…one man's contribution to the Weeeeerly Wild World
My tube of shower gel was running low so I delved into my cupboard to select another – I have quite a stash thanks to all the Christmas presents from years gone by that I receive more frequently than I consume.
My brother was visiting while I unpacked a tube from its fancy packaging; these things are so overly packaged by manufactures for Christmas, to add on some extra value, it’s ridiculous. Some consist of two or three containers/tubes/spray cans of stuff, packaged in a plastic tray within a cardboard box, some boxes are more substantial and have a plastic film window, some are packaged as ‘travel’ packs complete with fabric carry case, some are even in sturdy metal tins… why!?
I removed the cap from my chosen tube, and pealed off the additional foil cap, and had a sniff…
I shrugged – this was to be expected. My brother commented that whoever had chosen this particular set for me had good taste – it was quality stuff, except I couldn’t smell anything.
I handed it to him and he confirmed it did smell – he suggested I give the tube a gentle squeeze to push the smell up into my nose.
I tried again and concentrated hard while I took long slow inhalation through my nostril, but still nothing.
A further wise suggestion from my brother was that the shower gel would be activated by the warm water of the shower, and then I’d smell it (just like how I smell my current shower gel).*
*I used some of the new shower gel as bubble bath… I still couldn’t smell it, but it made good bubbles!
It’s not as if I can’t smell anything. Some things I can smell, or I’m convinced I am, but floral fragrances generally not; given a bouquet of flowers to smell, or if I stick my nose in a daffodil, I’ll get nothing. If I stick my nose over an open bag of coffee beans, yummy, I can smell that, I have an open bag of dry roasted peanuts on my desk and if I suspend my nose over the opening, I can smell the contents.
Did I always have a poor sense of smell or did something happen to cause it, or was it gradual decline? I don’t know but I have two ideas:
Then today on BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour was dedicated to the topic of ansomia – the lost of the sense of smell. Here are some interesting points that were raised:
Anomsima affects our ability to: