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A Sense Of Kefalonia

Both my husband and myself love the beautiful island of Kefalonia. In fact so much so that we’ve bought a little rundown cottage over there to renovate. However that’s another story!

We went to Kefalonia a week ago, ahhh it seems like an eternity now we’re back to the nitty gritty of everyday life. There were a few revelations for me while I was over there however. Let me tell you about them.

  • My sense of smell vanished, not just a little but completely! 

Whilst here in England it had returned a little. For example I could smell certain types of candle, especially spiced notes with cinnamon in, also vanilla candles. I also got the odd smell of my perfume while I was spraying it on, and could smell food cooking if it was strong like curry for example. They were quite faint but definitely there.

Once I was in Kefalonia however….nothing. I didn’t even notice a first as I was enjoying the sunshine and relaxation so much. It clicked when we were strolling past taverns that often lined the streets, with Greek music playing softly in the background. Am I making it sound idyllic yet? On one of our little strolls while we were deciding where to eat, I asked my husband if he could smell the food or was it quite faint, thinking maybe it was because we weren’t that close to where they were cooking it. He said yes he could smell it and I asked him to describe the smells as I always did. Spicy Kebabs, fish, hot sauces. All the things I had faint smells of in England….what?!

  • I didn’t mind

Now don’t get mad at me here. Yes I was surprised, but it didn’t make me want to cry like it used to. I accepted it, I was calm. I think it was my whole state of mind. I let it wash over me and it felt fine. Getting angry and upset about it is understandable I know but the fact that I was somewhere where I wasn’t fighting with early morning traffic, or having to drag myself out of bed after a sleepiness night, or go to a job that I hated, made the whole thing seem less of a problem.

  • No Parosmia if you don’t know what I’m talking about check out this link.

I ate food and it didn’t taste like dog sh…. anymore, again the calm feeling was there. Elated too of course! Ok I couldn’t taste anything apart from the four true tastes. Salt, sweet, hot and umami, (very rich food i.e. strong/cheesy ), and they were faint but hey what would you prefer?

  • When we reluctantly returned to England my slight sense of smell came back.

However so did my Parosmia. Not when eating but when smelling certain things, they weren’t that pleasant, especially when I was tired or stressed.

I do believe your state of mind can worsen these distortions. For example if I wake up at night I can get a smell as if the air is sweaty, I’ve often had a bad day i.e. stressful, upsetting or just plain horrible so…..get the picture here?

  • These things have really made me think about my quality of life.

Ok so you cant go rushing off to a lovely island if your Parosmia gets worse, or your stress levels get so high that you cant cope. But you can walk away for a bit, enjoy other things. The sound of the birds singing, a beautiful sunset a lovely cuddle off your nearest and dearest, (yes ok a bit corny). Walk, run, give that stress a beating, take up a hobby, read a favourite book anything to take your mind in a different direction.

I still get days when my Anosmia floors me and I want to throw things around the room, when I bury my head in a pillow trying to lessen the Parosmia smell. It is less often now though. I breath, I calm my energy, I think of the positives and it really does help.

So I intend to create a little piece of Kefalonia in my mind. 745C3F17-0A3D-4CB7-9C61-8B03F30984ED[1] I can go to it when it all gets too much, play my Greek music, have a BBQ, yes I can enjoy things like that now. Raining ha, no problem we’ve put up a gazeebo! I wont be floored that easily.

When I return to my little Island, well ok not my Island as such! I wont be worried if my sense of smell goes for a bit. Maybe it wont this time, who knows? I’ll just live for the moment and enjoy my life, dive into the unknown, the sea is really warm over there. Sorry I’ll shut up now!


Do you have a place of calm? What are your coping strategies? Please share in the comments if you would like to.

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “A Sense Of Kefalonia

  1. How wonderful that you have your place on Kefalonia, and very strange that things changed for you while here. I’m sure being relaxed and less stressed had a lot to do with it, I wonder if the heat did too?

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    1. I think the heat may have played a part in it actually. Possibly dampening my sense of smell further, that being the case it may improve but either way I’m happy there and that is more important to me these days. Thanks for your comments.

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  2. Yes I thought the heat may have something to do with it too. Glad you had such a wonderful holiday and you are right to try and capture that lovely sense of peace when you get back to your everyday life.
    My coping strategy is to get up about an hour earlier than hubby and mum-in-law, usually around 6a.m. and to read my daily reading and the references to the Bible for that day. I try and keep this in mind especially in the stresses that follow. I also like to do a crossword or similar whilst enjoying the first cup of tea of the day. Bliss!

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    1. I’m glad you have a coping strategy it’s very important in the fast paced and sometimes stressful world. We had a lovely holiday and will be going back as soon as possible. Thanks for your comments.

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  3. Ahh renovating a cottage sounds super exciting. I know ‘self care’ can sound a little cliched but it is important to remember – I’ve just done 12 days without a break at work which included 25hrs overtime – doing this always heightens my anxiety and everything seems worse than it probably is. I’m now taking two days off and doing loads of things I enjoy – hopefully I’ll start to feel like myself again!

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  4. Reading this makes me think you are in a different place now Debbie – one of acceptance (even if it is with reluctance) but also of calm with the use of coping strategies. You are pretty amazing considering the changes you have had to endure and your strength of character comes through. Thanks for sharing your experience – I have learnt a lot from reading your posts. 😊

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  5. Its so important to have a place of calm whether its a physical place or inside your head. Sitting here on the couch, recovering from an operation, I keep day-dreaming of many wonderful places, and I’m really inspired to see as much of the world as possible when I feel better. Kefalonia looks beautiful and how exciting you’ve found a retreat and a project! A change of environment certainly sounds like the reason for your change in symptoms. But next time you go back, it will most likely have changed again. xx

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