INTERMOUNTAIN PI | 5/12/2020 | SURVEILLANCE AT HIGH ELEVATIONS
I’ve conducted investigations throughout the west and southwest United States. But it wasn’t until I began working in Colorado that I conducted surveillance at high elevations.
My first case was in Leadville, Colorado. This historic mining town lies on top of a mountain at about 10,000 feet. I live in Utah at about 4,600 feet. As a result, this was a considerable change in elevation for me. So I began to experience altitude sickness soon after my arrival.
Altitude sickness (also known as Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS) occurs when you travel from a lower elevation to a higher elevation within the same 24-hour period. The barometric pressure is lower and the air thinner at higher altitudes. Consequently, your body may fail to acclimate due to the reduced oxygen levels.
Altitude sickness typically begins at about 8,000 to 9,000 feet. Symptoms of altitude sickness can include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Migraine Headaches
I was on a surveillance in Crested Butte, Colorado a couple of months ago. This town lies at about 9,000 feet above sea level. I had left Salt Lake City (4,200 feet) at noon that day and arrived in Crested Butte by 7:30 PM. That was about a 5,000 foot change in elevation in less than 8 hours. Not good. I had a migraine all night. I ended up vomiting my breakfast the next morning. I felt like death on a soda cracker.
It’s important to note that if you conduct surveillance at high elevations you can experience altitude sickness regardless of your age or fitness level. However, there are several ways to deal with it:
- Supplemental Oxygen (local grocery stores actually sell small disposable canisters of oxygen)
- Drink Water (lots of it)
- Load up on Carbs (during this condition about 70% of your calories should come from carbs. Eat Clif Bars (40g), potato chips (15g), Bananas (27g), etc. Anything with lots of carbohydrates.
- Take Ibuprofen or promethazine (for headaches and nausea)
- “Climb High and Sleep Low” is the old saying (if you have surveillance at high elevations try to get a hotel at a lower elevation that evening.)
- Acetazolamide (this is a prescribed medication for glaucoma but it also treats altitude sickness)
- Rest (relax and don’t over do it)
Finally, if you’re experiencing altitude sickness do not smoke. Don’t drink alcohol and don’t exercise. Just rest. Best of luck to you!
Until next time, this is Private Investigator Scott Fulmer reminding you the game…is afoot
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