motion sickness - want to be prepared for Easter

To: "Roger Giller" <>
Subject: motion sickness - want to be prepared for Easter
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 11:30:59 +1100
I think the general theory is that what works for some people doesn't for
others. All drugs can make you drowsy and/or thirsty - when I first started
doing pelagics I tried what became my drug of choice (Travacalm) a week
before on a day when I did not have to drive etc just to see the effects -
it won't tell you whether it will stop the sickness but will tell you if you
are likely to get side-effects - my wife (a terrible traveller!) finds
Travacalm is the only thing that works for her BUT it makes her very drowsy
(certainly not fit to drive or even watch birds) for around 12 hours!

On 13/03/2008, Roger Giller <> wrote:
> Hi Cheryl,
> I still do a bit of off-shore fishing from small (6m) boats, though not as
> much as in my pre-birding days. Over the years I have found a routine that
> seems to work for myself as well as friends and family.
> 1. Don't change your breakfast routine. If you normally only have a bowl
> of
> cereal, just have that. If your stomach is used to Bacon, Eggs, Beans and
> Mushrooms on toast, don't surprise it by just having a piece of fruit.
> 2. We take either Travacalm or Dramamine at the end of breakfast. This
> usually equates to about an hour before we get on the water.
> 3. When on the water, look at the horizon regularly. This is also a great
> way to overcome the first signs of nausea. Motion sickness is related to
> the
> body's sense of balance and watching the horizon gives the brain a
> reference
> point other than that normally provided by the inner ear. We usually find
> that the quickest way to get sick is to put your head down to tie on a
> hook
> or similar.
> 4. Don't offer to help with the berley!
> Happy Birding
> Roger.

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