This may not be a big deal for those who never felt the pain of going through the dreadful fear of puking in the car. The pain is enormous as it envelops embarrassment, mess, headache and takes away all the fun of traveling. If I am traveling tomorrow, I get the hangover today. The thought is enough to provoke a feeling of nausea in me. I become deactivated and sick. My otherwise bright happy world gets transformed into a mundane space.
People say that it is in my head. That I should not worry myself about getting sick, that my mind is geared towards the thought that I will puke and so I puke. Some one told me that, in other countries people with the fear of puking are given a kind of clip to be attached in the ear. The clip is functionless mechanically but just a false assurance. The people get convinced and they do not puke. I don’t really know how far this is true but my solution is the tablet ‘avomine’. I carry a dozen when I am traveling around. I don’t care about its side effects as long as it saves me from the pain.
Different people react differently to this trait. Some are comforting and empathetic, some gives the disgusted look and some, they just want to run away. I remember an instance where once, me and my friends decided to get a lift in a bus as we had been walking for so long and we were tired. We stopped a bus between Dewathang to Samdrup Jongkhar and got in. The bus was excessively packed and I did not want to go standing. Before I could get out, the bus was running its full speed. I held onto the metal rod above my head. my inner puking machine got heated up and i was trying hard to control it. suddenly, the feeling was at the peak when the conductor came asking for money and what he got was my undigested lunch on his sweater. He left after swearing at me and I saved some bucks. I was too sick to mind his words and got off in the next check post.
We could use some empathy for we also do not enjoy the pukes. So, next time you see someone next to you puking, spare the disgusted look or hold your tongue. Let’s puke in peace.