Thursday, February 24, 2011

Enough with the Spinning, Already!

As a private pilot, before I ran out of money for flying, I always wished that I could take aerobatic training and learn to spin an airplane. I never got to do that, but maybe this is the next best thing. (Not.) I recently got my annual inspection—not from the airplane mechanic, but from my doctor—and since I'm over sixty, he recommended that I get the shingles vaccination, Zostavax. So I did.

The only thing is, I woke up the next day with the whirlies, and felt lightheaded and dizzy all day. I went back to the docs, and was told, yeah, that's a known side effect. You might not find it in the usual online references, but in the sources that medical professionals use, it's clearly cited. Okay, I thought. I wish they'd told me beforehand, but still, it's better than getting shingles.

I still think that. But it's been a week now, and I continue to have occasional brief bouts of spinning if I move my head too fast. It's getting better. But I'm pretty ready for it to end. I'd really rather do it in an airplane.



At 7:23 PM, Blogger Ruth Harris said...

Oh, Jeff, that's awful. I've had bouts of vertigo -- which is what I gather you are enduring. Why didn't someone/something tell you ahead of time? Anyway, if you react the way I did, the spinning will gradually subside and finally go away.

Are you *really* planning to try this in a plane again?

At 11:52 PM, Blogger Jeffrey A. Carver said...

Well, I don't foresee having the wherewithal to take up aerobatic flying at this age, and my wife would probably have a heart attack--so, I guess probably not. Still, spin training does make one a better pilot. So, if I sell a lot of ebooks....

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Chris Meadows said...

Clearly, you're not a lily of the valley. :)


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