I have a secret to share. After a bout of Covid, my olfactory senses were completely gone.
At first, I didn’t put too much thought into it since I believed I would regain my sense of smell quickly. But as the months passed, I realized I needed to make a few adjustments. I read about Smell Retraining Therapy and how you can retrain your brain by smelling 4 specific essential oils. Choose a scent and smell it for 15 seconds while asking yourself to remember what it smells like.
Well, that lasted all for one week. I’d go back to it sometimes, but it wasn’t a routine. And at the end of the page I was researching, it read, “be patient.”
Before losing my sense of smell, I never realized how much aromas play into other senses, like touch and taste. I had to relearn how to cook, as I no longer could rely on my nose to tell me when food was done or if something smelled off.
I started using technology to aid in cooking. One beneficial tool is the timer on my phone.
This has been especially useful with baking; having a timer helps ensure that baked goods don’t go from perfectly done to burned in seconds flat! It’s saved me plenty of times. Who hasn’t burned something in their oven before?
The other day, I left the house and forgot to throw out the garbage. During the day, my son came to the house and immediately thought I had left the gas on. Oh…I may need a timer for this too. LOL
I have become more sensitive to energy too. I noticed my other senses– hearing, sight, and touch have intensified. I have no better way to explain what happened the other day with my sweatshirt. When I held it close to my face, I still felt its softness and the cozy feeling in my hands. It brought an unmistakable sigh of pleasure from me.
When I go to the beach, I am aware of how my whole body tingles with the cool ocean hitting me. I can almost taste the saltiness on my lips. It brings such a wonderful feeling.
I did notice that chemicals or overpowering scents still bring a discomforting feeling in my temples and nostrils.
Having an Australian Shephard in the office is an amusing irony. Despite her owner being around, she never wants anyone to take her for a walk–except for me. When we venture out, she stops at every bush and every little oddity on the ground and gives it a nice little sniff. No matter how much I urge her to keep going, she stares at me as if sending the message, “I know what your secret is – let me enjoy smelling this”! She’ll make an excellent drug or bomb-sniffing dog.
My story is just one example of many proving that life without your sense of smell doesn’t have to be limiting – instead, finding unique ways to use your other senses until you get some sense of smell back.
Anyone out there who’s experiencing a loss of smell too? How are you handling it?