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- seasickness - old_user - Jun-15-11 10:11 AM
Posted by: old_user on Jun-15-11 10:25 AM (EST)
I LOVE THIS article. If I could afford it, I'd love to go sea kayaking with the author's outings... He sounds so incredibly knowledgeable (and amazingly passionate about kayaking!). - ginnis
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Posted by: old_user on Jun-15-11 6:01 PM (EST)
great article - i get seasick even on elevators! I live near the Chesapeake Bay, and was the bane of everyones existance on our annual company charter-boat fishing trip; I love the water so much I just had to keep going!
What surprised me was when we took 2 whale watching trips on the Bay of Fundy; you're out, and idling, for hours...but I didn't get a twinge of seasickness!Same size boat, same swell, same season as the fishing trips. Maybe because I was so intent on searching for whales, or the excitement of seeing them so close, just over-rode my inner ear problem. Short of that, nothing works for me, except death, the long, begging wish for death!
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why get sick?|
Posted by: Cal on Jun-15-11 10:46 AM (EST)
Mythbusters tested many motion sickness chemicals and found that ginger ale worked the best at preventing motion sickness. Better than the pills. I suppose that eating candied ginger would also work. Even smelling ginger helps some people.
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ginger did no good for me|
Posted by: tennis1 on Jun-15-11 9:24 PM (EST)
Alas, I do not respond to ginger. I am so glad this article was posted. I thought I was the only one who got seasick on a...kayak! I had to turn back from a club trip once because I was deathly sick. I paddled all the way back by myself because I had to find a place to get to land! I always have a paddle leash just in case I can't "hold it". Big cruise ship, kayak, no matter, I get seasick! I got sick walking on a swaying gangplank while trying to board a ferry once!
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Posted by: old_user on Jul-20-11 5:33 PM (EST)
I have found Ginger works very well too.
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Posted by: bubblerich on Jun-15-11 12:36 PM (EST)
I get seasick, carsick, and airsick. Thankfully I've never been trainsick.
After trying every solution: OTC stuff and the scopalamine patch, I've found the solution. It's called "Stugeron." It has no apparent side effects (at least on me), and works splendidly.
I buy mine from a pharmacy in London as it's not available in the US. You DO NOT want to take a dose of more that 15mg as it does have some issues at high levels. The stuff in the US is 25mg or larger... that's a no-no.
You should consult your physician before using any new med. The generic name is "cinnarizine," should you wish to Google it. (Note that lots of the comments about cinnarizine side effects are about the high dose amounts).
I've used this stuff since 2002 when I discovered the stuff in Italy.
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Sea sickness - my causes and control|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-20-11 5:32 PM (EST)
I enjoyed the article, well written and some great advice.
I am a fairly experienced paddler with many 12-14 day expiditions along the exposed New Zealand North Island East Coast, and many many many 1, 2 & 3 day trips.
I have been seasick on quite a few of these trips (always day two)and have traced some of it down to the following.
* Too tight a spray skirt - I have changed to a loose one with suspender straps and this has made a huge difference.
* Eating canned stew - I love the Irish stew and beef casserole and with their meat/vege contents think it makes an excellent meal - but I always seem to be sick after half an hour on the water the next morning. I have found other foods to avoid as well but the canned meat seems to be the worst culprit.
By eliminating the above two items I have almost eliminated my bad second day on the trips.
* The other critical area seems to be paddling around headlands in certain seas. The incoming swell, angle chop with rebound of headlands can upset my tummy something wicked. A friend who is a vet once commented that he thought only horses projectile vomited and as the article says you can only face forwards and clean up afterwards, that gauze pouch on the front of my paddling jacket was the pits to clean so I now have a different jacket. The difference when paddling with friends is that they don't come to your rescue unless you really need it and when being sick they hover and make those "hawking being sick noises" which only serve to make you feel worse until you feel well enough to politely tell them to go away.
On these trips I am the only one who can paddle out of the conditions causing it and so I put up with the sickness and paddle myself out of the conditions causing it... Even the food related ones.
My friends know that even in my worst state I am (and have been) there for then if they are in trouble - in fact I am usually the rescuer and got into trouble myself once and no-one else had a towrope as John never needs rescuing - Yes, a big lesson learnt that trip.
I think that hard core paddlers can keep going and do not need to return to shore, but have found with others that getting to shore is the only option and then often the trip is cancelled and a plan is formulated on how to get back. I have found without exception that everyone seems to be able to paddle back after having a break on land. I explain to them that the only option is for them to paddle back (we know it is not the only option, don't we?) and this gets them emotionally prepared to do so.
Yes, feel for those who are sick - they do not choose to be that way - and even though it can be annoying any trip is only as strong as the weakest person and they govern both speed and duration of any trip.
Enjoy and Paddling.net, keep up the excellent work and website.
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