on Wednesday I’ll be better. But at least I used IM SAFE.