Jenny Firman - Battling sea sickness

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1 min 18 sec
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Department of Veterans' Affairs


I get quite seasick and I would just have to take medication and I remember a particularly rough crossing across the bottom of Australia, the Great Australian Bight, where I think three quarters of the ship was sick. And I was sick and I'd be told, "You have to go and see so-and-so", and they'd be three decks down and I'd almost have to lie on the bed beside them when I got there to stop vomiting and I'd see them and fortunately my medic, my chief medic, petty officer medic, rather, at the time, he didn't get seasick.

So he could come with me and I'd say, "Give them this". And then I'd have to sort of get my way back up to the sick bay again ... And not everybody suffers it but the rougher it is, more and more people suffer it ... It's one of those things you often get a bit more used to it as you are at sea. So it's often worse for the first two or three days, then it improves.

That particular ship did a lot of weekly running, meaning we would be at sea for a week and then we'd come into port, which was probably the worst combination because you'd just get used to it and then come back into port and then you'd sort of have to get used to it again each week. But, you know, in calmer waters, it was fun. It was really when it was rougher.

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