2 December 2017 Battling Altitude Sickness

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Linda Nolle
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Altitude sickness

I read your entry with interest! The explanation and various causes of this condition are rarely discussed.
Sure hope you are adjusting so you can continue your research!
Thanks for sharing this information.

Hi Linda, thanks for your

Hi Linda, thanks for your interest! I hope you keep following the journals. Each day gets better, but the scientists that work at the South Pole definitely have some harsh conditions that they are working under!

Dahlia
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Morning Pod Questions

Interesting post! Here are the questions for this journal! We have quite a few:

1. Did you take the medicine?
2. How long did your altitude sickness last for?
3. How are the traversers affected psychologically?
4. Why do the tractors only go 6 mph? Do they have other speeds? Do they have cruise control?
5. Do they have oxygen masks available to help with breathing?

Hi morning pod!

Hi morning pod!

  1. I did take the medicine, and it definitely helped me acclimate.
  2. My altitude sickness lasted for about the first three days. I'm still getting better each day, and I'm told that in two to three weeks I won't be short of breath climbing stairs.
  3. I have a video that I'll try to post (if not from the Pole, then when I get back to more consistent internet) about the life of a traverser. It gets pretty lonely during the solo drives, but the scenery is beautiful so most traversers don't mind the hard work and long days.
  4. The tractors are pulling a lot of equipment so on the way up to the Pole they can only go about 6mph. On the way back they are a few miles per hour faster. But also imagine there are no roads where they are traveling. They are in steep mountain ranges with lots of snow, so it is important to take the trek slowly and carefully. If something breaks, they are the ones who need to fix it - and that can be a very cold job.
  5. In medical there is oxygen available if someone does not react well to the high altitude. But that usually also means you'll be placed on the next available flight to McMurdo and taken back to sea level.

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