Staggers and jags
Also known as
Scientific name: Delirium tremens
A disease feared by many a sailor. Most of them know of staggers and jags as during their days at sea they most likely have seen a fellow crew mate suffering from this dreadful disease.
It most often happens near the end of long voyages, especially when journeys take longer than expected. Trembling madness does not discriminate and affects ratings and officers alike.
The first symptoms of Staggers and Jags are sweating and tremors, soon followed by anxiety attacks. Fear of shadows or seeing little critters everywhere are common among patients.
This is soon followed by restlessness, all round confusion, disorientation, loss of memories, and a loss of the concept of time, which will lead to insomnia.
Together with the pre-existing condition, the insomnia will only lead to worse psychosis, terrifying hallucinations, loss of balance and motor skills, which will lead to aggression in the clearer moments.
This is all due to the absense of the cause that contributed to the status of the patient before he fell ill with stagers and jags, they can get over this with time.
There is no cure in the form of potions or medicine, but the cure of time. The body must get used to the new status, and readjust all its settings. Staggers and jags is a transfer period, resulting in the patient being removed from causes that dictated his previous stable condition. This readjusting takes time and is unpleasant. Some patients can do this in hours, most take several days, some even weeks. And even others don't survive the disease at all.
Some patients seem to be getting better fast, but then suffer from relapses hours or days later. One must be carefull of that.
Besides the body, there is also the mind to take care of, which can take years to adjust fully.
If the patient seems uncurable, or they are needed now for ship's emergency reasons. You can bring them back to the settings before Staggers and Jags struck, by re-exposing them to the causes.
List of symptoms
- Confusion (rapidly aggravating)
- Terrifying hallucinations
- Fear of objects and shadows
- Seeing of critters
- Loss of memories
- Loss of concept of time (mixing up day and night)
- Loss of Balance
- Loss of motor skills
- Very high body temperature
Because being drunk, especially continuously, is a reason to dismiss a crew member from the ship. This was sometimes, if it was a good working crewmember or a very well-liked person, kept hidden. And they attributed the symptom to other diseases, Malaria being a handy one.