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Sea Legs

Hi everyone, hope you have all had a great summer.

Having such a great climate year round allows many of us to enjoy the great outdoors, no more than the summer months when many of us head to the shores to enjoy the wonderful seas.

For those that enjoy maritime pursuits,and happen to be based on the Costa’s we were for choice.  Beaches galore, windsurfing, kite boarding, sailing.

Now I’m no sailor but embarrassingly I enjoyed my very first time out on a catamaran this August.

After heading to Los Alcazares to meet up with the boat crew we quickly got our gear on board, made sure all is secure and set off for a ride towards La Manga across the Mar Menor.

Waves soaked the group whilst heading towards one of the outlying islands which were occupied by Franco during his reign, so when we finally reach on of the islands it did allow for some refreshments, a mini exploration of the island and of course to dry off a little before our return journey.

For me, so far so good.  No one over board, bodies replenished and my sea legs with very sea like!  The waters beautifully clear but with the renowned problems with Jelly Fish, where hundred of tonnes are being trawled prevented us from enjoying the sea.

For those that know me, the diabetes can present a challenge however with some pre-planning, diabetes does not have to take over the day or cause you to miss out on a fun day.

Some quick tips; Make sure that you take your medication and store them safely, away from the sun and from getting drenched.  Be sure to have snacks or drinks to hand if possible if required.  Allow for the physical exertion that is generated simply from hanging on to the catamaran, as if you have been to the gym or been out for a walk.

Make sure that the people with you know you have a medical condition and that they will know what to do if a situation arises and lastly enjoy and be free with the sea.

For me the day went fantastically well with the diabetes not rearing any anger on this day however with a choppy ride home had made a very small physical adjustment to my body without being aware of it until I arrived home.

As I sat down I was overcome with dizziness and pretty sure I was still sailing along with the wind in my hair.  No, I was still sat down on a sofa.

Must be my sea legs trying to readjust to land legs I thought and whilst disorienting continued on as I thought it would disappear soon.

Over 10 days later I still had a vertigo like dizziness for no clear reason other than going out on the boat.  Fortunately I actually had a follow-up appointment coming up with one of my doctors who is a Neurologist.

Great I’ll see if there is anything we can do about this dizziness, perhaps an ear infection that is the trouble.

He laughed, I worried.  I mentioned the sailing, he grinned!  Some quick tests to rule anything really dangerous confirmed that this is a normal problem for some that disembark cruises, boats, planes.

Mal de debarquement (or Mal de débarquement) syndrome (MdDS, or disembarkment syndrome) is a rare condition usually occurring after a cruise, aircraft flight, or other sustained motion event. It has only recently received attention and very little real scientific research has been conducted. The phrase “mal de débarquement” is French for “disembarkation sickness” *

Great, what do we do I ask him?  Nothing he replies.  So after month, I am slowly returning to normal land legs.

I’m not sure if I  will be sailing again for a while, but what a great day it was.

Until next time, Saludos

Mike

Citation: * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal_de_debarquement

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