January 30, 2012: I get seasick. Chris, much to my amazement and maybe even a little to my chagrin, seems to be utterly immune. Nukaat, on the other hand, is the most affected by the rolling motion of the ocean. I keep telling him to keep his eyes on the horizon, but he just doesn’t seem to listen. Or care. All he wants to do is sleep. In my books, that’s about the worst of all available options, right up there with reading.
If there’s one thing I worry most aboutwhen we eventually head offshore, it’s being debilitated by seasickness to the point of not being a contributing crew member. That, and wondering how kitty will manage on a long passage.
Luckily for me, my seasickness is usually pretty mild. A little queasiness that’s overcome by keeping busy, getting fresh air, watching the horizon (i.e. not going below decks), snacking on dry crackers, drinking plenty of water or ginger ale and sucking on ginger candies. Or returning back to land. Not a biggie if you’re only out for a day trip.
The best cure for sea sickness, is to sit under a tree.
~ Spike Milligan, comedian
Most of my boating experience has been in the protected inshore waters of Georgia Straight. Chop is generally the worst of it there, and chop isn’t a problem. It’s in the bigger rollers, like you find off the coast, where I seem to be most affected. Like on dive boats overseas. The best cure then is jumping in the water and going for a dive. Once I’m underwater, everything is good again.
The best article about Mal de Mer I’ve come across online (so far) has disappeared from the Internet. Quel dommage! But I found this other site, put up by a long suffering sailor, which also provides some good advice.
Unfortunately, once you start to feel the effects of seasickness, it’s usually too late to do much about it other than hurl. So early prevention is the key! Which means take something before you leave the dock or before you start to feel off and avoid spicy, heavy, greasy foods.
Here are some of the preventative remedies we have stocked on board MOKEN:
- fresh water
- dry crackers
- ginger (fresh ginger, ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger candies, crystallized ginger and ginger snaps)
- travel wrist bands
- cinnarazine (brand name Stugeron)
We’re also planning to add a few more to our seasickness prevention kit:
- ginger capsules, ginger powder and ginger gum
- dimenhydrinate (brand name Gravol)
- meclozine (brand name Dramamine, Sea Legs or Bonamine)
- Motion Eaze (natural oil blend)
Hopefully we won’t need to resort to even more prescriptive remedies like the scopolamine skin patch.
And apparently, some remedies work better for some people than others. So I expect there will be a period of trial and error to see what works best for us. If only we knew what to do for the cat!
Let us know if you have any other suggestions of items to add to our kit or what works best for you.