Sunday after the dives, I went home and was quite tired so went to sleep very early, not abnormal when I have had a high nitrogen load, also it is exam season and I am a teacher so that was fine.
The doctor was not convinced of DCI, but did a physical. Nothing significant until the neuro exam, which showed a decrease since my last medical, that he completed two months prior. I went in the chamber, better safe than sorry.
After treatment using RNT 62
- Descend to 18msw over 2-5 minutes, stopping only if the diver or tender has difficulty clearing ears
- Treatment time starts once 18m depth is reached
- Once at 18m, the diver should be re-assessed to establish any change in symptoms
- If symptoms have remained unchanged or have not completely resolved after 3 oxygen sessions at 18m, the treatment profile may be extended by at least two, twenty minute oxygen sessions, separated by air breaks
- If symptoms recur during the ascent to 9msw, the decompression should be halted and the diver recompressed slowly until resolution of symptoms occur or a maximum depth of 18msw is reached
- Symptoms may recur at 9m, depending on the severity and after consultation with the duty diving doctor, the diver may be recompressed to 18msw or the table extended at 9msw
- The tender breathes Oxygen on the ascent from 18-9msw, 30 minutes at 9msw and the ascent from 9msw to the surface
- Descend to 14msw over 5 minutes (being prepared to halt treatment for ear equalisation problems)
- Treatment time starts at 14msw
- Tender breathes oxygen for the last 10 minutes and the ascent to the surface
Its also important that if anyone does not 'feel right' after diving be that in the pool or open water it is raised with a member of the team, so we can discuss and guide.. But at the end of the day MDC are on call 24 x 7 and always happy to take that call. There are cards in the shop that you can put in your purse or wallet, so no excuse not to have the number handy.
And most importantly remember your treatment is free and provided by the National Health Service, so a service as divers we should fight to protect.