Hand Me That Barf Bag – Motion Sickness

Greetings Teen Reader~~

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I have a question for you.

Have you ever been car sick?

What about seasick? (On a cruise perhaps?)

How are you on the rides at the amusement park?

Motion sickness is a horrible, icky-feeling experience.  Car sickness plagued me as a little kid, into my adult years, and still yet today if I’m in the rider’s seat, and if there are hills and curves. (Like Latina experienced in her first ride into the Ozark Hills in my novel Flower in the Hills.)

What is Motion Sickness?

But what is motion sickness and how does it happen?

This type of what I call an icky-illness, happens when your balance-sensing system (that means your inner ear), feels that things are moving but the rest of you isn’t getting the message.

Clean Teen ReadsLet’s say you’re on a cruise (neat, right?) and you’re in the cabin – your inner ear senses the motion of the moving of the ship, but your eyes don’t believe it. You can’t see any movement. This difference of opinion between the inner ear (balance center) and the eyes results in motion sickness. (Great way to ruin a nice cruise.)

Did you know that pilots who use flight simulators can suffer from motion sickness? Crazy. In this case, the eyes see motion, but your body doesn’t sense it. Again, there’s a difference of opinion within the workings of your body.

That person can be sitting in front of a simulator (nothing around them is moving) and they begin to get all those well-known, familiar icky symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Clammy Hands

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I’ve been on only one cruise, and the water was pretty rough, but I was told ahead of time that ginger capsules might help. And they did. Because ginger is a natural substance, there’s no drowsiness. Lots of other passengers were lying on their beds in their cabins, but I was fine. (That’s a picture of a wild ginger plant.)

Of course, there are plenty of over-the-counter medications available as well, but Latina wasn’t prepared. She had no idea she was going to be the wimp in the family who gets sick.

But if she hadn’t been sick, she would never have crossed paths with Tully on that very first day!

Is Shorthand On Your List of Electives?

In my novel, Flower in the Hills, Latina’s friend Donna Dee is working to sharpen her shorthand writing skills. There was a time when shorthand classes were offered in every high school. My, how things do change.

Join me in the next blog where I’ll be giving more insight into this interesting skill of bygone days.

Meanwhile, keep on reading

Norma Jean

PS: If you haven’t received your free copy of Flower in the Hills – don’t wait, get it here!

PPS: In the comments box below tell me about your worst motion sickness experience! (barf)

PPPS: Heads up!  The second title in the Norma Jean Lutz Classic Collection is about a girl who’s all mixed up about whether to enjoy her passion in life –or worry about what others think of her.  Ever feel that way? Tiger Beetle at Kendallwood is coming soon!

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Car Seats Designed So Baby Can See Out the Windshield? How Safe is That? Not!

Hello again Teen Reader~~

Clean Teen ReadsBecause Althea’s car seat plays such an important role in Flower in the Hills, you might be interested in taking a look at what car seats used to look like.

No Seat Belts; No Secure Infant Seats

I can remember as a little kid standing up in the back seat of our family Buick. When my younger brother and sister came along, they did the same thing. As an adult, I brought both my babies home from the hospital lying on a pillow on my lap.

Clean Teen ReadsNo one was even using seat belts back then, let alone safe, secure infant seats.

The earliest car seats were not designed for safety. They were to keep the child confined and to allow them to see out the windshield as they traveled. (The one pictured on the left would be similar to the one Latina gave to the Clouse family.)

Think of how many decades that cars have been roaring down our highways all across this nation, and yet it wasn’t until 1985 that the first child passenger safety laws were passed. That’s a lot of years of infants and small children being injured, or killed, in car wrecks because they were flying missiles inside the vehicle. It’s much different today with highly regulated safety rules for all infant seats.(Like the one pictured below.)

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A Wonderful Gift

But in our story (Flower in the Hills) the car seat for little Althea was a wonderful gift to the family – even if it didn’t meet today’s strict regulations. Did you like how the car seat played an important role in the climax of the plot? Tell me in the comments section below!

“Latina’s making like Casper the Ghost…”

Did you ever suffer from motion sickness when you were younger? Or maybe you do now even today. It’s pure agony, I can tell you. Poor Latina gets car sick as she experiences her first glimpse of the dark, brooding Ozark hills. (The above quote is from her younger brother, Dirk.) We’ll talk about motion sickness in the next blog! See you there…

Meanwhile, keep on reading,

Norma Jean

PS: If you haven’t received your free copy of Flower in the Hills – you can get it right here!

PPS: Heads up!  The second title in the Norma Jean Lutz Classic Collection is about a girl who’s all mixed up about whether to enjoy her passion in life –or worry about what others think of her.  Ever feel that way? Tiger Beetle at Kendallwood is coming soon!

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