A question to pelagic-birders about motion-sickness patches

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Subject: A question to pelagic-birders about motion-sickness patches
From: Gary Davidson <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 20:46:50 -0400 (EDT)
I am one of those "sometimes sea-sick" people.  I've never quite been able to figure out why sometimes and not others.  I have used the patch on a number of occasions, (it is still available in Canada), with great success.  Except the last time!  I can assure you that it does not last three days, two yes, but three, no.  When I was in Tasmania last year, I was preparing to embark on an Eaglehawk Neck pelagic without access to the patch.  The locals swore by ginger tablets.  I'm afraid that I'm a bit of a sceptic when it comes to "alternate" forms of medication but I figured I had nothing to lose.  I took 2 ginger tablets and 2 Kwells and off we went into the heaving Southern Ocean in the middle of winter.  I was not the least bit nauseous!  Later I took a second trip, and was again just fine.  Earlier this year, I took a pelagic off the west coast of North America.  I now had access to the patch but stuck with my ginger and Kwells and it worked a third time.  Now despite the success I've recently experienced, I'm not one to tempt fate.  I eat very little before going out, and eat only dry biscuits and water while on the boat.  Works for me!

Robert Inglis <> wrote:
I can hear the groans already ;-).
"Not another thread about sea-sickness!!"

Believe me, I do understand the reaction and I don't wish to start another interminable and boring
thread on that subject.
I don't wish to know about all the real or theoretical treatments which may or may not work for me
or anyone else.

The situation is that I would very much like to participate in pelagic birding and to be able to
take an active part in the obvious enjoyment and excitement that the 'pelagic mob' gain from this
activity. As it is, by the time we get to 'the spot' the only activity I am capable of indulging in
is 'wishing I wasn't here'!!

The fact is that I suffer very badly from motion sickness and have done so all my life.
I have tried a number of medications, diets and techniques to alleviate the problem but nothing has
been sufficiently effective to give me any encouragement.
Except, perhaps, for scop patches.
I say "except" because I tried the patches many years ago and I seem to remember that they were
quite effective.
The memory banks are working on old software and a bit overloaded these days so the memories may
have some read-errors and I can't remember what the weather conditions were like on those trips.

I have tried three pelagic trips out of Southport (Queensland) this year dosed up on motion-sickness
tablets but the weather gods decided to really try me out.
The first trip was rough, the second trip was rougher and the third trip was bloody rough!
Consequently the medication failed me in short time each trip.

In a final attempt to resolve my dilemma I have recently tried to get some scop patches but my local
pharmacist tells me that they haven't been available in Australia for some years.
Amazing! My avenue of last resort seems to have come to a dead-end..............
However, I have heard a rumour that some pelagic-birders may be using patches.

My question is:
Are anti-motion-sickness patches (the type that are placed on clear skin behind the ear) available
in Australia?

If so, where?
If not but pelagic-birders are using them, how do they get them?

I understand that there has never been a requirement for a doctor's prescription to purchase these
patches in Australia and when I discussed the subject with my local GP he did not say they were
banned here.
So, I am sure there would be no danger in giving me the information I seek here.

If I receive responses to my question which I think are useful and worthy of reporting I will post a
summary on this forum at a later date.

I have resorted to this forum in preference to the Birding-Aus Blog mainly because I simply don't
understand the Blog.
Anyhow, believe that this topic is directly related to bird-watching and especially related to my
ability to expand my own bird-watching and bird-photography activities.
However, in the interest of not annoying or boring those members who have no problems with
motion-sickness or are not interested in pelagic-birding (poor misguided souls) and in the interest
of limiting irrelevant/unnecessary posts it might be best to
respond to me direct at:

If anyone wishes to comment on the ethics or rightness or wrongness of posting a topic such as this
on this forum would they please communicate to me directly on the above e-mail address rather than
clog up the Birding-Aus forum.

Ever hopeful,

Bob Inglis
Woody Point

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