I've succesfully survived the first two weeks off of Diazepam, and I should be past the point where the withdrawal symptoms peak and start to gradually fade. It may have been the longest 14 days of my life so far, but now it's behind me, and though there will be rebounds, they will never get as intense again. I'll probably feel awfully sick and suffer from various lingering symptoms for months to come, but at least I know now the ailments are on their way out. To extend the mountaineering metaphor, I have reached the top of the mountain, but I still have to climb down and navigate through the foothills to find kinder terrain and hopefully eventually back home.
In totally unrelated news, the feathered ornithopod I've hinted at in the past is now public. If you haven't already, go read the news here: Siberian dinosaur spreads feathers around the dinosaur tree
, and there are more pics on Dave Hone's personal blog
to ogle at. Exciting times...
P.S: I'd like to thank everyone for your support and encouragement. Even though I didn't manage to reply to anything past day 1, I read every message and they meant a lot to me.