Seasick remedy


Seasick remedyImmunity from seasickness is relative, not absolute. It happens on long voyages, when out a week or two and all well and used to the sea, that the sudden occurrence of stormy weather and sea causes nearly all the passengers to get sick again. As a typical case I may cite that of an officer who has been at sea for the past twenty-eight years. He gets sea-sick whenever the sea is really rough. His general immunity from sea-sickness holds good in respect of those motions to which he is most frequently subjected. But he suffers violence from those motions to which he is rarely subjected; because they are neither of sufficiently long duration, nor of such frequent occurrence as to give the system time for the formation of an adjusting habit and to insure the maintenance of that habit.

In my two hundred and seventy actual days on the Pacific Ocean there were now and then moderately rough times, but only one time (50 hours) when it could be said there was a storm. Absolute immunity, therefore, is not to be expected, not even by sailors, much less by passengers - the unaccountable exempts, one in two hundred, excepted.

The formation (growth) of the adjusting habit sometimes requires a long time on ordinary sea. I saw a lady who failed to get used to the ship's motions in a seven-days' continuous voyage of average weather. The same lady told me that, when years ago she was a passenger on a sailing vessel going from Boston around Cape Horn to Honolulu, she was sea-sick thirty consecutive days. There are not a few people who, during the entire course of a voyage across the Atlantic, must remain in the recumbent position. In this position these susceptibles, if they attend to themselves as herein directed, will, suffer vastly less discomfort than otherwise.

The formation of the adjusting habit would, without doubt, be accomplished vastly sooner if it had the benefit of the subject's volitional attention and his mental energy. But the employment of voluntary attention and mind to that end is impracticable, except when the exposure to third-class motions is to continue only two or three hours. No one is able to evolve sufficient mental energy to maintain volitional attention uninterruptedly for more than two or three hours; and those who start on a voyage, and attempt, by help of mind, to evade sea-sickness, will by virtue of this useless sacrifice of mental energy collapse with all the more violence and agony when mind, is exhausted. We hear it said, even out at sea, that mind has a good deal to do with sea-sickness; that one will or will not be sea-sick according to the way he makes up his mind. Yes; it seems that mind has much to do with the case, if the inference may be drawn from, the few known examples of great minds coupled with equally great susceptibility to sea-sickness!