Originally Posted by SimonMW
Hell on Heels, I'd be really interested to find out what worked for you to help calm the sickness. I've tried ginger, which sometimes seems to work, but sometimes not.
While I certainly have not completely overcome my motion sickness, there are a few things I've tried which have eased it.
-Ginger gum - for me this was more effective than gnawing on a big stringy root of ginger while paddling and is obviously much easier to carry. It has some large amount of ginger extract which is probably enough to flavor a gingerbread house metropolis. Halfway through the trip I pop a new piece in my mouth.
-Dramamine - I've tried the less drowsy kind which helps a lot, but it stays in your system for 24 hours. It makes me rather depressed or spacey the next day, but may not affect you the same way.
-Still to try - short acting Dramamine - This is the old skool kind your parents gave you to keep you quiet and zonked out for a few hours on a trip. I thought maybe my excitement while paddling would overcome any sleepiness on the trip, but have not been on the river since I acquired it.
-Less caffeine - For me, if my stomach is a little jumpy and I add the excitement of paddling, I can become more easily nauseated. Would love to find out if this is true for other sea sick people.
Acclimation - I haven't noticed it on the river yet, but I have been able to tolerate watching first person shooter games a lot better since I started the sport. They usually make me sick within 5 minutes, but now I can watch them longer. I have to think that one day that will translate into a longer period of time of practicing rolls before I exit the pool for fear of chundering all over and totally disgusting the other people in roll class who probably only come to see newbies like me fail at rolling week after week!
Please let me know if any of these things work for you. I absolutely understand your frustration because you have the mental will to practice, but your body revolts. It's hard, but try to remember that it's not a race and its supposed to be fun! Just the fact that you have learned to swim AND are kayaking means you are a 1000 times cooler than most people!