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No Smell I 
27th-Mar-2009 11:55 pm
Kirk -- No beach
(So a giant, rock-like creature, wounded by phaser fire, backs away from the slab of slate where it's been gently vibrating for several seconds, leaving behind the strange words, "No Smell I.")

After a week of lying around reading, when I wasn't lying around moaning, I finally went back to work and to the damn doctor today. Yes, I've broken down and starting taking a dreaded antibiotic. Why? Because I have the worst sinus infection of my life, and several days ago I realized I had completely lost the sense of smell.


No, I'm not sneezing or plugged up anymore. I just can't smell anything. Not anything bad, not anything good. Food has absolutely no taste. And I can actually claim that my shit doesn't stink.

After several alarming stories on line and from folks I know (Mack's wife didn't get her sense of smell back for seven months!), I called the doctor. He scoffed at the idea the loss could be permanent or even semi-permanent and told me to stop surfing the net about it. I've chosen to take it as a sign from a higher power that I have to stop obsessing about food.

Life's a beach, but at the current time I can't smell the ocean.

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28th-Mar-2009 07:44 am (UTC)
I'm just glad you were actually starting to smell some things late tonight! I sense (pun intended) that you're already on the mend, meds aside.

I'm so sorry you've suffered like this, though. What a miserable bug! I felt pretty helpless not being able to do much to make you feel better.

I love the 'No Smell I' thing. (heh)
31st-Mar-2009 04:11 am (UTC)
(sickness passes, lucky for me . . . hopefully I'll get my nose back . . . I really miss the smell of poop!)
28th-Mar-2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Doc says it is due to stuffed sinuses but my nose has been useless or worse for over 10 years. Rarely does it do its smelling job. It can be good and bad.
31st-Mar-2009 04:11 am (UTC)
It's drivin' me nuts, and I'm iffy enough to start with . . .
29th-Mar-2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Glad that you'll live; hopefully you'll get better soon. I can't begin to imagine how that's like.
31st-Mar-2009 04:13 am (UTC)
It's beyond weird . . . I guess it's considered the 'expendable' sense, but it has so much to do with memory, the smell of the sea, the smell of cut grass, the smell of popcorn or cookies baking or our lilac bush . . . I'm making Charlie tell me what everything smells like right now.
29th-Mar-2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
hm. Sorry to hear about that...

Well, I cured my sinus-problem by looking into Louise Hay: it said something like 'a person close to you annoys you', I think. I took a closer look, & lol it was true!! :)
/maybe I completely turned this around & it says something different, so do take a look!! or tell & I'll go find the book../

Anyway, it did help to solve the problem, sort things with that eprson & my view of her.. And things got better!
(Also, I switched to cloth hankies, I think my nose is happier with that too.. than the paper ones.. Depends on the detergent too, I guess..)

I only had (minor) problems after I got some well-chlorinated pool water into my nose last summer.. so this may have some effect too.. (not sure if it applies to you, just thought I'd mention it..)

Also, do you have any 'problematic' stuff in the house/flat? A doctor online says that if you live with iffy chemicals, at first the nose (& body) goes 'oversensitive' & then stops registering smell..
so, maybe take a guess what new stuff you bought/started using when this started happening? or was something built in the neighbourhood? (like a factory/new houses with chimneys/...?) Might need to be a bit of a detective, but you could find stuff-?

Anyhoo, hope things get better soon!! :)
31st-Mar-2009 04:16 am (UTC)
Interesting . . . on my way home the night I got so sick, I smelled a strong chemical smell, and when I got home Charlie had colored her hair . . . I talked to a board member today who told me she lost her sense of smell for two years, and now she can't tolerate the smell of exhaust. I'm also convinced our office is bad in some insidious way. Everyone is sick.
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