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Re: Mal de mer
My Wife would get seasick looking at a water color painting. She says she was invariably motion sick , vomit, in cars as a child. As an adult she could drive but when riding it was a bad experience. Twisty roads would really get her.
Fast forward decades of me dragging her around and she still has issues but we are now live aboards hanging in the hook in rolly Carribean anchorages. She HATES overnights, says she needs time to reset herself. But she’s probably got well over 10,000 miles now.
She has tried everything (except helming, but that is now changing) and now has a “stew” that works pretty well. Itnturns our a lot of this stuff is also used to treat Nash’s from chemo and other medical issues.
1-She wears a “Relief Band”. It’s an electronic wrist stimulation that can be adjusted as needed. They cost about $110. Non-prescription.
2-Before a passage she uses a Scopolomine Patch (available in Canada and USA with prescription). It’s not for all, read side effects. One patch lasts 3 days. Scope will work even if not used until seasickness has set in.
3-Sturgeron, availability varies by country, she buys it in the Carribean. For her this works well if she is pressed by conditions. BE CAREFUL. It comes in 15mg and 75mg doses. Use the 15. At first she just asked for Stugeron and they sold her 75’s, over dosing can bring on Parkinson’s like symptoms which can take up to a year to subside. It affected her balance and walking, but she has recovered. Now she is careful to use the 15’s sparingly, which appears to be OK.
Bonine does some good when things are not too bouncy.
A lot of OTC seasick meds are just antihistamines with some speed to keep you from falling asleep.
Aclimitization is a big thing. Just being “on the hook” goes a long way to help her. If we are on a dock she will loose it. She also gets “land sick” but that seems to be lessening. At least she is griping less.
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Last edited by hpeer; 02-12-2019 at 09:03 AM.