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I've found that starting the med that works best for you a day or two before departing seems to help the newer crew. If I find you're got the "mal der mere", and you're not feeding the fish over the lee rail, I'll put you on the wheel. It seems to work, possibly because you have to concentrate on the job or because you're looking at the waves coming and may get some idea of what the boat's going to do.
One suggestion is that some folks find that the meds are too strong. Folks will cut those patches in half, put them elsewhere on their body, cut pills in half, or wear multiple remedies. I never kid or ridicule the wearer; what works for you works for you and may not for me. The strength, location, and brand should be know before departing the dock.
If you do get sick, then it's important to keep hydrated. Some folks find that ginger snaps or flat soda or ginger chews help.
And I've heard and read of folks that are sick for the entire voyage. To do that shows real commitment.
Capt. Douglas Abbott
USCG/MCA IV/C.I./M.I. 500-ton Oceans
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Last edited by oceanscapt; 06-25-2010 at 08:11 PM.