Re: birding-aus Seasickness - the pelagic disease

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Seasickness - the pelagic disease
From: Tony Palliser <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 10:14:08 +1100
A brilliant summary for those that suffer badly.  Seasickness is one of the
strangest things - It affects so many people in different ways.  Some manage to
be sick and continue on birding as though nothing had happened, others have
their head in a bucket for the entire trip and take days to get over the
ordeal.  John Reidy is a classic individual who seems OK when its rough but gets
sick in the harbour on the way back. And one of the most amazing sites on a
recent extended pelagic was seeing Trevor Quested transform from the worst
sufferer I have ever seen to the 'king of the world' standing at the bow of the
ship providing direction to those on the bridge.  It took Trevor a few days to

No matter how one suffers, one additional rule to those already mentioned will
help a lot - You must have a FULL nights sleep before you get on board.  I know,
as I too am a sufferer - which will astonish many I know.

Good seabirding

Michael J Hunter wrote:

> 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
> seasickness.
> 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
>                                                  Michael
>                                                (Dr. Michael Hunter)
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