Saturday, April 28, 2012

Managing a higher altitude

When my doctor heard we were traveling to a higher altitude from Yuma she emailed me this need to know info.  I explained that we have been in higher elevations before however she said "but you are older now".    The NERVE!!  There is one couple here that the wife has not been outta bed for four days.  We on the other hand are doing fine and taking it slow.  After all we are aged ;(

Things You'll Need

  • Water and other liquids
  • Over-the-counter pain reliever
  • Motion sickness medicine 
  • Try to ease your way into high altitudes. If you’re driving, spend a few nights at moderate altitude (5,000 to 6,000 feet) before climbing to your destination. Don’t go from flatland Kansas to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in one day.
  • Drink plenty of clear liquids. The low humidity at high altitude tends to dehydrate you, which can make you feel sick. To do the most good, start consuming liquids a couple days before you arrive at your mountain destination. Water, juice and sports drinks are great options for replenishing lost fluids.
  • Avoid alcohol and excessive salt for a few days before and after your arrival at high altitude. These items exacerbate dehydration.
  • Take it easy for the first few days at high altitude. The reduced amount of oxygen at high altitude puts a strain on your heart and lungs, so let them adjust. Get plenty of sleep—altitude can make you feel lethargic. When you do start being physically active again, go slow. Try a short hike or bike ride first and build up your endurance.
  • Treat your symptoms. Headaches are common, so keep a pain reliever on hand. Nausea is another frequent symptom, so try taking motion sickness medicine and drinking carbonated soda to settle your stomach.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you’ve had altitude sickness before or suspect that you may come down with it, visit your doctor before you travel. He may be able to prescribe medicines that can prevent altitude sickness.
  • If you have heart or lung problems or other serious medical conditions, consult your doctor before traveling to high altitudes.
  • If you have difficulty breathing or experience swelling in your arms or legs, descend to a lower altitude and see a doctor immediately

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Stunning views!!

I will probably bore you to tears for the next few months because of my use of the word STUNNING!!  But let me tell you the views are just beautiful.  The mountains look like they are close enough to touch. I took this out the truck window on the way  to Mammoth Lakes.  Which I will write more about because it's a sweet little village.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Life is about making the right decisions and moving on.

Ah yes the life of a gypsy as my sister likes to call us.  Well I guess we are.  We enjoy the challenges a new area brings.

We shall begin our new challenge by spending the summer here at June Lake.   They have all the typical mountain lake resort goodies going on water sports, fishing, hiking, sunrises and beautiful sunsets.  And what I am looking forward to is the photo opportunities.  I love being in Yuma but there are just so many photos you can take of a cactus.  June Lake is quite close to the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park one of my favorite places.

Mr in his spare time will be replenishing  his inventory of his beaded pieces.  I'm sure he'll be coming up with some new designs.

We'll be pulling out of here in a few days.  And on the way to our destination we'll stop and get in some much needed family time.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Sister and I just had this conversation

It's all about communication.   It's a given hairdresser has a different  measuring instrument in their head than we do.  Explicit communication must be used when communication with a person that has a pair of scissors in her hand. 

So I walk into the salon where I am about to get my hair cut.  Hair cutter person says "wow your hair has really grown".  I say "I know thank heavens I can even get it in a short pony tail thingy".  "But the sides don't seem to be growing as fast.  Should WE shorten the back a bit so it could grow out together with the sides and it would be a short bob with some good layers"?  "Sure" she says.  "Let's go shampoo".

Friends I did not stress on the phrase A BIT!!   I now have a very short back that matches up to the sides, it's cute but it's shorter than I wanted.  But then again it's only hair and it will grow.  We put a few hi-lites in it.  I'll put my color on today.  Then don my Easter bonnet tomorrow.  Pardon me while I go look for my biotin.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I hate to admit my husband is right

but maybe I am a klutz. And maybe I should be more careful when leaping over a brick wall.  It was a short wall.  How the hell did I know the GRAVEL ground was lower on one side than the other.  Stop and think about that. OK got that in your mind have ya.

Here I was doing a favor for a neighbor who has a crummy spring cold didn't feel like going to the market but I would pick up a few things for her.  Then come back and brew up some chicken soup.  Doodles to the rescue with great intentions.  

When I hopped over the wall to run to the market I went down like a load a bricks. In gravel damn it.  I hollered for Mr Doodles.  He came scurrying over, when he saw I was OK all he said was you are such a klutz you were due you haven't had a fall in awhile.

Whaaaaaaa  he hurt my feelings but he did wipe off the gravel,  clean the blood off of me with peroxide and check the bump on my head.  Sat me in a chair outside, got my book and some muscle relaxers with a water chaser.  I would have preferred a corona or a tequila shot but I think he was in charge and I had no room to argue.

So I will admit to many cuts and scrapes, a minor bump on my head and a ton a bruises popping up as I type.  But I will live to see another bruise I'm sure............but right now I annoyed and sore.