My first foray into Dramamine = disappointing

July 11, 2009 at 2:24 am Leave a comment

I used to be a nerve-free flyer.

I should still be a nerve-free flyer.

Over the past year, I have become a nervous flyer. Not quite a nervous wreck, mind you, but I definitely don’t “sit back and enjoy the flight” as instructed.

I’ve come to several explanations as to why this has occurred. First, my father, now retired, was an airline captain and a fighter pilot in the Air Force before that. Granted, this exposed me to much information about the scientific and technical aspects of flying. However, it also exposed me to “that was a close one” stories and “boy was my co-pilot inept” stories. If my father was in the captain’s seat every time I flew, I’d feel much better. Unfortunately, this isn’t an option.

My other explanation is turbulence. Last summer, while flying into Madison from Chicago with my boyfriend, we took off and flew into some turbulence caused by a nearby thunderstorm. This wasn’t just slight bumps. This was drastic altitude fluctuations + boyfriend hitting his head on the ceiling + me white-knuckling my seat turbulence. Ever since then, any slight bump during a flight gets my stomach churning.

I’ve given up trying to find a solution to my paranoia. None of this “imagine you’re floating on a sea of clouds” and “it’s just a bumpy day on the ocean of air” crap. (And yes, you can find these suggestions via Google if you’re interested.) I’m going to be a nervous flyer, and that’s that.

Therefore, my next logical step to get me through necessary flights has to be drugs. (OK, I’m exaggerating a bit here, and when I say “drugs,” I really mean over-the-counter drug store tablets that are supposed to induce drowsiness.)

When preparing for my flight back to Wisconsin today, I figured the best way to not worry about turbulence would be to sleep through it. What better to help me sleep than the anti-motion-sickness gem Dramamine, right? So I went to the CVS. I picked up the chewable, drowsy-inducing tablets. A half hour before the flight, I took two as instructed. And I waited for the drowsiness to set in. And I waited. And I waited. Apparently, I am immune to Dramamine’s most noted side effect.

Of course, the flight was pretty bumpy the entire way. And of course, I got through it without any major physical or mental trauma. But it would’ve been a hell of a lot more enjoyable had I slept through it.

Dramamine, I’m giving you a wave of the finger.

Also, I think this is the end of my foray into drug-induced solutions for my fear of flying. For now.

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