This is just a very quick message to thank all of you for all your lovely and encouraging messages, which mean a lot to me. And they have helped. I am feeling a lot better, my sats are up to 87 and my pulse is back down to 57.
I spoke to our doctor at base camp yesterday and she is happy to for me to come slowly back up as the rattling in my lungs has disappeared and I can actually walk from the table to the toilet without being completely exhausted and gasping for air.
Dropping down by 1,000m has done me a world of good and it has made me realise once more that the only cure against high altitude sickness is lower altitude – and not drugs. I have stopped the diamox and I also feel a lot better for it.
At this point, I would also like to congratulate my friend and ultrarunner Lizzy Hawker, who has just broken her own world record by running from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu in 63 hours and 8 minutes, a race with her own during which she only slept about FOUR minutes. Well done Lizzy – it puts all our ambitions and plans to climb the 80000m peaks with heaps of support into perspective.
So, once again thank you all so much for your lovely messages – even though this high altitude sickness was brought on by my own stupidity, or maybe even arrogance, thinking that I could defy all rules of acclimatisation! Well, a lesson I have certainly learnt.
I should be out of internet connection again for a while but will try and keep you posted as well as I can.