|Posted on October 8, 2009 at 2:55 PM|
When I visited with my oncologist before the trip, she counseled me on watching out for altitude sickness. I know that my diminished lung capacity would be an issue, but I did not worry about my children.
When we crossed Kansas I was surprised the altitude was at 5,000 feet. Here in NE Ohio, our altitude is only 1,400 feet. And we live in a hilly area. When reached Mesa Verde the altitude begins at 6,800 and reaches over 8,000.
Water, water and more water is the prevention recommendation. We had packed several plastic water bottles that we refilled constantly. I insisted that everyone drink at least two bottles daily outside of meals.
Another recommendation is to eat alot of carbs. I purchased lots of boxes of oatmeal bars, snack packs and nut mixes. Each of us carried a small backpack to keep our snacks, maps, water and neccessaries.
As we climbed in altitude, I did experience difficulties. I was tired, nauseated and dizzy several times. I could feel the lack of oxygen and at times felt as if I was gasping for air.
Since we were not mountain climbing I did not worry about climatizing. We did slowly take our time over the trip and the highest alitude (12,000, Rocky Mountain National Park) was immediately felt by the whole family.
Altitude can be felt by everyone in the group. Not just those that are compromised. I advise any family not used to altitude to be careful, take your time to adjust and DRINK WATER!