First Aid For Recreational Boaters
As I’ve shared earlier I have the amazing opportunity and pleasure of writing a course for “Boaters University” on basic first aid for the Recreational Boater. This course will be available through Boaters University in the Fall.
While researching content that is specifically designed for the Recreational Boater, I have come across some real gems in the description of aliments at sea. This is by far my favorite, and I’ll share it with you now.
The two stages of Seasickness:
- You are so sick you’re afraid you may die.
- You are so sick your’re afraid you may not die.
In his book “The Human Body”, Isaac Asimov related the anecdote about a seasick passenger.
It was a rough crossing and Mr. Jones was suffering the tortures of the damned. During one of the more unsettled periods, he was leaning over the rail, retching miserably, when a kindly steward patted him on the shoulder.
“I know, sir” said the steward, “that it seems awful. But remember, no man ever died of seasickness.”
Mr. Jones lifted his green countenance to the stewards concerned face and said, for heavens sake, man, don’t say that. It’s only the wonderful hope of dying that’s keeping me alive.”
Now some of us have been in Mr. Jones predicament before. Others who can endure the roughest seas without so much as the complaint, well… we hate you.
Now contrary to the stewards admonition that “no one ever died from seasickness,” well, we know that’s not true. Seasickness can cause severe dehydration that can lead to kidney damage and even renal failure. The person who remains seasick for an extended period of time without food without water is indeed suffering a medical emergency.
Ok thats it, just a quick little story about a poor seasick man.