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More pictures to follow soon, Cape Town tomorrow then on the Vegas in a few weeks!

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Sea Dream Blog February 22nd

Sea Dream Blog February 22nd :

This morning we had anchored in the river of Lago Carauacu and we sent our gusts in zodiac trips from 0615 and 0730 in four boats on itch excursions. The guests and crew enjoyed it very much as the four experts we have was very informative about what to be seen and they observed a lot before coming back to SeaDream II for breakfast. Lunch they when we where sailing the river until Itacoatiara where we anchored at 1700 hrs. The two very nice and very good pilots left us for going back to Santana and their family. We have recived the two pilots sailing us to Manaus arriving tomorrow morning. To day we have seen a lot along the river and just before sunset we had many Pink Dolphins around the yacht. We had the Club Member Party taking place in our Main Salon as there was so many onboard we can not accommodate them in the Library as we normally do. I have to say it again another great day on our Amazon journey, the sunset was again spectacular and beautiful with a lot of activities going on around and aboard.

Captains Blog February 22 2012

Sea Dream 2 Captains Blog
February 21st :
Today we arrived at Parintins to see the Boi Bumba show. Today it was the RED team so we all had to have some red colors on. The guests and crew who went there, came back with a happy smile because 50 minute show was fantastic color and full of intensive and rhythm.
This morning we anchored in the middle of the river with a strong current of about 5 knots. We used our tender and zodiac’s to transport our guests to shore and back. During the day it’s very hot outside so we plan to do as much as we can in the early morning and late afternoon, and just sail and chill out during the mid-day.
All are back onboard and we are underway to our next stop Lago Carauacu where we will zodiac our guests into the lake for an excursion with our expedition team early morning at around 0630AM. Another good day aboard SeaDream II. More pictures will come, I am sure. Also visit SeaDream’s Facebook page for photos.

3 Sleeps to Go

I can’t believe it’s almost here already, the trip that has been booked for over a year and OH SO MUCH has happened during that year, in fact it’s probably been one of the most eventful years of my life for many reasons.

SO much planning has gone into this trip to Peru: The Inca Trail, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu and Cusco. Cusco is the most likely destination whwere we would possibly have to deal with altitude sickness, hopefully our rapid intake of Gingko Biloba will see us through.

After a week in the mountains we come down to sea level, well, river level at least as we sail through Brazil from Iquitos to Belem and finishing off at Barbados after almost a month. Watch this space, depending on internet access, I hope to be posting LOTS of photos!

 

One thing is for sure, after 3 weeks aboard sea Dream 2, I’ll be adding a few pounds, looks like it will be back to  Weight Watchers once I get back , but, until then….I’m going to ENJOY every meal!!

Am I REALLY THAT much of a GEEK??

We’re going to be away from home for quite a long time on this trip to Machu Picchu and the Amazon, almost a month in total and probably most of it without full internet access!! EEEEEEK !!!

SO this means what??? Well for me, LOTS of reading, books to catch up on, etc. I’m just in the process of choosing what to take, best seller lists, here I come!

Although, I keep saying I’m NOT going to do any work, there is one project that I hope to work on while I’m away, I’m currently writing an eBook on how small businesses can use Linkedin to their benefit , so one of my Kindle ‘holiday reads’ will be ‘The Power Formula for Linkedin Success.”

Oh no! Does that REALLY mean I’m a true GEEK?

 

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Altitude Sickness Remedies Cusco, Peru

I’ve done SO much research about what we might expect from having altitude sickness when we visit Cusco in Peru.

I visited my doctor today to check on various ways of stopping any altitude sickness before it starts. This is the link to the information on altitude sickness we found, she was actually very helpful and found alternative medication to ACETAZOLAMIDE ( Diamox) which I won’t be able to take as I have had previous reaction to sulphur-based medications. The medication plan for me will be Dexamethasone and Serevent ( an inhaler) . Luckily for my husband, NOT having any prior reactions to sulpha based drugs he will be able to take ACETAZOLAMIDE.

HOWEVER, my research into altitude sickness solutions did bring up the fact that Gingko Biloba can be an effective natural remedy to altitude sickness SO together with the circulation enhancing properties of Ginko Biloba and the ‘relaxing’ properties of chewin and ifg Coca Leaves and drinking Coca Leaf tea we should be in for a very interesting few days!

Limited evidence indicates that an herbal remedy, gingko biloba, may prevent altitude sickness when started before ascent. The usual dosage is 100 mg every 12 hours.”

“Altitude sickness may develop in travellers who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500 m, including those in previously excellent health. Being physically fit in no way lessens the risk of altitude sickness. Those who have developed altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents and higher altitudes. Symptoms of acute mountain sickness, the most common form of the disorder, may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, malaise, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by breathlessness and chest tightness, which are signs of pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), or by confusion, lethargy, and unsteady gait, which indicate cerebral edema (brain swelling).

Altitude sickness may be prevented by taking acetazolamide 125 or 250 mg twice daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side-effects include increased urinary volume, numbness, tingling, nausea, drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence. Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy.

For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, an alternative is dexamethasone, which has been shown to prevent acute mountain sickness and high-altitude cerebral edema (but not pulmonary edema). The usual dosage is 4 mg four times daily. Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude, since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced. Dexamethasone is a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom steroids are contraindicated. For those at risk for high-altitude pulmonary edema, one option is to take oral nifedipine 10 or 20 mg every 8 hours. A newer treatment is prophylactic inhalation of 125 mcg of salmeterol (Serevent)every 12 hours, which was recently shown to reduce the risk of high-altitude pulmonary edema in those with a prior history of this disorder.

Limited evidence indicates that an herbal remedy, gingko biloba, may prevent altitude sickness when started before ascent. The usual dosage is 100 mg every 12 hours.

Other measures to prevent altitude sickness include:

  • Ascend gradually or by increments to higher altitudes
  • Avoid overexertion
  • Eat light meals
  • Avoid alcohol

The symptoms of altitude sickness develop gradually so that, with proper management, serious complications can usually be prevented. If any symptoms of altitude sickness appear, it is essential not to ascend to a higher altitude. If the symptoms become worse or if the person shows any signs of cerebral or pulmonary edema, such as breathlessness, confusion, lethargy, or unsteady gait, it is essential to descend to a lower altitude. A descent of 500-1000 meters is generally adequate except in cases of cerebral edema, which may require a greater descent. Travelers should not resume their ascent until all symptoms of altitude sickness have cleared. Supplemental oxygen is helpful if available. Acetazolamide, dexamethasone, and nifedipine may all be used to treat altitude sickness as well as prevent it. In most cases, acetazolamide is recommended as prevention, and dexamethasone and nifedipine are reserved for emergency treatment. Nifedipine is preferable to dexamethasone for high-altitude pulmonary edema.

Travel to high altitudes is generally not recommended for those with a history of heart disease, lung disease, or sickle cell disease. It is also not recommended for pregnant women.

Sea Dream 2 Captains Blog Day 3

Sea Dream 2 Captain’s Blog Day 3

Today we have been all day at sea on the same course, 127 SE for Devil’s Island and we are facing a very strong current against us. We knew that there would be a current against us. Normally in February this current going NW along the coast has an average of 1 to 1 ½ knots. But I think we are facing stronger; up to 3 – 4 knots against us and with a swell of 2- 3 meters. We have a challenge to make it to Iles Du Salute and Devil’s Island on time or before sunset.
Today there was some “motion in the ocean” but most of the guests have been outside enjoying a sunny day and walking on deck (16 laps on Deck 6 = one mile). Our guest photographer, Sue Flood did a very nice lecture this afternoon. I know that many of our guests are waiting for the Amazon River and the adventure ahead. The sunsets on the river are absolutely fantastic .
Have a great evening all…. from a yacht sailing against the Guiana Current.

Sea Dream 2 Captain’s Blog

Day 1

Just departed Tobago and heading 127 SE for another 553 n.miles before we set for Iles du Salut on Devil’s Island. The wind is the same as yesterday, around 13 knots from ENE and there is some “motion in the ocean”. The wind is supposed to decrease in the next few days but the swell from the north will be 2-3 meters.

Today in Tobago we had the last of the Caribbean before we start our adventure in South America and the Amazon. Some of the Officers went all the way up to Flagstaff Mountain over looking Man of War Bay and down trough the rainforest. It was a great day with swimming and waters sports. Some guests went on tour, others just enjoyed the yacht the first day of this 20 day’s journey.

Tonight is the Captain’s Welcome and the introduction of the Senior Officers. It might be lobster on the menu tonight. Have a great evening all. Sailing SE towards the Equator and our adventure

 

Day 2

All guests onboard and emergency drill done, as always before we sail. We’ll stay longer in Bridgetown, Barbados this evening so guests can enjoy Dinner on Deck. Then we will sail for Tobago, arriving tomorrow morning. The weather for the next few days is looking good with ENE winds around 11 to 15 knots and a swell about 1.5 to 2 meters.

Everybody onboard is excited about this adventurous voyage; sailing the Amazon through Brazil, Colombia and ending up in Peru. We will have a few days on the Atlantic Ocean before we will meet the great river. Have a great evening from all of us onboard, we have the yacht ready to sail.

Sea Dream 2 Starts Inaugural Voyage on the Amazon River

It’s exciting to see that Sea Dream 2 has started has started her inaugural voyage on the River Amazon. Like her Facebook page to follow her journey.

Whitney Houston now at peace

I was SO sad to hear the passing of Whitney Houston, a day her voice was up there with the greatest singers of all time. who can forget her incredible performance in the movie the bodyguard,  with Kevin Costner. as with other unbelievable singers, such as Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson to name just two, Gone Too soon!