I too am very prone to Sea Sickness. I agree with what everyone is saying. I
definitely have to watch the horizon, but I find an open area closest to the
middle of the boat, is the most stable.
I also have electronic wrist bands that electronically pulse the acupuncture
point on the wrist that helps avoid Sea Sickness. You can increase the pulse
depending on how bad the conditions are and how you feel. These work very
well. I got mine from Sharper Image. I heard about them from my Uncle who was
taking a trip with his girlfriend on the QEII. The friend always gets
sick...they both had them. The ship had to steer around a hurricane on the trip. He
said that everyone on the whole ship was sick, scapolemine (sp) patches were
not working, nothing was working except the bands my uncle had. They took off
their bands for a short time, immediately started to feel sick, put them back
on and felt better again. The ship's Dr. took down all the information about
them. I have used mine since and have had really good luck. Liz Alton,
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I'm prone to seasickness, so I've read as much as I can on the subject.
Turns out NASA has studied it extensively because space sickness is
the same thing, and they've found out one really interesting thing. I
read that what happens is that when your inner ear is getting really
stressed by all the heaving around, your stomach basically goes into
fibrillation, falling out of its normal steady, regular rhythm and
getting wildly irregular. According to NASA, it's far less likely to do
that if it's got something to work on, ie food. Best is something simple
to digest-- low fat, low protein, low acid.
I've found that if I make sure to have something in my stomach when I
get on the boat before it gets moving and keep nibbling throughout the
voyage, I do much, much, much better. I like saltines, so I bring a
good-sized bag of them and just munch away. That's really made a huge
difference for me.
Supposedly, what causes the problem is the contradiction between what
your inner ear is sensing about the motion of your body and what your
eyes are seeing, so you want to minimize that contrast. So stay on
deck. I think the bow is far better than the stern, too, largely
because of the fumes but also because when you see where you're going,
it's somehow easier for your brain to deal with the bouncing up and
down. And the cold fresh air battering my face also somehow contributes
to keeping me on an even keel, so to speak...
If you do start to feel a little queasy, the very worst thing you can do
is what we instinctively want to do, which is lie down or sit down and
bury your head in your arms, or go below where you can't see the
horizon. If you do that, you're guaranteed to get actively sick.
I also take Dramamine (if that makes you too sleepy, there's another
similar over-the-counter one that I think is called Bonine, which is
less of a problem for some people), and I use those little wristbands
you can get in the drugstore with little plastic nobs that push gently
on a pressure point in your wrist that's supposed to help. I have NOT
experimented to find out if this really does help or not. :-)
The problem with pelagic birding is, though, when you look through binos
at a bird on the water or in the air, you're creating a really big
contrast between your body heaving up and down and your eyes seeing a
relatively steady image. So far, I've not found any amount of Saltines
or Dramamine or anything else that will let me use my binoculars on a
heaving boat for more than quick glimpses without starting to get into
trouble. So the world of fulmars and shearwaters and the like is pretty
much closed to me, unless somebody offers a pelagic on something the
size of the Queen Elizabeth...