I’d like to tell you about my husband…….he is so generous that sometimes he lets me share his nose. I know it sounds crazy, but think about it ….there’s a towel that I haven’t washed for a bit, or my lovely slob out jumper that I wear all the time. Well I don’t know if they need washing, I cant smell them. So this is where my husbands nose comes in handy! I am constantly asking him ‘does this need a wash, do I need a wash?’ (Only joking I still know my hygiene)! What is that horrible, remember my Parosmia, smell in the air? Because I know there’s something there, and I want to know its true smell! It’s frustrating not to naturally be able to do these things on my own, as when he’s out, I have no way of knowing. I feel very vulnerable sometimes, if I forgot to switch the gas hob off, I wouldn’t be able to smell it on my own, or if there was a fire I wouldn’t be able to smell the smoke.
He has also become a natural at taste testing, as I still attempt to cook oh dear! The thing is I don’t forget how to cook I just have to make sure I don’t over do it, with the chilli for example, or how much salt, cumin, herbs, garlic I put in. I’m sure you get the picture! I have since however made a rather enlightening discovery. The Allium family ( no not Adams family), of vegetables, are awful for me to eat as my parosmia kicks in big style. Onion, garlic, spring onions, chives, the lot, l now can’t stand! The problem is also that so many things have onion powder in that I now have to cook from scratch carefully!! Otherwise I’d never eat anything savoury again. But at least now I know one of the triggers, so its avoidable.
My amazing, supportive husband is the only one who can be there to help me with all these situations, as he has to live with it day to day. Hats off to ya honey xx