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I Lost My Sense of Smell

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    Doing Clothes Is Another Issue

    If something, anything, bad happened during this process and my clothes come out smelling nasty, how would I even know? Sometimes I tell myself that I'm going to find the first trustworthy person I can find at work and ask them if I stink, but I always forget to... The problem...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 2 Responses Mar 25, 2011

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    As Far As I Know, I Never Had Mine...

    Just one more thing that spiraled me off on a course of being different and not fitting in from the very earliest of ages... ... but I guess if you are going to be missing a sense, this is the one to not have... most people just complain about smells anyway... Unlike with...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 2 Responses Mar 24, 2011

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    Can Barely Smell Anything

    well over a year ago i almost completely lost my sense of smell. i can still taste food quite well, but I can only smell things if they are REALLY strong. like if i drive past a dead skunk on the road, or if something really strong is pretty much right under my nose. the other...
    valek valek 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 17, 2009

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    I Can't Smell Sh!t.

    I don't know if I lost my sense of smell, or if I never had one to begin with. Either way, I can't smell a thing. In school, when someone farted in assembly I'd have to pretend I could smell it or people would think it was me. Nowadays when I tell people I can't smell...
    velosapien velosapien 31-35, M 6 Responses Feb 11, 2008

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    Smells Like...nothing

    I lost my sense of smell due to a head injury in Dec 2005.  I could not smell anything for a year and still only smell occasionally.  Very strong odors such as bathrooms are perceptible but not strong at all.  Barely noticeable. 
    ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton 36-40, M 17 Responses Jun 11, 2007

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    Growing Older

    I am now 40 years old. Some time ago, my sense of smell started to fade. I spoke to my doctor about it and he said it was part of growing, such as needing glasses, your hearing starting to decrease etc. I am now at the stage where I can no longer tell you individual smells, but...
    yfronts36 yfronts36 41-45, M Feb 27, 2012

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    Phantom Smells

    Or olfactory hallucinations, whatever you call them, they suck!  I started to read this new book at the library about a woman who started to lose her sense of smell the same way I think I'm losing mine-- caused by an OTC nasal spray product starting with a Z.  This...
    mrmoo1231 mrmoo1231 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 8, 2010

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    it smells so good tho,even this morning I smelled my coffee I always smeels I'm weird but it smells good :)
    Cheya Cheya 18-21, F 4 hrs ago

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    Back in March when I first met my current girlfriend, I told her that my sleep schedule was totally ******.We got to talking that night and she eventually got up and filled a...
    HozierAndMumford HozierAndMumford 18-21, M 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    padraig17325 padraig17325 56-60, M 6 hrs ago

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    any suggestion to smell nice?
    whengster24 whengster24 26-30, F 3 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    I understand its a free country and if someone wants to smoke that's there choice although people should be considerate of others around them who have to smell that cigarette smoke...
    foreveralone22 foreveralone22 22-25, F 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    When your house smells of hot coffee and hot toast on a cold morning ....it's so nice!
    Whiskymist Whiskymist 26-30, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    It's disgusting. Whenever I'm around or walk past smokers, I always have to get away because I can't stand the smell of the smoke. It smells so nasty.
    laubrown1 laubrown1 18-21, F 10 hrs ago

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    stupid because i just am. useless because i can't do anything. lost because i still don't know who i really am. lonely because i...don't have the "love one" for all my entire life...
    dasosleefi dasosleefi 18-21, F 11 hrs ago

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    It makes me sick to my stomach.I gag when i smell it.I am a non-smoker.
    punkglampire punkglampire 22-25, F 4 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    I tend to stay up late at night so I start thinking non sense. When I was spending the night with my best friend i started thinking about pregnant woman and when kids ask if they...
    rileyxwoods rileyxwoods 13-15, F 17 hrs ago

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    I love the smell of coffee anytime of day. Just had craving I'm about to satisfy. But first I need to figure out how to delete the I hate living with my parents experience that I...
    snikers snikers 31-35, M 1 day ago

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    My sense of humor ranges from - corny & weird, to sarcastic & bitter, to dark & morbid, to witty & highbrow, and to Quirky. There's so many kinds of sense of humors out there...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 11 Responses 4 days ago

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    SummerShowers!!!It rained today and it smelled and looked lovely!I really enjoyed our little shower today and the world still smells clean and fresh right now too!!!
    LadyGypsy LadyGypsy 36-40, F 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    It will be 10 years in September. 10 years since I lost her. She was my best friend. I can't believe its already been almost 10 years. I was only 12 when that drunk driver took...
    KylieeBear KylieeBear 22-25, F 11 Responses 6 days ago

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    I am incontinent and wear nappies all the time. I am sure I must smell of urine most of the time. No one has ever said that as an adult I smell but as a kid I was always known as...
    Stillwetshisbed Stillwetshisbed 46-50, M 5 Responses a week ago

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    Religion is what you make out of it, it has everything in it. Extremely bad and good things and it is you to decide which to choose, based on your personality and how kind your...
    MissGaga MissGaga 22-25, F Jun 28

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    Few have ever 'got' me and those that have - I can't have or they can't have me. I give more than I ever take. But the sense of being lost n the world is crushing.
    Zap4you Zap4you 46-50, M Jun 28

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    I have a great sense of humor. but I'm not loud and obnoxious the way you expect a "funny person" to be so a lot of the time it's lost on people. I've been called "rude" a lot also...
    ZenaMarie ZenaMarie 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    My smelling sense is incredibly strong as well. Probably why I'm a foodie and love to cook. If I had to give up one of my senses, it certainly would not be that one!😐😏
    Nightwets Nightwets 66-70, M Jun 27

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    Thank god I'm an guy with a great sense of direction
    Goralski Goralski 46-50, M 1 Response Jun 25

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    I have just lost my pet rabbit yesterday evening, and the grief is unbearable. I've had her for 3 years, she was adopted from the local humane society. I loved Bella so very much...
    Mon35 Mon35 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    Me, my husband and our 2 kids were sat in the living room, our dog was laid on the floor. Suddenly I got a whiff of a smell coming from outside, it smelled like a BBQ, meanwhile...
    lynda278 lynda278 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 23

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    The smell of pool toys. Anything from that blow up plastic is heaven!!!!!!!
    Whatsmystory Whatsmystory 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 19

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    Some smells always bring back certain memories. like every time I smell gardenia. I remember bringing my great uncle gardenia flowers the morning before he died. I was at my...
    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F Jun 19

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    I would love to be forced to Smell a boys feet. I just love The smell of it. especially when they r sweaty. I also love to lick their feet. I Love how salty it tastes. I love to...
    Chris4323 Chris4323 13-15, M 6 Responses Jun 19

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    It matters! One thing I really hate is being close to someone who has bad hygiene - it's just nasty so I make sure I'm not that person! I love light floral scents and vanilla too...
    CaffeineJunky CaffeineJunky 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 19

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    i like certain smells that trigger nostalgia. lol i can't really remember the exact memory, but i sense it's familiar. you know?
    asdfghjkl26 asdfghjkl26 18-21, F Jun 19

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    I always seem to pick up smells now days that remind me of the past in elementary school which was like 15ish years ago.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 22-25, M Jun 19

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    Clean laundry and Vanilla bring my grandma back to life, at least in my memories. Whenever I am doing my laundry I take a moment to smell and hug the fluffiest item, just to feel...
    ThatGirlIsPoison23 ThatGirlIsPoison23 26-30, F Jun 19

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    When I was a child, I was fortunate enough to go to the best school in the world (well, to me anyway). There was a library with a fireplace in it and the entire outside and inside...
    ifeelachangeinthewind ifeelachangeinthewind 22-25, F Jun 18

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    A new pack of Crayola Crayons! Smells like Christmas to me. Santa always left a fresh pack of the colorful pointy hues. To this day I purchase fresh packs, sniff and reminisce...
    southerncaviar southerncaviar 51-55, F Jun 18

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    Crisp Autumn air. I can 'smell' Hallowe'en!
    EmaHope EmaHope 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 18

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    the smell of a pipe being smoked reminds me of my oldest memories
    MrLazyCloud MrLazyCloud 18-21, M Jun 18

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    Cigarette smoke, old books, certain coats and garden mint. Weird I know, but these smells remind me very strongly of my grandparents who I adored.
    Nenmir Nenmir 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 18

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