A correspondent asked for a Zicam update. Most of this is cribbed from the answer I sent him. I did get my sense of taste back about a day or two after stopping the Zicam, and the cold did seem to clear up faster than I expected, as well. I'd really miss being able to taste food. As I think about it, I guess there's not really any sense that I'd volunteer to give up. The new thinking is that balance is also a sense. For some reason (actually there were reasons, I just don't want to go into them) I used to dread losing my sense of balance and I guess I still do a little. So, okay, if senses were a Sophie's choice kind of thing, I'd definitely want balance, oh, and sight. But I'd miss hearing things, and feeling the wind where my hair used to be. I don't think about smelling things much, except I did plant a Mayday tree once.
Man, what a mistake that was. For about two weeks a year they smell great, but when you look up, they've insinuated themselves everywhere. It's like, "Can you at least prune those things so I can see the TV?" On the one hand, we do watch too much television, but still.