Well, it's official - as of 10:00 am today my Class 1 medical was officially suspended by the CAA.
Thankfully it wasn't unexpected though. I've had a few problems with my right ear for some time now, and investigation by my doctor revealed that I needed an operation to cure a burst blood vessel in my inner ear.
Unfortunately my local AME in co-operation with the surgeon doing the operation informed me a few weeks ago that he would have to suspend my medical for between 4 and 6 months after the operation for several reasons, mainly because I would have temporary partial or even complete loss of hearing in my right ear while the ear healed itself, the wound inside the ear may still leak fluid for a while after the operation and the pressure build up could cause me problems while flying and lastly the drugs I will be taking to help my ear recover can cause severe side effects such as mild hallucinations and drowsiness and there is no way I would be allowed to fly whilst taking them.
It's a bit of a pain in the arse being "grounded" for 6 months, especially as I am coming to the end of my initial training and was hoping to go to the US in the Autumn (the "fall" to my American cousins) to build hours, but the pain in my ear was becoming more and more uncomfortable and the operation was going to be inevitable anyway so in the long run it will be well worth it.
At the end of the day it will give me lots of opportunity to work on my ATPL course that I've been putting off for as long as possible.
So, have you ever had your medical suspended, be it expected or unexpectedly? Have you ever been close to losing your medical?