Living the GeoBachelor dream...
Does your "friend" go to the flight surgeon, because it sounds like he probably should. Also, when you say you don't go to the flight doc, what does that mean in a practical sense?
When it comes to me, I either don’t go to the doctor with an injury, because she is overly aggressive with down chits, or I ask for another doctor when I make an appointment and start the conversation with “I don’t want a down chit” and gauge their reaction before I press forward. You know which one will be a good doc in the first five minutes.
I also have access to lots of veterinarians. And a bachelor’s in Animal Science. And I’ve been treating my own animals for years (under the guidance of good vets); I can suture, splint, and treat injuries better than most people in flight medicine.
Anyone that is friends with me on FB can vouch that I walked off a pretty serious leg injury about six weeks ago. It sucked, I’d have loved some good pain meds, but I’d rather fly. I’m a little jaded after several overly conservative flight docs and watching people go med down for silly shit.
When I finally went to the doc (not mine) to assuage my family he started with “do you want a down chit or to keep flying?” I could have an honest conversation with a doc like that, and I consented to an ultrasound, some meds, and rehab.
And I kept flying, because I could.
Our doc would have downed me.