Coming Up for Air: Altitude Sickness

Coming Up for Air: Altitude Sickness

Nothing like finishing up a Spring Break vacation with an illness. About Thursday or Friday, I started feeling unwell: sore throat, hacking cough, headache, general achiness. It wasn’t too bad, so I skied some Friday and felt okay. Our drive home Saturday and Sunday, however, had me feeling pretty bad. Monday the symptoms were full-blown and Tuesday was worse. This morning I feel better, not 100% but I’ll take what I can get. After checking WebMD (not infallible), I think I had a case of altitude sickness.

“Altitude sickness can occur when you travel too quickly to a high altitude, where there is less oxygen and reduced air pressure. It is especially common at altitudes above 8,000 feet. Altitude sickness can cause headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, cough, confusion, and shortness of breath. In severe cases, it can cause death.”

Now I don’t think I was/am anywhere near death, but it’s interesting that the symptoms came on so late in the week. I should have been acclimatizing instead of getting worse. Then again, maybe it’s just a cold or the flu. I’m no doctor, nor do I play one on TV. In any case, it’s nice to be back amongst the living.

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2 thoughts on “Coming Up for Air: Altitude Sickness

  1. I think if it were altitude sickness you'd have gotten it sooner. Thing 1 got it in CO on the first or 2nd day then it subsided. Hope you're feeling better!

  2. It is interesting that it came on so late, for sure. I always get a headache the first few days at altitude, then I seem to adjust.

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