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Living with motion sickness

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Though I love to go to new places, I never really enjoyed traveling. I envy everyone of those who enjoy their bus rides, singing songs, giggling and laughing, excited about the trip while I would be sitting on one of those corner seats, suffering, holding a little more, trying not to puke, trying not to spoil the mood. I would find myself facing out of the bus so that no one knows, praying that the distance shortens or the engine of the bus breaks down, regretting why I even bothered to come, thinking how comfortably I would’ve been sleeping on my bed instead, swearing that I am never traveling again, not even on a request or even for a reward, if there will be any.

And then, it would become too hard to hold, and everything I feared would happen. Then, I would be too embarrassed to be there, everyone staring at me, some with sympathy, some with disgust or some trying to hold themselves from throwing up. They would come to help and worry if I am okay.  I would nod that I’m fine (though I’m not.)  They would suggest that I should travel more or that I should enjoy the ride, distract myself from thinking about it but it had always been like that as long as I can remember.  It’s not like I didn’t try.  I tried traveling on empty stomach, half-full, full stomach, taking pills, ginger, lemon, distract myself with music, talking, not talking, front seat, rear seat, middle one, everything. But as soon as the engine starts, everything would go in vain. I didn’t realize the seriousness of the problem, it was not just the moving bus, everything that moved (motorbikes are exception though) made me dizzy, nervous and nauseated.  Talking about fun parks, they were never really fun. I could only notice everything moving, everyone screaming, wanting everything to stop or getting out of that place.  I didn’t know what was wrong.

So, I did some research here and there. I was introduced to the term “kinetosis” meaning motion sickness. It is the state of being dizzy and nauseated because of the motion. It is basically caused by the conflicting messages sent to the brain by ear, eyes and body. Ears hear the moving sound and thus, sends the message that it’s moving but the body remains still and eyes see that everything is still inside the bus thus, sends the message that it’s not moving. The conflict messages received by brain concludes that the person is hallucinating and due to some poison ingestion. Then the brain responds by inducing vomit to clear the toxin. That’s how one feels nauseated and vomits. Almost everyone goes from this state where some have mild ones and some suffer severe ones. And I lie in the latter group.

Now that I’d learned the cause, I looked for treatments. There are some medications and devices recommended for its treatment but there are no such convincing ways or preventions. It’s sad that I won’t be able to travel joyfully for the time being until some solid treatments are discovered. It’s not easy to accept the fact but nevertheless, I’m not going to refrain myself from traveling and no one should. I shall suffer, puke, feel the embarrassment and everything but I am still willing to go to places. For those who cannot relate, it may not be much of big deal but the struggle is real.

By:  Manju Maharjan

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