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Altitude sickness

PERU | Sunday, 1 May 2005 | Views [2755] | Comments [3]

I was trekking at 14,500 feet and started to feel very ill. I had loss of mental ability. Immediatly I decended to the altitude which I had slept at the night before. The next day, I descended further to Cusco, Peru. I felt better that night, but on awaking the next morning, I felt ill and my girlfriend got a doctor. Upon arriving at the hostal the doctor preformed test, much like a sobriety test. I failed these test and was admitted to the Clinica Pardo where I was treated for high-altitude cerebral edema. That night I also developed symtoms of giardia, which was confirmed by tests the next morning. All together I spent three night in the Clinic being treated for both illnesses.

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1

What is cerebral edema and giardia? Oh how scary this would have been?! Did your girlfriend freak out or was she calm?

  Henri Apr 5, 2007 10:19 AM

2

Try wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebral_edema

"Oedema is an excess accumulation of water ... in the brain."

  simon_monk Apr 5, 2007 11:56 AM

3

Mu husband died in Cusco November 2007 of altitude sickness. You have to take it seriously.

  margaret May 10, 2008 3:06 PM

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