Donna - welcome back and I agree with Jiggle, you get cool points with me for passing on the goodies on your trip. 73 days is fantastic! You have some great willpower.
Kitty - I know that a lot of people on the forum recommend supplements, like Magnesium, Potassium and B-12 to assist in the diet. Have you tried any of these? I would make sure that the brand is a good one and do a little research. My wife took our supplements to the doctor and she said they were garbarge, but recommended some good ones. I can't remember the brand at this time...I got some emotional turmoil during my round too. Especially during the 2 days I stopped the drops when entering P3. "Stupid allergies" I'd say at work when I'd get all misty eyed...
MyDogRudy - P3 is super fun and easy. After your 2 days of VLCD with no drops, add 1 new food every 2-3 days and keep an eye on the scale to make sure you don't have a food sensitivity to it. My first addition was eggs (YUM!). After that I did dairy, then some vegetables, whatever you want, just no sugar or starches. Having Mayo again tasted so sinful but so good. It's also really important to up your intake and calories significantly. There's a whole section on P3 on the forum here that will be much more helpful than anything I can say. You will probably be really nervous when weighing in the first few days, thinking "I have to have a huge gain after everything I ate yesterday" but you'll be pleased to see the opposite. Once you stay consistently within 2 pounds of our last drop day weight (I actually lost another 3 pounds before I stabilized) you are good. If you go over 2 pounds, do a steak day (no breakfast or lunch and eat a huge steak for dinner with either a whole apple or tomato). If you see your weight starting to creep up but not hit the 2 pound mark, you can do a protein day, where all you do is eat only protein all day (trying to eat every 2-3 hours, but with your schedule, that may be tough).
I have LOVED P3 and have been taking baby steps in P4. I feel much safer with P3 foods and get nervous when thinking about adding starches. I've done Pizza successfully (which tasted very nice) and had mixed results with Ezekiel Bread, but I haven't tried potatoes or regular bread yet.
I hope everybody has a wonderful 4th of July!