Having disgraced myself on countless occasions since early childhood in a
wide selection of cars, planes and boats by sicking (sic) over fellow
passengers,on velour seats,down the sides of cars, even in airport lounges
after rough landings,I guess it was not surprising that on a recent
unmedicated trip in a tinny from Terrigal to Port Stephens the burley flowed
freely once again.
There is a prophylactic, the objectives of which are twofold, first to board
with an empty bowel, second to sedate the balance system, the abnormal
stimulus of which causes nausea and vomiting and that ghastly feeling of
The following is for the most intractable of the seasickness-prone.
Dont eat fat or protein for thirtysix hours before boarding.Eat complex
carbohydrates up to twentyfour hours beforehand,including a few prunes. Dont
eat for the last twentyfour hours but drink clear fluids (no alcohol),
particularly plain water.Empty your bowel an hour or so before boarding.
For the worst-case scenario,start twentyfour hours or more before stepping
aboard by taking travacalm tablets every six hours to saturate your system .
Try the tablets beforehand for sideeffects.Read and adhere to the
instructions in or on the packet.Keep taking them throughout the trip.
If you can get hold of some Zantac effervescent tablets, take one in a
glass of water about an hour before the ordeal commences. This will further
calm the stomach.
Dont eat on board. Drink only plain water provided you are not nauseated.If
you have vomited, dont be tempted to drink even water until you feel back to
normal, probably back on dry land. Otherwise you will vomit the water up.
Not everyone will need to be so extreme of course, but avoiding fat, heavy
protein and alcohol from the night before, taking the pills for twentyfour
hours before, and maintaining an empty stomach on the trip will make a big
difference to the average punter.
Other tips and techniques would be welcome from the vast store of
experience that must be out there; do tell.
Cheers and chunders
(Dr. Michael Hunter)
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