#2: Fresh Air
You’d think out there in the middle of the ocean, we’d be getting so much wonderful fresh sea air, right? Only, no. I’m pretty sure one of the main reasons everyone’s health wanes over the course of their contract is actually the quality of the air being piped into our cabins and work spaces. It’s dry. Super dry. Dry eyes, dry throats, dry noses, dry skin, dry lips, dry lungs… it’s inescapable.
A few months ago, I woke up one morning to find that the world was spinning around me. I struggled to work, ended up hanging over a toilet with extreme vertigo and nausea for half an hour, managed to make it back to my room, and laid extremely still on the floor for several hours in order to stave off the terrible need to vomit. I forced myself back to work after a while, and by noon, it had cleared up completely. Odd. Considering I had not been near alcohol for a while and did not appear to have any other signs of illness such as a fever, my boyfriend and I were extremely confused at this random incident. Then, while talking with a fellow crew member about it that night, we found out he had experienced the exact same thing the previous day. He had consulted the ship doctors, who informed him that the terrible vertigo was the result of “air particles.” Apparently, some chemical they use to clean out the air ducts is known to make people terribly ill. Oh goody. How kind of them.