Seasick, Something George still doesn't know about....

April 5, 1998.....

A ripple rolls into a swell, rolls into a 5 foot swirling mound that peaks with foam and disperses. The foam fizzes with white bubbles that surface as if boiling from the depths of a dark mysterious brew. Sea foam is more than just air bubbles, it is plasma teaming with life. The white froth is the new beginnings from decaying matter throughout the ocean. I wonder about life's many forms. These little swells are calm compared to the 15 footers we saw just a few weeks ago. Right now I am sittng outside because I feel seasick. I rode the big waves OK, but these mid-sized ones are bothering me. I wonder why. I ate some seaweed, and some ginger, both natural remedies I have heard about. I also took some motion sickness pills from the pharmacy to calm myself. Now I am focusing on the horizon, yet another seafarer's remedy. It is tricky to find the perfect vantage point so the bow of the boat, or a life line railing doesn't keep popping up over the horizon breaking my concentration. I realize I am not wearing my 'sea bands' on my wrists, bracelets which activate acupuncture points for motion sickness, but I don't feel good enough to go inside and get them. I'm not sure just why I get sea sick, and George does not. Scientist say it is a combination of the way the eyes, the ears and the feet work. Today's popular theory is that somehow messages between the three are not properly integrated. I think it must also be related to hidden fears and one's inner focus on life. At this moment, I don't feel fearful, but I have been going through a lot of change recently.

It has been nearly 10 months since I moved onto the 'Hannah Brown', a 33' cutter rig sail boat. I am learning to live in a world quite different than I knew on land, where the shortest distance between two points is always a straight line, and an object moves in the direction it is forced. In the sailing world, the shortest route is rarely straight, and we sail straighter and faster with the wind to our side than if it is behind us. Though I am an avid bicyclist, and once thought myself fit, I have discovered sleeping muscles, and learned a new sense of balance. When the boat is heeling, (almost always) sitting straight in your chair is really sitting crooked. To fill a cup, you never place it straight under the faucet, place it off to the side to catch the water. As these little things become second nature to me, I learn to see the world in a different way, and even to use different parts of my brain. I'm sure I will learn to overcome this seasickness. I am already much better than an hour ago, but what helped, I can't say for sure. For now, a great wave of thankfulness is swelling within me as the nauseous feeling leaves, and I think how lucky I am to be here.


Last Updated: 4-22--98
By: Ted Handel


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