Sunday, January 23, 2011

For that which was lost has been returned to me.

I can smell again!

(This is a good thing.)

This latest cold/flu/whatever hit me much harder than anything has hit me for a while, and for the first time I can remember I could not smell a thing. Ammonia, vinegar, fried food, absolutely no sensation whatsoever. It's like watching a movie with sound off or switching from digital TV to an old black and white.

Very disconcerting.

I decided early on to get cold medicine that promised not to knock me out, but after going for days without the sense of smell and not having to teach until Monday, I decided this weekend to bring out the big guns and got some generic stuff with Sudafed in it.

That did the trick.

And to show my gratitude to the Powers That Be, which in this particular case is modern medical science, I am going to dedicate this week on Lotsa 'Splainin' 2 Do to Stuff I Like.

And so it is written and so it shall be done.


Mauigirl said...

So happy for you! I had the flu once back in 2000 and I didn't get my sense of smell back for 3 months! It was awful. I couldn't taste anything. And stuff smelled funny too; coffee for instance. And I love coffee. It finally went away after those three months were over. Nothing helped but time. I've heard that flu virus can affect the nerves in your nose which would explain it. Glad you were not afflicted as long as I was. I would rather go deaf than lose my sense of smell, I've decided!

Matty Boy said...

As far as I can recall, this is the first time my sense of smell was completely gone, and since this was pretty miserably memorable, I'm going to assume it was the first time. I would have been mental if it lasted three months, you must have the patience of a saint!

Without scent, eating was a chore like flossing. It also made me a little self-conscious worrying that I might smell bad and not even know it. I do bathe daily, but one never knows.