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06-24-2013 10:30 PM
Runshari
Re: Adjusting from Water to Land

Too funny. We haven't spent all that much time on the boat yet (soon, I hope), but the boat head lasts for 3-5 days every time we stay overnight. I am getting more used to it, but as a runner, well, let's just say those post-boat runs are....interesting.
06-24-2013 12:56 PM
mad_machine
Re: Adjusting from Water to Land

the viral infections in the ear are horrible, My mom went through that last year.. lost all hearing on the right and now has no sense of balance what-so-ever. She can compensate with fixating on things.. but at night, she walks around like she is drunk.

Back to the original topic.. always called it "Sea legs"
06-21-2013 06:23 PM
hellosailor
Re: Adjusting from Water to Land

Lansickness, seasickness, all the same. It is motion sickness and yes, the same causes, and same medications. However, if you are landsick after THREE FULL DAYS ASHORE there may be some other problem like a viral infection in the ear causing the problem.

If your usual motion sickness meds don't get you past it in a day or two, I'd suggest seeing a doctor to eliminate any medical question, unless you'd rather just slog it out. If it is vertigo from a medical problem---that can be a serious problem that goes on for months and needs attention.
06-21-2013 04:36 PM
Barquito
Re: Adjusting from Water to Land

So, presumably this is a similar mechanism as sea sickness. I wonder if the same treatments would work (dramamine...).
06-19-2013 12:02 AM
jrd22
Re: Adjusting from Water to Land

I fell over in the shower when what I assume was a particularly large wave hit Cortez Island in BC several years ago :-))
The longer you are on the boat the longer the rocking seems to last.
06-18-2013 11:19 PM
Selkie60
Re: Adjusting from Water to Land

I used to have that problem. Now I only drink rum at sea and scotch on land. My body is now trained to recognize that single malt means we are on land. Multiple drams may be required after longer passages.
06-18-2013 08:00 PM
capttb
Mal de debarquement

"Mal de debarquement" sounds more nautical tho' doesn't it?
In the dark ages pre internet took us a week to find a doctor who knew what it was. Only known cure is a hard reboot of the central nervous system, couple Valium or stiff rums and 12 hours sleep.
Back in the day the cure was getting roaring drunk and waking up in the gutter broke after a long voyage.
" Honest dear, I was so dizzy the only cure was getting hammered, I don't know what happened to my pay "
06-18-2013 06:35 PM
THEFRENCHA
Re: Adjusting from Water to Land

You got to try working or reading mails on a laptop after a WE cruise
This thing swings from left to right totally out of control!
06-18-2013 02:52 PM
nodders
Re: Adjusting from Water to Land

I have the same response sometimes for a couple of days after getting on land. Not severe, but just kinda wierd. I just want to get back on the boat to feel "normal". The WORST for me though is getting on the boat when it is on the hard - can't stand it. My body expects the boat to move and it doesn't - rock solid!
06-17-2013 09:16 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: Adjusting from Water to Land

Wait till you do an ocean crossing of 2,000 or 3,000nms.
Not only do you stagger up the dock but you are mesmerised by green and red traffic lights, or any bright color, scared of traffic, and get claustrophobic as soon as the elevator door closes.

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