~ The Eye of the Storm ~

During the dark hours over days eight and nine, I had contented myself with learning to draw the outline of the United Kingdom freehand. It was good to have something as tactile and engaging to do, when I really didn't have the energy to do anything physical or mentally demanding. I didn't get much better at drawing over the night, but I think that was mainly due to my mental state, and my total lack of artistic ability. I also practiced solving the Rubik's cube, which is a nice thing to be able to pick up and put down at will, as well as doing some Chisanbop. I wasn't really in the mood for Chisanbop though, as I was so mentally drained. Even simple maths was beyond me.

During the hardest hours I fell back on my mainstays of throwing cards into a hat (which I find great fun) as well as walking. I saved video games for any narcolepsy I had, which on day eight was none, and day nine was only one minor bout. I was honestly starting to think that I had side stepped all the nastiest bits from the last adaptation. I even thought, in some strange / warped way, that I was being repaid for all the pain I had to endured last time, and that I had somehow earned a free ride this time through.

I woke up from my 9:00-9:25am nap on the morning of day 10 and felt fantastic! I went for a walk in the fields near my house and felt almost totally recovered. I had adapted, and without all the pain of last time. Naturally this wasn't true, and I had made the most fundamental of mistakes. I was going to pay for my complacency later. I made the same mistake the first time I tried Uberman, but on day three. This time the false adaptation was much later and seemed much more believable. I think the golden rule is that you cannot let your guard down until at least day 20, for any reason. To do so, in my experience, is to tempt fate. After so much effort, that's the last thing you need.

On day 10 I not only felt fine in the morning, but felt better after each nap throughout the day. It was a very convincing pattern. I had imposed a rule upon myself up until this point, whereby I would not allow myself to sit down if I was not doing something engaging, and could not go anywhere near a sofa or bed, for any reason. I lifted this rule on the evening of the 10th day.