The Motion of the Ocean
Have you ever been to Mystery Hill in the mountains of North Carolina? At the Mystery House you stumble through each room seemingly at a 45-degree angle. That is what it feels like walking around the ship. When the waves are really smooth, it’s not difficult to walk throughout the ship. When the seas are choppy and the waves are rough, walking can be quite challenging. During choppy seas, it feels as if I am standing in the Mystery House, defying gravity as my body tilts in one direction while I try to walk in the other direction. Other tasks that are challenging in rough seas include trying to stay away from the edge of the ship so I don’t fall into the ocean, climbing up steep stairs, attempting to stand upright while taking a shower, and carrying a plate of food from the kitchen to the dining area. These seemingly simple tasks require extra effort and coordination while on a ship. My “sea legs” have been kind of wobbly over the past few days.
On another note, motion sickness medication does work! For the first six days, I wore patches which caused the unfortunate side effect of blurred vision. The blurred vision interfered with my depth perception and my ability to see what I was typing on the computer screen. Now, after about 10 hours without the patch, my vision is almost back to normal. Because I have never been this far out in the ocean or on a ship like the Ron Brown, I decided to take preventative motion sickness medication. I was told by a NOAA medical officer that it is better to prevent motion sickness than to try to deal with the symptoms afterward. Sometimes the slightest movement of the ship can bring on a wave of nausea. Thank goodness I have not experienced full-blown seasickness!