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Friday, June 13th, 2008
12:37 pm
hi, i'm sandi, non-smeller

i am 16 years old and i am congenitally anosmic.  i have found only a few communities online for anosmics and no one who has even heard of it in real life.  i'm glad to meet all of you!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
2:29 pm
An outsider
My brother, 20, has anosmia and has since I can remember. He remembers not smelling around age 4 but without any memories before that, we are lead to believe it is congenital. He has had his adenoids removed but this was after we first knew about his problem. He spent a week at the Taste and Smell Clinic in Washington DC and all they could tell him is that he couldn't smell and there was no real reason why not.

Now my youngest brother, 11, is claiming he can't smell either. Now, I do remember him talking about smells when he was younger. Then again, he would usually wait until someone else spoke about a smell and then say something like "oh yeah, that stinks" which might be more mimicry than smelling. Does anosmia tend to be linked in family members?

My dad is dead set on trying to "fix" my brothers but I really don't think there are options out there, especially after the Taste and Smell clinic failure along with a few more local failures. Has anyone come across any research or medical centers that are reputable or has everyone just chosen to do without?
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
1:47 am
Hello, I just joined. I have hyposmia, or at least that's my self-diagnosis. I don't ever recall being to smell fully...and I only have one distinct scent memory which was in 2003, I was driving through dry foresty areas and all I could smell was pine (or that's what I think it was) - for an hour I had a blissful smile on my face.

I can detect odours only if they are very strong or if I have my nose shoved into something, and it's usually extremely faint. Or I smell nothing. The only thing I can tell about a scent is if I like it or not. Some perfumes have a pleasant odour, and some don't. I could never tell someone what scent it was. I've never known someone was cooking. I've had people make fun of me for not knowing the difference between cinnamon and mint, steak and cookies in the oven...and my mother used to get on my case if I smelled bad as a teenager, since I had no idea. But neither did she.
It's only been in the last while that the lack of it has really bothered me.

I went and saw the movie Perfume tonight - I had just read the book as well. Has anyone ever been able to imagine what something would smell like? My sense of taste (well, my ability to detect flavours) is completely fine - great, even, so maybe that's why I can imagine scent.

Has anyone had any treatment that has helped? I have never mentioned this to a doctor because, I guess, for most of my life I wasn't really aware of not being able to smell since I never really have been able to.

Anyway, hello.

Current Mood: discontent
Sunday, October 8th, 2006
2:46 pm
I'm new.
I wrote a myspace blog a few months ago about how I always have to drink milk to see if it's gone bad or not, which is why I diligently check exp dates before imbibing anything anymore. I just can't smell whether or not something has gone bad. This just absolutely fascinates people.
People who find out about my anosmia ften ask me why I buy scented candles. Honestly, I guess it's meant to keep up the fascade. Anyway I'm sure I'll think of more stories to share eventually. Hi everyone.
Sunday, January 15th, 2006
3:53 pm
Scary story!
Last week I drove to my friend's house, about twelve miles away. I was going to pick her up so we could go to a movie. She lives on a busy street in the city, and there's usually no place to park.

I was lucky: there was a parking space right in front of her building on the northbound side of the street. I was heading southbound. I waited for a break in the traffic, then I swung into a driveway just south of the parking space, intending to back out pointing northbound, and snag the space. (I've done this maneuver many times before at this spot.) I pulled into the driveway, and the car died.

There I was, with my car half in and half out of the northbound traffic lane. I tried to start the car. It responded sluggishly, as if the engine were flooded. Of course, I couldn't smell anything. The car finally started, and I backed out fully into the lane. It died again. I started it again, with more difficulty than before. It died and started twice more, but somehow I managed to get it into the parking space before it died for good.

Oh well, no movie. At least it was legally parked, and not blocking traffic. I went upstairs to my friend's house to break the sad news to her, and to call Triple A. Her boyfriend just happened to be home. (Yes, I am sorry to perpetuate this sad stereotype, but neither my friend nor myself know anything about cars, females that we are. Pathetic but true.) He came downstairs to have a look at my dead car.

"I think maybe I flooded the engine somehow" I said. "Yeah, it smells like gasoline" he said.

Then we noticed a big dark puddle underneath the car. The puddle ran all the way back under the car down the street and into the drain. Whatever it was, it was still leaking. Of course, I couldn't smell anything. My friend's boyfriend stuck the tip of his finger in the puddle and took a sniff. "Gasoline" he said.

Ohmygosh. There was a huge puddle of gasoline under my car, and more leaking out every minute! Quick, quick, nobody light a cigarette! The whole thing could blow up any second!

Well, it probably wasn't all that dangerous. My friend's boyfriend didn't freak out, and neither did the tow truck driver, or the guys at the service station. And the repair turned out to be really minor - a $48 plastic hose that took about ten minutes to replace.

But I still get queasy just thinking about all that gasoline, and how flammable it is, and how it just looked like water to me.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2005
9:36 am
stepped in a wet spot
I've never smelled anything in my life and for the most part it has been a nonissue for me. I've always had people around to help me out in situations where smell was helpful/needed and have had no problems to speak of. Recently I bought my daughter a kitten. It's my first pet really (unless you count the hamster) and I've found myself in a particular 'situation' lately. Now, when walking barefoot around the apartment, whenever I feel any dampness or wet spots I wonder... "did the kitten have an accident?". I live in Seattle, so before I always assumed that the floor was damp/wet from people coming in from the rain or that my daughter spilled something, etc. But now.. the first thing that crosses my mind is that question "Did i just step in pee?". It's a new concern, I'm not quite sure how to get around it. I mean, when my daughter is home I can just ask her.. but is there anything they have that you can use to test if something is pee or not? I've never heard of such of thing. Did you ever see the movie version of Richie Rich? Where Professor Keenbean invented that smell detector thingamajig? I could use one of those about now.
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
9:19 am
Oooo lookies, I'm new here
Lack of entries it seems here. But I feel I must join anyways.

So as my intro post here just to see who is around and check out who the cool cats are I shall stage a simple question:

What is the oddest thing people have asked you after you told them you couldn't smell?

--- My oddest was someone asked me why I even had a nose then

p.s. everyone who comments on this is a cool cat in my books
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
4:54 pm
Hi! I see that this place isn't very active but I wanted to join anyway because I have a friend who lost his sense of smell about five years ago due his olfactory nerve being severed. He suffered a major head trauma and part of his skull on his left side had to be removed to allow room for his brain to swell and so the doctors could remove some dead brain matter. I think it's pretty amazing that the only long-term damage he has is his lost sense of smell, other than that he functions like nothing ever happened.

He LOVES to eat and I've always believed him when he said that he could taste the food but my family and his mom are convinced that if you can't smell, you can't taste. I don't know why they think he'd lie about being able to taste food. There are some things that he can't taste as well, like flavored cigars and things like that. I decided to do some research today because I wanted to prove to my family that he can taste and has every right to be picky about his food! :)

Neither of us had any idea that there was a name for his condition, so I'm pretty excited to tell him about my findings on anosmia today.

Current Mood: excited
Friday, March 25th, 2005
4:35 pm
The taste of vegetables
I like to think that my tastebuds are more sensitive than those of the non-aroma-impaired (like the way blind people are supposed to have a more acute sense of hearing or touch). I've heard smelling people (a phrase I just coined - like it?) talk about vegetables as if they are tasteless, or bland. Me, I find many vegetables very flavorful, even without any seasoning at all. Last night I lightly steamed some collard greens to add to my dinner, and they were so scrumptious, I kept nibbling on them right out of the steamer. The flavor was so distinctly "collard". They didn't taste anything like kale (my other dark-leafy favorite) or spinach. A smelling person even told me that they thought avacado had no flavor, just texture!!! Avacado! Is there anything else in the world that tastes remotely like the strong, unique, utterly indescribable, wonderful flavor of a plain chunk of ripe avacado right out of the peel? No flavor? Oh my, what the smelling world is missing!
Tuesday, February 10th, 2004
2:07 pm
what's the first thing people ask you when you say you can't smell?
Thursday, January 29th, 2004
10:22 am
Man, nobody's posted here in ages. Did everybody head over to anosmia.net? I just signed up there; seems like a pretty hopping place. The anosmia group over at Yahoo, last I knew, was all sorts of busy, but I don't like the format of Yahoo groups for discussions, in general (unless you have your preferences set to receive each message separately, but that fills up the mailbox quickly).
Sunday, July 13th, 2003
4:46 am
Weird, I found this community while looking for people who like Marx Brothers. :) I'm a congenital anosmic too, and run a community site about it at http://www.anosmia.net. Everyone's invited to come look if you'd like.. not trying to steal members! There's just not a lot of us out there. :)

Nice to see you all!

Current Mood: content
Tuesday, May 13th, 2003
10:17 pm
A study!
Check it out: http://www-surgery.ucsd.edu/ent/Research/ct_anosmia.html

It's in San Diego, and pays some money, so if anyone's in the area, go for it :)
Wednesday, May 7th, 2003
5:16 pm
It was requested, so here's a recipe or two that I use. Okay, so I don't really follow recipes usually, as that would require too much concentration ("Did I add ____ yet?") and I like to experiment too much to get bogged down like that.
That said, just about all of the ingredients are optional. Also, I don't have fancy names for them, so you'll have to deal with that. And it might be slightly disjointed, so if it starts to sound good, make sure you read through the whole thing before you try it.

Recipe, pasta styleCollapse )

Now, this recipe is good for a few reasons. One, all those veggies are really good for you - not as good as if they were raw, but for the most part you're not getting rid of the goodness (that's what boiling's for!) by cooking them overlong. In fact, the carrots start to burn before they've lost their goodness. Putting the peppers in later might be something to try, though; would put a little extra crispness into the mix that I really like about peppers (and it's an indicator of it still retaining its vitamins and stuff). Two, it's colorful! Especially if you've used red along with the green peppers - all sorts of colors, unusual for a pasta dish. Three, there's all kinds of textures going on, in addition to the flavors mixing. Four, it's easy. So long as you can wield a kitchen knife without cutting yourself (don't try the way they do it on TV until you've tried it slowly first), it's a really simple recipe - one pot, one pan, everything gets mixed together. I love simple recipes.

There's a similar recipe that I make with riceCollapse )

So, there ya go; two(ish) recipes that're easy, tasty, cheap(!), and nicely textured. I'm making myself hungry, so I'll stop there. Could probably come up with other recipes, though admittedly they'd probably include meat as a more central ingredient; I haven't worked my way up to experimenting with tofu (yet), but I imagine it'd work similarly to rice in its flavor-absorbing ways.

Current Mood: hungry
Saturday, May 3rd, 2003
10:44 pm
Boy howdy
Never been diagnosed as anosmic by a doc-type-person, but I've been this way for as long as I can remember; to the point of thinking I'd eventually "learn" how to smell. That's a really odd concept, now that I think about it, but it seemed normal back then. Learning how to use a sense? Hmm...
Apparently I'm alone in my like for "slimy" foods. I love mac'n'cheese (though not the microwave stuff), Cream o' Wheat, and cooked fruits (mmmm, appleses). I don't like spicy food so much, though. Or coffee. Can't stand coffee.

I was always more interested in the textures of foods, over the taste, but more recently have begun experimenting with tastes in my cooking. I've noticed that certain foods, especially fruits and vegetables, have an exceptionally strong taste, in general (as opposed to the meat or cookies that smellers might claim as having strong taste, when it's actually a good deal of smell). If anyone's interested, I can post the sorts of things I cook to get flavor out of a cooked meal, instead of just relying on texture (which I still find myself falling into the habit of).

So hi, everybody; don't know how exciting and active this community's going to be, but that's okay :)

Current Mood: bouncy
4:50 pm
Intro (2nd try)
I seem to have been born without a sense of smell. That is to say, I don't ever remember being able to smell anything. Not flowers, not food, not garbage, not skunks. Nothing. I have not only never met anybody with this condition, nobody I know has ever met anybody with it either. Nevertheless I'm not alone, as I discovered for the first time while idly web surfing last night. God bless the Internet! It's called congenital anosmia, and there is a great website on it here . Unfortunately, the comments page there appears to no longer be functioning. That's too bad, bcause reading those comments was really a revelation to me. I had no idea there were so many people out there with my same weird nonfunctioning nose! So I decide to create this communty. What's your story? Care to share?
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