Life Without A Sense of Smell, Reversed
Is it true what they say, that the week immediately following Thanksgiving is National Sinus Rinse Week? Probably not, and yet here I am with another post about the sometimes astonishing benefits of nasal irrigation.
This story from the Daily Mail concerns June Blythe, a 65-year-old woman whose love for life was significantly dimmed following a complete loss of her sense of smell, a condition known as anosmia. Despite living with this condition for many decades, due largely to an issue of nasal polyps that had persisted since childhood, Blythe held out hope that she might one day discover a more effective cure than the steroids and cursory surgeries which had thus far failed to solve her problem.
“Without a sense of smell or taste life really does lose its colour. Cooking was drained of all pleasure. Gardening became purely visual; all the glorious scents of roses, honeysuckle and lavender were lost on me,” she told the Mail.
As it happens, she eventually found a better answer. Blythe underwent nasal polyp surgery of a more involved variety, and the procedure finished up with a nasal rinse that appeared to do far more than she had experienced before. The result: a startling return of her olfactory senses – and with it, a lust for life she had nearly forgotten:
Her daughter Susie’s second baby is due in February. ‘I’m counting down the days — nothing smells as gorgeous as a baby,’ explains June….