This morning I'm definitely farther along than I ever got before.
Together, we got through the really bad cycles where I couldn't stay awake. At this point, I may be able to finish the transition myself.
We beat the rough part by staying active, but even that was tough. At one point, we went to Wal-Mart (I didn't drive), and I was nearly sleep-walking for most of it. I have never been so tired before, even when waking up in the middle of a night of monophasic sleep. This was beyond sleepy or tired; I would've been walking into stuff if my friends weren't there. Actually, I probably would have sat down and fallen asleep, or not made it to Wal-Mart in the first place.
I have totally lost track of when things happened. I'm not sure if the trip to Wal-Mart was today or yesterday because I'm writing these after the fact since I was way too far gone to use a computer. Looking back it all runs together as one long narcoleptic endurance test.
During my noon nap today, I had a vivid dream, which is great! That means I finally broke my old sleeping habit and went to REM sleep right away. As I understand it, I'm through the hardest part. Today I still feel sleepy, but it's more like a day when I didn't sleep enough the night before. I'm still in danger of messing it all up by oversleeping, but I think I can manage by myself now.
Although in the afternoon my friends decided not to continue, it really helped to have their help. I wouldn't have made it on my own.