Location: Everest Base Camp
Local Time: 17:30 17 April
Weather: Overcast, 5C
Hi It's Paul here. Last night
Fiona woke up with a sore throat, which has been the precursor of the upper
respiratory infection that has been moving through our team. We immediately
started antibiotics, not because its going to have much effect on the sore
throat, but it will hopefully prevent it from becoming a lung infection. This
is what happened to me - sore throat, started to get better, but then I
developed a lung infection and then the sore throat got worse.
Visited the HRA medical
We went to the HRA medical clinic again today, and they said I am looking much
better - my lungs sound clear and my sore throat is nearly gone. It does flair
up when I am exposed to cold dry air so I try to wear a mask when ever
possible, including while sleeping. In one or two days I should be fine.
Sore throats are a Virus
The doctors believe that the sore throats are viral, so antibiotics won't be
any help. Vitamin C, salt water gargle, steam inhalation and a mask are their
recommendations. We are following these closely. The doctors here do a great
job in what can only be said are less than ideal conditions; their advice and
help has certainly been appreciated by Fiona and I.
Lower oxygen means things
don't heal quickly
Up here things take so long to heal. I got a small cut on my thumb on the
first day we arrived to base camp, and two weeks later its still basically an
open wound. At sea level this would have closed over within a day or two.
Hopefully Fiona gets better
soon, otherwise if she takes that same time as me (about a week and a half),
it will start to be a concern for our climbing schedule. At the moment we are
happy to be where we are as we don't want to acclimatize too early. There
haven't been many summits in the first half of May in recent history, so we
are aiming to be ready for the second half of May.
People going up to Camp 1 and
A number of people in our team left for Camp one this morning, and a couple
have already been to camps one and two and are back in base camp. They
reported that it was very cold, but that the views were simply fantastic. We
are keen to go too, but maybe its a blessing in disguise that we can't. We'll
all know in a month or so.
Til next time, Paul