So it finally happened to me, age caught up with me and I have a new medical issue to deal with. I’ve been reading the forums for a few years and learned alot (thank you to all of you) now I’m finally posting. I really need your advice on how to deal with this issue as it relates to NMC. I’ve just been diagnosed with paroxysmal (meaning occasional) atrial fibrillation. The doctor has prescribed a medicine to control the heart rhythm and a blood thinner. He said because I’m very healthy and active this is a fairly common issue and most likely won’t cause a problem for me since we caught it early and are managing it. He said he has airline pilots flying with this condition. I requested and he gave me all my test results, records and a fit for duty letter.
I’ve read every thread I could find and I already know I’m in for a long, drawn out, stressful situation with NMC. So…what now? One guy told me to just get my regular coast guard 2 year physical, disclose everything and submit to NMC? Is that correct? Had another advise, “say nothing” (I won’t go that route). How far back will NMC want me to provide medical records? Does NMC get them direct from the provider or do I have to track them down? Can I work during the 6 months (estimate) while NMC evaluates? If I take a sign-on (I sail union) physical and disclose this but don’t have a waiver will the doctor reject me until I get the waiver?
So confused, a bit scarde (about not being able to work for a long, long time) and would really appreciate any input and advice your willing to give.