I'm at the point now that if I could taste it, I'd eat it.
I can see how someone would get suicidal if it was permanent. Before it happened to me I thought, "Man, that would suck."
Now that I've gone most of a week, it doesn't just suck, it's frickin' torture.
If it does happen to be permanent I'll probably just start buying Ensure or something like it in bulk and try to find some other hobby and social activity.
I'm sure it's going to come back at some point. As you pointed out with your data above, it's a very small % chance it does not.
The reporting of your experience is really hitting home though and makes us aware of how much we take for granted. Man it sucks.
The randomness of this thing is so weird how some are affected and at different levels.