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Things I took for granted.

Quote from Wikipedia: Anosmia ‘The inability to perceive odour ‘

Quote from me: ‘I can’t smell bugger all’

I went for a walk around the estate this afternoon to post a letter that said ‘you should be on the electoral register but if you don’t that’s ok we’ll just charge you £100 for being a naughty girl’! That cleared my head!

However, while I was walking I realised that sometimes I forget there is such a thing as smell, that the world doesn’t actually smell at all, and everybody’s nose is just a vessel to breath through.
I think the world doesn’t smell of anything because there is nothing to smell.
Food doesn’t smell of anything, cut grass doesn’t smell of anything flowers don’t smell of anything, and perfume, what’s the point in that if you can’t smell it?
It’s only when I look at these things that I realise they do smell, especially the things I’ve just described, as they are, or were nice smells. It’s just that I can’t smell them. Thing is I can’t smell horrible things either like sour milk or dare I say it sweat, or bad breath, but even that would be OK because it would be a smell!
I know that this sounds like I’m feeling sorry for myself, I suppose I am, but that’s how I feel at the moment. I need to let it out, to explain it even of its just to myself and maybe people who would be interested in reading this?


I’m a UK girl and have been writing for approximately two years. I also love to sing and did that as a profession for 15 years. However even though I still enjoy singing, now my real passion in life is writing. After suffering a head injury, which caused me to lose my sense of smell and taste, (Anosmia), writing became a way of venting my frustration and anger from this life changing condition. It became a way of escaping form the reality of it too. I started to love writing especially when I discovered how much satisfaction I got from it. This led me to the realisation that I wanted to become a writer. At the moment I enjoy writing short stories and have finished writing a children’s storybook of prose. I have an obsession with dragons, collect dragon paraphernalia, and am planning on having a dragon tattoo to cover up my old tatty faded one, when I feel brave enough that is. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my writing, please keep coming back for more.

5 thoughts on “Things I took for granted.

  1. Absolutely with you on all this. With Christmas coming, Anosmia/Parosmia is an absolute SOD. Keep the Blog going – and I hope you (and I, I suppose) get that revelatory first sniff of smell and taste returning that I've read about in other corners of the Web. I'm told it could happen – so I try to believe it! Regards, Simon in Cornwall.


  2. Your quote is so true, as I get older I wonder how i survive in this world without a sense of smell. I forget at times well most times that the bread or whatever is cooking gives off a scent. As you said to be able smell the bad smells would be welcomed just for a bit. Then I wonder if I can do this will I miss it.


  3. Hi Tracy I know what you mean, I've had Anosmia for just over a year now, and I now have Parosmia as well, but, I don't know if you've read my most recent post, I have got a few things back since then that aren't unpleasant, so don't give up hope. Thanks for your comment.


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