There are people who will get in a matatu, with groundnuts on one hand, fries on their laps and a container of milk on the other. For them, the process of travelling is as simple as eating their fries slowly, washing them down with a sip of milk and occasionally confusing their digestive juices with a ground nut or two. Others will get in a matatu and sleep as soon as they are in motion.
They will sleep through bumps and rough patches in the road. Then there are those who will get in a matatu and head for a seat by the window roll down the window, rummage through their luggage for a black polythene bag and keep it close. Once the vehicle is in motion, their stomachs churn and they retch and retch. Most will throw up the bitter acid from their stomach and food from a day ago. The other passengers will of course look at them and wonder why people eat too much just before they travel. Bad conductors will bark nasty stuff like having to clean the matatu and self-control and stuff like that.
Well, what most people don’t know is that, throwing up when travelling is a disease! Motion sickness is a disease just like malaria. And no, you can’t fight the urge to vomit.
So what is motion sickness?
Also called car sickness or sea-sickness, is the feeling you get when the motion you sense with your inner ear is different from the motion you visualize
Symptoms of motion sickness begin as soon as a car is in motion. These include;
- Cold sweat
- Hyper salivation
There are people who will get in a matatu and travel for fun. There are those of us who try as much as possible to avoid travelling. For those of us who suffer from motion sickness, travelling is an awful experience that will be punctuated by retching, vomiting and awful glances…