Well, what a week! I just got back from the beach, which was my first time away from home in 4 years. My first trip since being diagnosed with this DD. And I must say, it sure is more difficult than it used to be to put it mildly. I knew it was going to be hard, especially the sleeping situation, because I just don't sleep anywhere but my own bed. Sure enough, my fears were realized, and the bed I slept on was about as soft and comfortable as a concrete slab. I was in AGONY on it!! With my Cuddle Ewe quilt I brought with me and about 10 other pillows piled up, and many sleeping aids, I was able to get some sleep. But my back was in agony by the second or third day. I could hardly walk. We were supposed to stay a full week - Saturday to Saturday - but we came back Wednesday. I knew by Tuesday I was just "done". My very wise dh said, "You're not enjoying it anymore. It's time to go". The trip alone really took a lot out of me. Thank God my dh did all the driving or it would have been even worse. It's supposed to be about a 5 hour drive, but Saturday it took almost 9 hours due to horrible traffic!!! Aaaaahhhgggg!!!!! OK, on top of that, I was with my Mom, brother and his girlfriend, so I was in "socialize" mode the whole time. That and the fact that they TOTALLY don't get my illness (even though my mom supposedly has fibro too. I can't tell it). My brother and his girlfriend didn't seem to care what I did, they were on their own schedule, but my mom was particularly put out when I had to rest and couldn't constantly go shopping and eating out with her. On the positive side, my kids had a blast ,and I know they are at the age where they are making special family memories. So I HATE the thought of never traveling with them and doing fun things. Also, the ocean was georgeous, the air so clean and fresh, and I loved being in the warm water and sun all day. But boy, I am really debating whether or not it has been worth it. I am sore, sore, sore and exhausted beyond measure. More than the usual. I'm wondering how long it will take me to get back to "normal". I'm wondering how many of you are still able to travel. And if so, what special "accommodations" you have to make to do so? I hate to give up this pleasure, for myself and for my family's sake.