Friday, October 2, 2015

76 Things #15: Driving Mr. Nauseous

Feeling nauseous is a pretty common part of my life.  It’s not a daily occurrence but it's close.  Unfortunately, it’s mostly a product of the recurring vertigo that comes with my MS.

And much like vertigo, nauseousness is bound to strike me at anytime…out on a date with my wife, at night while helping the kiddos with homework or just while talking to one of my friends.  

The focus of the #15 thing you might not know about (my) MS is how I frequently suffer from nausea while riding in a car.

It’s never a problem when I’m driving (which isn’t often – click here to read about that!) – but, when I’m in the passenger seat, it’s a completely different story.

When I’m behind the wheel, I’m focused on going from Point A to Point B.   But without that focus, my vertigo tends to creep into my world – one moment I’m fine, the next I’m spinning and I feel as if I’m on a small boat that is rocking back and forth.

I’ve attempted various solutions such as bringing along newspapers or magazines to read, focusing on objects off in the distance…anything that distracts my focus and keeps my vertigo from rearing its obnoxious head.  I’ve had success – although most often, I’ve had to just grin and bear it - but I’ve also had moments where Angela has had to pull over to the side of the road, hopeful that my nausea will pass.

It wasn’t easy at first but, as with most of the common ailments I face from MS, we’ve learned to manage and adapt as best we can.

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