My daughter left on 9/17. I have been preparing through this site (and others) reading everything I can since the end of February when she entered DEP. I was prepared for the first 24hours!! In fact, other than the hurry-up and wait, everything went better than expected! My "I'm here" phone call came at 20:15 - about 6 hours earlier than I thought it would. She was calm and there was no yelling in the background. I have found the more I tell of my experience to friends and co-workers the less I cry. Talking really helps.