Attention all flatlanders, if you’re coming to Denver, there is one thing you should know. Â The altitude will kick your butt. You’ll probably notice that breathing is a little more difficult, you may feel a headache coming on, and you’ll be tired.
Here’s what you need to do:
- 1. Drink LOTSÂ OF WATER– yes, you’ll have to potty more often, but believe me, it’s better than getting a blinding headache later.
- 2. DON’T RUSH – no running, hustling, or walking quickly with all your luggage unless you fancy passing out or feeling your heart race. We don’t want to read about our California delegates needing emergency services. There’s a huge crew of “Street Medics,” but may you never need them. If you are overcome by the altitude, you may experience a loss of motor coordination and might look like a rag doll in motion. Some folks find their speech becomes slightly slurred.
- 3. BUY CHLOROPHYLL drops or tablets. The drops turn water a very dark, yucky green, and turn your tongue green for a short time, but it’s totally worth it. You’ll feel like you’re at sea level.
- 4. Take Advil or Ibuprofen – it will lessen the headache effect of high altitude on your body.
- 5. Be cautious about drinking alcohol. Figure that you can only drink half the amount that you usually handle. Believe me, the headache the next morning is NOT worth it. A good rule of thumb is to chase each alcoholic beverage with an 8 ounce glass of water since alcohol dehydrates your body and increases the effect of altitude on your system.
Watching other flatlanders doing the pub crawl tonight, I know there will be plenty of folks tomorrow morning who will be suffering mightily. More on that experience tomorrow…