Congenital Anosmics

So, since I was born, I've never been able to smell-well obviously, that's what I just basically put in the title. When I was little, I used to tell my mom that I could smell, just because I was little, and I didn't really want to be scrutinized. I thought I was weird because nothing really affected my nose; whether if it was the "delicious" smell of In-N-Out, or a "horrible" smell like one of my mom's boyfriends at the time farting; I just couldn't smell it at all.
A few years ago, I think maybe when I was around ten or so, I admitted to my mom that I couldn't smell. She was weirded out, of course, since I had always acted like I could before hand, so thought I was merely making a joke or something. She had tested me a few times, though she wouldn't tell me when, and apparently I really did act like I had no sense of smell. At one point she asked me why I had never told her, and I said it was because I was afraid she was going to take me to the doctors or something, and I would have to get surgery.
However, now, it's kind of a joke, and it's rather fun. All my friends know, so it's not like a big secret, and everyone always asks me, "Smell this?" And I just look at them like they're an idiot, and then we all start laughing because then they remember that I can't smell anything. Summer school before freshman year started, I was talking to a new friend of mine, and he wanted me to prove that I couldn't  smell. So, I put my face about a foot from his butt, and he farted. According to everyone else, it was disgusting, and a couple of people wanted to leave the room. I, however, merely laughed because of how loud it was.
People, including my mom, ask me if I want to be able to smell, and I can honestly say that I do not. It'd be like a blind man being able to see for the first time in his life-disorienting. Smells would be hitting me left and right, and honestly, I doubt I could handle something like that, so I really just say I don't ever want to have a sense of smell. I kinda' like it, actually; makes me a little different from the average person.
Also, people tend to ask me if I can taste, since your taste buds are also affected to sense of smell. Honestly, I can taste, but I don't think my taste buds are as good as other people's. I'm really not sure, but I think that's the case. I'm a very picky eater, so I don't like a lot of things, like: Ice cream, cheese, strawberries, cherries, whipped cream, cream cheese, oranges, etc. (there's a lot more, but those are the ones that shock people).
MystiMess MystiMess
18-21, F
2 Responses Dec 22, 2010

I also have congenital anosmia and i have had a CAT-scan, twice. with no result... I am soon 17 and i am spending a few hours each week, trying to find information about the condition. I live in Norway, and aparently anosmia is almost unheard of here... And just to say... I have done almost all the same things you have. I told my family when I was 10 years old. All my friend know and they keep forgetting it... But if there is one thing in the whole world i would want, it would be the capability to smell. I have even told my friends that if I ever can smell, they may fart me right in the face!

i have congenital anosmia. i'm 17, and its taken many years for doctors to do anything. i had a mri scan recently and im still waiting for the results.