Seasickness

Monday, January 18, 2010

(4th day of my 1st trip)

We are still in the inland waterway; we left Canada yesterday morning and passed Ketchikan around noon. Ketchikan always makes me think of my Jaime, and how she took a trip there once to visit relatives when we were in high school. It sounds like a crazy little place – most of those little towns in Alaska are pretty odd. Well at any rate, we won’t be stopping at Ketchikan or Sitka or any of the places I thought I’d see on the way up, because we are headed straight for Valdez. Our ETA to Prince William Sound is about 0400/21st January. We’ve been holding the same expected arrival time for several days now, though of course that could change if we hit sloppy weather. We’ll head out into the Gulf a little after midnight tonight, which might make it a rough ride on board.

I felt a little sick this morning when I was cleaning – the seas were not even that rough, but the boat was rocking back and forth just enough to make me feel like garbage. I had to lie down for a while. I was talking yesterday evening to the first mate about how I felt like I’d be cheating if I took medicine this whole time and never found out just how sick I really get, but the cook interjected and told me he thought it would be a really bad idea for me to go without treatment for seasickness, saying that everyone gets seasick from time to time, especially in rough weather.

I talked to the mate about it again this morning, and realized that I won’t be of any use to anyone if I’m totally incapacitated with nausea. I felt moderately sick this morning, and I know that it can get ten times worse. Also, once it starts, it’s impossible to stop it. Speaking from experience with bouts of food poisoning, motion sickness, too much alcohol, etc, I happen to know that severe nausea is one of the most debilitating afflictions known to humankind. When discussing the topic, I tell people that I would literally rather break a bone than be severely seasick for any length of time.

On a lighter note, here’s a cool picture to illustrate how containers are secured to the deck of the barge:

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