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Prayer flags above Dingboche. Lhotse and Island Peak in the background.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Medical problems

 I went for my daily acclimatization hike on May 1 and immediately noticed that my heart was beating erratically and my breathing was quite labored. I returned to my tent and rested for a couple of hours but my breathing didn't return to normal. I visited the HRA docs and they recommended that I go to a hospital in Kathmandu for a proper examination. I flew there on May 2 and was seen at the CIWEC clinic. They diagnosed arrhythmia and advised that I return home for treatment.

I flew out on May 4, quite concerned about the international flight ban that seemed to be a moving target. 

I was seen by the local heart hospital and they recommended that I get a three wire pacemaker to correct the problem! This was not something that I was planning for!!

The surgery was done on May 12 and I am now at home doing my best to heal. One benefit of all of this (besides not possibly dying on my summit push!) is that there's a good chance that I will be faster in the future. My heart was not beating in time and this made it inefficient but the pacemaker will hopefully correct this. I certainly would enjoy that!

As everyone likes to say, the mountain will be there next year. 

1 comment:

  1. Tỷ lệ kèo nhà cái Ma cao là địa chỉ cá cược uy tín hàng đầu giữa thị trường nhà cái đầy sôi động. Truy cập ngay vào trang tỷ lệ kèo nhà cái Macao, người chơi thỏa sức đam mê với nhiều hình thức chơi khác nhau. Cùng tìm hiểu xem vì sao nhà cái Macao lại giàu sức hút như vậy.
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