My 16 year old son wants to go to camping for a week the end of July at a camp in Colorado that is at an altitude of over 10,000. Of course the overprotective mother in me doesn't think this is a very good idea - long drive to get there (15ish hours, not sure), sleeping outdoors (bathrooms????), rafting (giardia in the water???).
I always feel kind of yucky at high altitudes and my husband has nearly died. He got altitude poisoning and ended up being studied by at a university hospital in Denver. He had fluid on the brain, his heart and his lungs. He has to take medicine whenever he goes back (which in not often in part because of this).
Aack! Why can't he want to go to camp in a "civilized" area? He has never had a summer without a flare, so if he flares by then, it won't matter (he won't go), but I'd sure hate for him to get there and flare or have a flare caused by the stress of being there. I'm really hoping this can be his first flare free summer since the late 1990's!!
What do you all know about IBD and high altitude? Any experience.
Mom of Son 16 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine, Imuran, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min
Daughter 9 UC dx 08/07 Colazal, 6MP, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle