I know I’m on dry land, but my body doesn’t.

I’m swaying. Rocking. Like I’m still on the boat. But I’m not. I KNOW I’m not. I just feel like I am. I only notice it when I’m still. And I don’t dare close my eyes without holding onto something. PinkGirl and FavoriteSon both fell over in the shower last night. Poor kids. Their mother should have warned them not to close their eyes in the shower or to make sure they hold onto the wall if they do.


See, when you spend all day on a boat, it’s not uncommon to feel like you are still swaying when you are on dry land later. Some call it Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, some argue that your inner ear is out of whack and needs to get back to normal, some refer to it as “sea legs” versus “land legs.” Some people claim it lasts for days or weeks.

In our case, we spend the day trying to stay balanced despite the motion of the waves and when we get home – when we are still – we can really feel it. And when we close our eyes? We can REALLY feel it. I notice it the most when I close my eyes in the shower to rinse the shampoo out of my hair and when I lay down to go to sleep that night. In the shower, I have to hold onto the wall. At bedtime, I just eventually fall asleep. It appears FavoriteSon and PinkGirl have the same problem.

It’s weird. Strange. Wrong.

But thankfully, the rocking is usually gone by the next morning.

PinkGirl was definitely feeling it last night when she closed her eyes to go to sleep, but she was so wiped out she crashed anyway.

Me too.

One thought on “I know I’m on dry land, but my body doesn’t.

  1. It’s just like going to an amusement park and still feeling the rides when you’re back home in bed!

    Linda – I believe it! I hate those “motion sickness” rides (simulators). And I just walked 2.5 miles on the treadmill, so when I got in the shower it didn’t feel like rocking, it felt like rocking on a conveyor belt. (by JSM)

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