About a week ago, Justin and I were given the opportunity to visit a theme park with The Mosby’s and some of their summer-students. It was a great day, but something odd happened. I would like to share it with you, perhaps in the hope that some of you can relate (and maybe we won’t feel as
As kids, Justin and I both loved roller-coasters! In fact, were it not for queues at theme parks, we would had rode the same rides over and over and over again. A few years ago, while living in London (correction – about 10 years ago) I went to a theme park and rode every ride more than 10 times. A couple of years later, I went to ‘Ratanga Junction’ in Cape Town and attempted to do the same thing, but oddly enough a couple of the rides made me pretty nauseous! I passed it off as a “bad day”, as I am prone to nausea anyway. At ‘Six Flags Over Texas’ two years ago, I managed to be relatively fine – except for one ride that Justin and I did three times in a row because we had purchases “fast track” tickets, which allowed us to cut the queues.
Fast forward to last week, and we find ourselves at a Theme Park in China. It was a sweltering day, and the humidity was probably up to 100%. Not too long after entering the park, we had already lost the crowd that we arrived with (many children and some parents). We had our eyes set on the adrenaline-type area, filled with roller-coasters and other spinning contraptions.
Well, let me tell you… After ONE ride I was feeling pretty darn ill! Not just a little queasy, but really sick! Need-to-lay-down type of sick. Apparently I was not the only one. The husbands looked pretty dizzy too, but Heather was smiling and ready for more. I loved her enthusiasm, and wished that I felt the same. So much so that I tried to ignore the fact that my stomach was tight and my nausea increasing by the second! I so much wanted to be happy and enjoying these rides, but my body was not co-operating!
Next we headed to a third ride. Another “spinner”! I knew that this one might not be good, but still, I wanted to have a good time so I thought, “Why not? What’s a little nausea?”
There were two people per carriage, so Zach and Heather sat in the carriage ahead of us. At first the ride was great, however exhilaration was soon replaced with nausea. Half way through (at that point when you realise there is NOTHING you can do to make the ride stop, and it is not even half way done yet) I started yelling, “Make it stop, plllleeeaassee make it stop!!” Justin was laughing his head off!
Let me present you with three photos showing my gradual DECLINE on this ride…
I think that I am starting to feel “my age”. Yeah sure, I know I’m not old, but I’m starting to feel the effects of heading out of my 20’s and into my 30’s. When I was a kid, I could ride the spinners for hours without having any negative effects. As a teenager, I could spend all day riding roller-coasters at theme parks and leave only when the gates closed, wishing that the day could have gone on for longer! And now, here I am at almost 30 only THREE rides in and I could barely walk!
We had to rest on a bench after this ride. I drank a little 7 up and then lay down on the bench and tried to ease the uncomfortable feeling in my stomach and hangover-like nausea. My brain felt like it had been placed in a blender. Sadly, at this point, I wanted nothing more than to go home!!
Unbelievably to me, Zachary and Heather still managed to do a round on the Tea Cups and Justin was able to go over to them to watch and take photos. Heather waved at me as they climbed into the cups. I had to force a smile, and then quickly look away so as to miss seeing the spinning start. Even watching would probably cause me to throw up!
Six Flags over Texas, August 2011
You would think that I had recovered after 20 minutes or so, but a couple of hours later I was still finding it hard not to hate this day. While the others bought some lunch, I stumbled off to a vacant staircase and lay down on the floor. Yes, on the floor. Justin found me 15 minutes later.
Talk about a party-pooper!
Has anyone else noticed the same thing happening to them?
Are rides pretty much the same now as when you were a teenager, or do they affect you differently now that you are getting older?