Last night I had a bit better sleep. I still had some episodes of suffocation, and spent the first half of the night cough badly. The cough subsided finally and I got a couple of hours of sleep. Before getting out of my sleeping bag I decided to take a rest day today. This rest day most likely means I will have to cancel the add-on part of the trek to Gokyo Lakes, which is probably for the best the way I’m feeling anyway. I will focus on getting to Everest Base Camp and then see what happens.
Given that I am having issues with altitude at Namche Bazar at only 11,500 ft, I will need to proceed slowly and with caution. I have plenty of time, my flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu is not until the 26th of March, 11 days for what is normally a 8-9 day trek to base camp from Namche. One day at a time.
I spent the day mostly lying in my sleeping bag, doing NYT crossword puzzles and dosing off and on. I had only minor episodes of the periodic breathing that plagued me the last 2 nights. Additionally, I’ve started taking Diamox, the recommended drug for the prevention of altitude sickness. Downside is it makes you pee a lot. Won’t be fun getting out of a warm sleeping bag a few times every night.
Its now evening and I’m sitting around the electric heater (only source of heat in the building) with Bhakti my guide, and Gokul, my porter. They take care of my every need, and I am confident I am in good hands.