Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Altitude Redux

Back in April, I had some less-than-fun times with altitude sickness at the Grand Canyon. I got the whole drill: headache, nausea, inability to sleep, shortness of breath, extreme exhaustion. Basically, I experienced all the non-dangerous systems.

Good thing; if I'm going to get sick, I'd much prefer that it not be dangerous.

Denver was not a problem. We spent all our time a meager mile or so above sea level. The drive over the Rockies was a different matter. It never even occurred to me to worry about a few hour's drive.

I had problems just before we hit the Eisenhower Tunnel. At 10,158 feet, it was just too high. I had an instant headache, nausea and even some difficulty catching my breath. I was so exhausted that I had to stop driving and let CKL take over.

Turns out, my bout of altitude sickness made me the lucky one. As the passenger, I got to spend all my time marveling at the beauty of the Rockies. CKL had to watch the road.

Sorry, dude.

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At August 13, 2008 at 1:58 PM , Blogger CKL said...

Alternate title for this post: "DeeAnn does not like to get high." :)


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