Monday, June 2, 2008

altitidude sickness

I have not been well. i arrived ,after 36 hours of travel, in cuzco. i spent all day and nigh in bed and felt like i was going to die. i got out of bed twice. once to shower (this one of the few places in the whole country that has hot water)and to eat. my symptoms are similar to a massive hangover. horredous headache,nausea and dizzieness. altitude sickness is when the blood to your lungs gets limited to due to lack of oxygen. (i think). you can take measures to prevent it but one of my roommates said he had done so but still got sick so it really comes down to the individual.
i can definitley fell the air is thinner. i am weezing and just walking down the hall is exhausting. this, fortunately, does not define my athletic ability, for major athetes need to get acclimated as well. there is no real cure for it, but lucky for me i am in peru where this there one thing that cures the symptoms of altitude sickness, coca tea!(not as in chocolate)
i am still having breathing problems but feel so much better! in fact, i feel like i can take on the world.
my plan this week is to just hang out and learn more about the people of cuzco and get acclimated for my trek. two of my roommates are in my group so i plan hanging with those guys.
i have to get back to my tea!

5 comments:

Katie said...

Mate de coca! Pisco! :)

Working at the Yee Agency, thinking about you...

Anonymous said...

Geeze....thats not what I expected to hear! Glad your feeling better...love your blogs, how does the coca tea taste?

~Sherika

sherika said...

Hi again just singned up for blogging no longer anonymous....

Maggie said...

Hi Domina! I know exactly how you feel! It's so horrible...I had altitude sickness once and really thought I was going to die. Luckily for me I left town the following day so went down to lower elevation and felt much better! :) Hope you have a fantastic time and get better quickly. Joshua says HI too.
Maggie

Nomadic Matt said...

I hear altitude sickness is awful...

but i see you tried the natural remedy....

drug addict! :) j/k

feel better!