Land Legs

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  1. NCRaider

    NCRaider Member

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    Just wondering what to expect when DS comes off ship.
    Does the lack of motion cause the same symptoms as
    sea sickness? ( nausea, etc.)
     
  2. kdbax

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    LOL - In the cruise world it's called "mal de debarquement.":wink: A lot of people will still feel motion for a few days after disembarking a ship (I did after our first cruise but not since), but nausea doesn't seem to be common. I know DS didn't have nausea. He was tired, though - he disembarked in Long Beach after a Pacific transit, took a redeye flight from LAX to JFK, went back to KP, and promptly fell asleep.
     
  3. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    I always felt it for several days back on land. I was never nauseous but just suddenly a little out of balance or my head would spin slightly. I think I can say definitively that it was land legs as there was no correlation to the feeling and alcohol consumption.
     
  4. cmakin

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    Hehehe. Yeah, one feels it BEFORE the consumption of spirits. . .

    You know, I have felt it to varying degrees. One of the strongest cases of "land legs" that I can recall was from about 18 hours spent in the San Francisco Bay on a Crowley tug doing harbor service. We ran all over the bay that long day. Docked a ship in Oakland, then up to Port Chicago and then another docking in Alameda. When we got back to pier 9 that evening, and I got on to the dock, I really felt it move. I don't ever remember having a stronger sensation of it.
     
  5. Sea Faring Moose Mom

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    I suffer from Vertigo and have the 'dizzies' most of the time anyway. I was concerned about going on my DD's Navy Destroyer Tiger Cruise 6 night, 7 days coming back from the Gulf Deployment this summer. My Vertigo Doc gave me the behind the ear patches. They worked GREAT on the sea from Hawaii to San Diego.

    I was surprised about the Land Legs though. No one told me about them. I had to continue to wear patches for 4 days. That old song 'I felt the earth move under my feet....." was sure true. I didn't know that it happens to others. (This was before any libations).

    :yllol:
     
  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Ha! It's like spending the entire day at a wave pool, and then feeling the waves long after you leave.

    Every swab summer cadets at the Coast Guard Academy sail on USCGC EAGLE. When they get back for their final few weeks of swab summer, at least for a day or two, they slowly sway back and forth as they brace up on the bulkhead in the pway. They don't always know they're doing it, but sometimes they can see their classmate on the other side of the pway doing the same thing.


    It passes after a day or so though.
     
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