Smell This

When I was younger, I started to notice that all the children my age were commenting on different smells. I was confused on why I did not share that experience with everyone. I came to a silent conclusion that you must "grow into" your sense of smell, so I shrugged it off and lived on. When I got a little older, I started to think this was not right. Everyone I knew could smell and it was bothering me. I proceeded to ask my parents what was going on. They decided to bring me to an ear, nose and throat doctor to see what was wrong. It was long ago so it is hard to remember everything that happened. They did many tests on me and shot different things down my nose. They asked if I smelled anything, but all the tests failed. They gave me an X-ray to see if I had a deformity. When they discovered everything looked normal, the response was "You were probably just born that way." Since I never experienced smell, this didn't bother me. I went on to live life without it. It was not until about a year ago that I decided to look it up, and I found "Congenital Anosmia." This information was exactly like my story and experiences. I was very happy to find that I am not alone and many people have lived with this. I like to make it a positive part of my life. It is unique and many people like to hear all about it. The only issues I have is knowing if my clothes are clean and how I smell. I ask my family when in doubt. My friends and family always forget that I cannot smell and they always shove new perfume, candles or food in my face to smell. I just laugh reminding them of my inability to smell. My sister even wrote me a note in smelly markers once, and it was hilarious. I just hope there is never a dangerous gas leak in my house and I hope i always smell nice and fresh. :)
PureGrace22 PureGrace22
18-21, F
Dec 6, 2012