CaptBoo wrote:If I'm remembering my pilot training a few decades ago, commercial airlines pressurize the cabin to the equivalent of 5,500 feet altitude above sea level. I live at 7,000 feet. For me the plane ride is more pressure than home. If I had the procedure close to home, would you recommend I not drive to the house for three days? Of course it is a rhetorical question since the only places I've heard of doing it are near sea level. Could this be a factor?
I worry about the pressurization and the force while taking off. I amused my daughter to no end by holding by breath at the end of expiration in the belief that it might fill up my jugulars while we were taking off. "Breathe," she'd say, occasionally, and we'd laugh, we were having fun. I also visualized steel girders holding them veins open.
It's interesting, though, you're right about most places that are doing the procedure being at sea level.
Pressurization aside, the recommendation to not go home for a few days was a good one, I definitely would not have been well enough on Sunday and it would've been questionable on Monday, even. Going to the museum was less of an outing that an airport journey would've been, but the museum did me in.
Today we were able to squeeze in a visit to the South Side seaport area, with the cobblestone streets and old buildings. From there we walked over to Wall Street, which was right there, and toured old Trinity church, and stood on the spot where George Washington took the oath of office. Then to the airport and home. Quite a big day, I am holding up well.