My husband on the other hand was unsure of his state. His mind was confused between HAS and Common cold. He did feel warm and cosy in sun, but his headache persisted. He was absolutely in no mood for breakfast. He had all possible symptoms of HAS but was in state of denial. And so, I finally decided to utilize our portable Oxygen stock. The canister was only viable for 20 mins or so with both of us using it in turns. Now the task that lay ahead of me was how to feed him at least something. I clearly remember reading this, in not one but many travelogues, that no matter how bad you feel you should never travel empty stomach at high altitudes. I convinced him for a no protein, low carbohydrate option and we headed for breakfast.
Alas…!!! All my efforts went into rut when just after one sip of milk and one bite of toast, he abandoned his breakfast, complaining severe nausea. I was dismayed, as this symptom, was not present earlier and I even thanked my stars for that (perhaps too soon).
I gulped down my cup of milk in a go, gathered our stuff from the tent, thanked the attendant and started our onward journey. I was busy making a mental note of all possible tricks (….which I might someday use on my toddler) to feed my tired, sleepy and HAS affected husband. I was also not supposed to let him sleep as that would have further aggravated his uneasiness. I was getting a feeling that he needs a dose of sugar, but he was not ready to even smell anything except gulping down water.