Monday, June 17, 2013

When You Can't Smell Or Taste Anything

For the past week, I've been sick.  A sinus infection, ear infection, conjunctivitis, fever, and sore throat have me down for the count.   I'm taking antibiotics for the infections and eye drops for the red and gunky eye.  And while I'm feeling slightly better today, I think I'll be having lingering effects for a while.

Today is the first time in four days that I've been able to smell or taste anything.  There are some pros and cons to that!

   *  I've lost weight.  Food looses it's appeal when you can't taste it.
   *  The grocery bill was significantly less
   *  Annie dog is gassy and I couldn't tell for four whole days
   *  There weren't a lot of dishes to do

   *  I couldn't smell the good things like Michael's coffee or my cinnamon tea
   *  Chocolate was flavorless.
   *  I mostly ate Lipton noodle soup and crackers because I could taste the salt
In my search for something I could taste, I discovered that even though I couldn't taste the flavor of food, I could taste if it was salty, sweet, or bitter.  I didn't try anything that I knew would be sour, but I probably could have tasted that too.  And even though I prefer sweets on a normal day, I chose salty time after time when I needed to eat something.  A sure sign that I'm sick!

One more observation...I really need to get a life!  It's pretty sad that I even thought about taking a picture of my soup so I could blog about being sick, because that is the only thing going on!  I'll have to work on that when I'm feeling better.

I hope your week is off to a great start!

xo Annette xo


  1. Good lord not being able to taste chocolate should be a national emergency! I Hope you feel better!

  2. Sorry to laugh when you are sick but the line about taking a picture of your soup cracked me up! I, for one, am flattered that you thought about us out here in blog land while you were under the weather!
    BTW, when I have a cold the only food I EVER want to eat is Chili. I think it is the only thing I can taste.

  3. Sorry, hope you feel better! I almost always have a stuffy nose so I can hardly smell anything most of the time.

  4. Yuk! You poor thing - that sounds miserable. :( Hopefully the medicine works fast and you'll be all back to normal really soon.

  5. Hope you knock out that nasty infection and start feeling good again. I can not imagine a day without at least a nibble of chocolate. :(

  6. Even writing about being sick you have kept your sense of humour, good for you :)

    Hope you start to feel better soon :)

    And also get your taste buds back too :)

    I can't remember the last time I had chocolate but I don't miss it as much as I thought I would.

    Stay Strong and fell better soon, cheers, T. :)

  7. What a bummer - I can imagine how annoying it is to not smell or taste anything. :-( I hope you're feeling better, Annette!

  8. No fun at all! Hope you're feeling better real soon!

    My uncle couldn't taste for years and I always wondered why he didn't eat healthy foods. He said he remembered what things tasted like and if he didn't like it before, he still wouldn't eat :)

  9. Sorry to hear that you are sick. I hope you feel better really soon!
    Everyday Inspired


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