Got a good nights sleep (a little over 7 hours) and today I feel ok. I have no desire to go through again what I did to my body yesterday so this morning I have decided to do a slower taper. I cut a 5mg pill in half and took that to do this safely and I feel much more confident in this method than cold turkey.
It absolutely pi$$es me off that some people can just STOP taking this stuff and feel no withdrawal and I take the stuff for 2 months and go through a surreal experience where I feel like I can't control my own body. I guess that's just the nature of medication in and of itself...it effects everyone differently. I've heard stories of people who can just stop smoking cigarettes cold turkey after daily smoking for 10 or 20 years whereas others couldn't stop if their life was on the line. This has been a learning experience for me and I now have a greater understanding and respect for prescription medicines, particularly benzo's.
Just when you think you know it all, you get a schooling lesson. How my body reacts today to the reduction will determine how I handle tomorrow. I think i'll be just fine and perhaps tomorrow, I can do w/o any. I'm hoping for a worst case scenario of a 7 day taper to nothing and from what I've read on the "Ashton method", this is the best way to handle it with the least amount of consequences. I feel much more confident in this method and will keep posting in hopes that my experience will help others seeking some answers who may be in a similar situation.