Thank you for giving me hope and for the thread. I'm nervous about the zinc. After I got the cold, I decided to take cal-mag-zinc tablets because zinc was supposed to be good for that. I also took Ricola cough drops, but don't know if there is any zinc in them. Not being able to use these senses is very disorienting and takes away one of life's major pleasures. Not just the food, but the ability to smell fresh air, roses, etc. If I hold up a strong spice or perfume to my nose, I can smell it briefly and once in awhile I get a brief whiff of something, although it almost seems like an illusion. I can't taste anything at all. Have tried wasabi, peppers, etc. but they just burn my tongue. Can experience textures though. Unfortunately the only textures that are satisfying right now are bread, butter and cheese. Tomatoes, which I normally love, feel icky. I hope I get back to normal soon.