My colleague Robert tells me he’s been in hospital after getting DVT (deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot) after a flight from New York to London last week. He said he felt fine on the flight, a bit shivery the following day, and then woke up in pain in the night. The blood clot had lodged in his lung, and he was lucky to survive. Now he can’t take exercise, cycle to work or drink alcohol for the next six months.
He said he's a regular flyer but he hadn’t done any of the recommended in-flight exercises.
“I don’t think of New York as a longhaul flight,” he said.
We’ve all read about the dangers of DVT on longhaul, particularly in the in-flight magazines on those inter-continental petchem trips, but Robert is the first real person the Blog has known who has gone down with this. It’s a warning to us all to get wiggling those toes.