Last year I had a blast running this race with Team in Training, and this year I had a sssllliiggghhttlllyyy different experience. In order to really get the story, I have to back up a bit, so stay with me, and see how I ended up at Urgent Care after the race.
Ok, so we signed up for this race a long time ago. It’s in my hometown, it’s flat, and I had a good time last year. Then recently I was given the opportunity to go on a VERY cheap/discounted cruise that I couldn’t pass up. The only problem is the race was the day after we got off the boat. No worries! I was sure I could handle it, even after stuffing my face for eight days with cruise food. Oh how naïve.
So, we ate, we enjoyed ourselves, we only ran four miles in the nine days leading up to the race. I wore a sea sickness patch called Transderm Scop while I was on the ship. I have worn it before but only for 3-4 days. I took the patch off the morning we docked, we got off the ship and started the six hour drive back to Louisiana. A couple hours into the drive home I started to get nauseated. I get car sick, so I thought it was just that and ignored it the best I could. However, it got worse and worse, and around Baton Rouge we had to pull over at a Wendy’s because I thought I was going to throw up, and I thought stopping the motion of the car for a few minutes would help the nausea. I was also dizzy, had blurred vision and it felt like the ground was moving, so basically I felt sea sick on land. So I had the bright idea to take a Dramamine. This actually helped, and we were able to make it home with no vomiting, but I felt pretty bad. When we got out of the car and I could rest, I felt better until the Dramamine wore off. I took some more and went to bed.
We woke up for the race at 5:00, and I felt bad again so I took a Dramamine. We drove to the start and I still felt woozie, so I took a half of another pill. Keep in mind Dramamine puts me to sleep!
Don’t mine me…I just took 1.5 Dramamine pills….I’m awake, I promise…yeah.
Why is it whenever I ask some random person to take our photo with a cell phone it comes out blurry?
We nearly missed the start of the race and just jumped into the very back corral and took off. Almost immediately, I realized this was going to be a BAD race. As I am running, bouncing up and down, the road is shifting in front of me, left to right, and I go dizzy and very nauseated. This feeling continued the WHOLE RACE. So imagine running 13.1 miles being very sea sick. I can attest that it is not pleasant. Throw in temps in the upper 70’s and high humidity and it was a recipe for disaster.
Jumping into the back right before the gun went off
Bobby ran with me, we didn’t want me passing out or getting really sick by myself, and I don’t know if I would have finished the race without him. I kept telling myself “just keep moving, every step is closer to the finish”. The only way to keep the road shifting to a minimum was to not look around and just stare at the ground a few feet in front of me, which I did for pretty much the whole race. I tried to smile for the cameras/photographers, but I wasn’t really happy! The miles seemed to tick by very slowly, and we didn’t talk much. Bobby kept encouraging me, and I just wanted it to be over, and I kept wanting to go to sleep. Surprisingly, we only walked through the water stops and one or two times just for a few seconds, but our pace was slow. We made it to mile twelve and I knew I could hang on, I was so close and I wasn’t quitting. We crossed the finish line in 2:27, and to compare, I ran Disneyland faster than that, and we were goofing off and taking photos the whole time during that race! I am so so proud that I finished, I truly earned that medal. Plus, you know I truly wasn’t feeling good due to the fact that I took zero photos during the race. It was bad enough running after eating all that junky food (which I take total responsibility for!) but throw in the land sickness and it was the longest 13.1 miles ever.
I ate a banana because I was cramping up really badly, and drank some water.
I tried to look around for some of my friends, but I felt so bad I just needed to lie down so we drove back to my parents house. I showered, put on compression socks, and sat on the couch, and a huge wave of nausea hit me, and my arms felt really heavy and tingly, which really freaked me out. I couldn’t shake the nausea, and felt like I was dying (I know a little dramatic, but to me nausea is the worst feeling ever and I wanted it to stop, and it wasn’t going anywhere). My mom asked if I needed to go to Urgent Care and I said YES!!!
So Bobby drove me over and we waited in the waiting room about 15 minutes, then again in the room in the back about 15 minutes (by the way I HATE that doctors do this.) I was so nauseated at this point I started shaking and sweating and crying. The doctor finally came in and gave me Zofran, which started helping a few minutes later. He did a urine test, looked in my ears, listened to my heart, checked my reflexes, and said I seemed very healthy, and we conclude it was most likely land sickness, which could be made worse due to my patch. he gave me a prescription for a Meclizine to help with the dizziness and nausea.
Funny side note, I had on my blue race shirt, gold athletic shorts, and purple compression socks with hearts on the sides. I absolutely didn’t care at the time of course, but those people must have thought I had some crazy fashion sense!
Apparently a band was playing after the race….I was completely oblivious to this fact.
We drove home to Mississippi, where I did a lot of research on this Transderm patch, and turns out a lot of people suffer from withdrawal symptoms lasting from a couple days to weeks to YEARS! I had all the same symptoms as these people, and it was good to know what the problem was, but crazy that this patch is still on the market after adversely affecting so many people. I realize that not everyone has these problems, but trust me once you feel like this you would say the same thing. If you want to check out some of the stories/symptoms/problems people have had check out this site I found. I wish I knew about this before or I never would have worn the dumb thing. Looking back I have NO CLUE how I was able to run the race in that condition, and even now, five days after getting off the boat I am still slightly nauseated and dizzy with some blurry vision. it’s getting better, but not gone, and i have no idea when it will go away.
So, that’s my half marathon and urgent care story. So another race in the books, and hopefully never one feeling that badly ever again, and praying I am back to normal soon.
QOTD: Do you get motion sickness? Have you ever worn the patch?