Okay, I have been doing relatively well with the diet- even decling to eat when I cannot measure- or accurately estimate- the protein in the food. I have skipped out on steak and ribs. Those were my favorites. Fortunately I love salad, so that is my "treat" during most days. However, I forgot my Phenylade Essentials and MTE powders today. I am working a double at work and am stuck without it... Although, I do have a half of a package of Phenylade Essentials from Friday in my backpack (I always bring it to work). So I am going to have to adapt and LEARN the LESSON! Otherwise, things are going well. I have been explaining PKU to my children lately and being more open about it to acquaintences, not just friends. The restrictions on my diet are not that big of a deal to me. In time my diet may be more restricted. I will deal with that. For now my game is trying to hit the exact protein total goal each day. I mean to the tenth of a gram. That is a challenge. It has been great talking to the others I have met who are dealing with PKU as either a parent, relative or PKUer. In a reference to my essay about being alone in the ocean, I will say it seems like I am not adrift on my own, but now on a cruise ship! Thanks everyone.