A Caution Story: Hypocalcemia and Diamox (Acetazolamide)

In 2006 I had a complete thyroidectomy and suffered some parathyroid complications. Read more about my thyroid story HERE. Pea-sized parathyroid glands (two on each side of your thyroid) sit directly adjacent to the two thyroid lobes in your neck. Parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone, which regulates calcium levels in the blood. Even small changes … More A Caution Story: Hypocalcemia and Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Day 14: The Awe-Inspiring Khumbu Porters

November 17, 2022Start: Namche Bazaar 3440m (11,284ft)Via: Phakding 2610m (8,561ft)Stop: Lukla 2800m (9,381ft)Distance: 18km (11.2 miles) After the coldness of the past weeks, Namche Bazaar doesn’t feel that cold anymore. It’s almost in the realm of comfortable. Almost. We’re up by 5:30am for a long day of hiking back to Lukla. After a whole group … More Day 14: The Awe-Inspiring Khumbu Porters

Day 13: Passing Tengboche

November 16, 2022Start: Pheriche 4371m (14,340ft)Via: Tengboche 3867m (12,687ft)Stop: Namche Bazaar 3440m (11,284ft)Distance: 20km (12.5 miles) Last night I was all tucked in and asleep by 7:40pm. But descending deep into this valley has its consequences. All that pristine, cold, dense Himalayan air has settled in at Pheriche and it feels like our coldest night … More Day 13: Passing Tengboche

Day 10: Convergence

November 13, 2022Start: Dzongla 4830m (15,846ft)Stop: Lobuche 4910m (16,105ft)Distance: 6km (3.7 miles) As usual, we go to bed about 8pm. It feels like I actually get some deep sleep even though I do have periods of sleeplessness. I get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night for a little adventure. … More Day 10: Convergence

Day 6: Gokyo Bubbles

November 9, 2022Start: Machhermo 4470m (14,662ft)Stop: Goyko 4790m (15,711ft)Distance: 7km (4.3 miles) After getting up for the bathroom, I rub my feet until the warmth starts to return. My sleep is so-so because my feet are cold for half the night. Clearly, my fleece socks and down booties aren’t doing the trick. I try taking … More Day 6: Gokyo Bubbles