Hi, all! I finally got home late last night, after a two and a half hour delay in my flight home from Seattle. It's good to be home, but I still feel like I have a rocking deck under my feet. My brain still thinks we are at sea. I'm told this will stop after a day or two. I HOPE so. The cruise went well, after starting with a migraine from solvents being used to remodel the hotel in which we stayed the night before the cruise. The headache hit our first night at sea, but I was ok by morning. I had a great time, finally succumbed to the fabulous dessert layout the last day on board, so I did pretty well, food-wise. I ate a lot of fish (we were in Alaska, after all!) and tried to stay with lots of fruits and veggies. Not sure how much weigth I gained, but only a couple pounds, I think. Balancing herself and bracing her legs against the rough sea the first night and day at sea bothered my mom's hips and back, so she had a lot of pain in those areas during the cruise. Her fibro kicked up too, so she wasn't too happy most of the cruise. She said this cruise pointed out clearly her limitations for traveling. I wish I could do more for her, she is so unhappy about this. I had a good week with my Mom, though, good bonding time. We talked and talked about everything and anything. I will treasure this time with her. In Juneau, I went whale watching on a catamaran boat, and spent a lot of time out on deck in the wind and salt spray and rain. I knew what the consequences would be, but I did it anyway. We saw 3 different pods of humpback whales and bald eagles and black tailed Sitka deer, and Stellar seals. Quite a successful voyage! I figured all the salt spray and rain in my face was an 'Alaskan facial'! Well, wind burn, anyway. It was exhilarating!! I did pay for that with sinus and fibro problems for a couple days, but it was well worth it!! I want to go back to the town of Ketchikan, as it is set in a gorgeous rain forest. Mom stayed aboard, and I explored the town and surroundings myself. I was feeling good that day, so was able to do a lot of walking and a little hiking on the trails. I want to go back there, stay in the lodge that is accessed by a tram going up the mountain or by trails throught the forest, and take tours from there. I have some research to do... Not sure I want to do a lot of cruising, as I was a bit frustrated by needing to stick to their schedule. However, the service was excellent, the food was superb and way too plentiful, and the ship was elegant and clean and exceptionally well maintained. A good week, now comes the unpacking and laundry and back to reality. I need to feel like the ground is stable under me, too. Oh... the ship had Purell stations all over the place, and all the passengers were encouraged to 'Purell' frequently and wash our hands often. We were handed antibacterial hand wipes when returned from shore, as we went through security. Good idea, with the potential for illness spreading within a closed community like a ship. I appreciated this health measure! So, I am home and doing well, slept well on board and hope that continues at home. Thank you all for your advice and encouraqement before I left. BTW, 12.5 mg meclizine (dramamine) was very useful and didn't make me sleepy at all. Yay! be well, Beth.