On day three of my last four day I was a bit stuffy. Assumed it was allergies.
Pilots can't take just anything while on the job. I've learned (through research Here's one site ) what I can take and still fly. The easy way to rule items out are if they include terms like, "May cause Drowsiness, Don't operate heavy machinery, Don't take with alcohol, Don't take while flying an airplane." I've never actually seen that last one....but I bet it's out there.
I took an over the counter decongestant from a local Wal-Mart. Felt better. Used a little Afrin nose spray as well.
The next morning I thought I was fine.
Climbing up to altitude I felt pretty good. No congestion or stuffiness.
Pressure. I watched the cabin rate monitor descend. I was happy when it reached it's final altitude.
I wiggled my jaw and yawn a bunch to clear my ears. A little better.
Once at the gate though I banged out sick.
That was Saturday.
Sunday I felt no better.
Last night I was sneezing and a little congested.
Supposed to do a very easy 2 day trip today.
Banged out sick again.
Off till next Sunday.
It is much easier being "sick" in base versus commuting. I would hate to be congested and try to commute home...plus one requires special permission to non-rev after calling in sick as my company assumes it you're to sick to work then you;re to sick to nonrev.