Taste and Smell

Oh well, it’s ok. Everything is organized to go back to work since the laundry is done and everything ironed that needed it. The only thing I ignored was doing my vitamins up in the little days of the week thingie! But I just did Monday just now and will do the rest this evening. Everything was cleaned that I wanted to work on.

It was another good day yesterday. Two days of getting an extra hour or two of sleep does a body good. This getting up in the 4 a.m. hour wears me out now. I keep edging closer and closer to 5 now since the Pandemic as schools are out and so are some people, making my drive 25 to 30 minutes instead of the average of 45.

Yesterday we went to the store and I bought a few things that was on my list. George went Thurs night I believe to get what he needed for our weekend meals. But I just needed a few things for me and I told him I’d rather go because I can walk through and see my choices.

I’m not really sure why I have needed to have crunchy and salty things available. I snack on those things a lot. I’m trying to do healthier versions as opposed to buying fritos. I just needed those – first the chili ones and then the regular ones. Since then I’m trying to do healthier versions of corn chips – if that is such a thing. Sun Chips are not as bad and multi grain crackers which I use instead of bread. However, I manage to get some bread in a week. I wish you could buy bread with like 4 slices in it, lol. For the person that would like to eat one sandwich a week. lol. Frozen bread is just “not where it’s at!” But I need to eat some greens and I’m tired of frozen entrees as it’s hard to find anything under 600mg of salt. And I’m tired of the same ones that are. I could just about gag on those frozen square or rectangle chicken chunks they put in there. Ugh…Cardboard and no taste other than yukkie! And most of the frozen things have a lot of carbs.

Anyway after the store – George went to meet his long time buddies from Gibson at a sushi restaurant not far away for lunch. It was a guy pow wow. So it’s good for him to get out and see his old buddies and catch up. I was happy to remain home – watch my shows. I ate a sandwich, and sweet potato plantain crackers as a side, followed by sliced banana dipped in peanut butter and drizzled in honey. What can I say? I was hungry and am enjoying it when I have a craving for something like I did that sandwich and banana yesterday.

I think since the diverticulitis thing – or whatever that was – where I had a fever, abdominal pain, followed by a painful rash on my stomach in the same area – and so forth – I’ve just not had much of an appetite. Someone asked me recently if I’ve lost my sense of smell and can I taste things. I definitely have taste. But I’m trying to decide if it’s diminished. How can one tell? I cannot see a difference in the relativity of it. Some taste versus a lot of taste. They were (a nurse friend I know) wondering if I’d had the ‘Rona. As she said whenever people start describing odd symptoms – it usually is. I told her I could definitely taste. But I’m wondering if it is as strong so I’ve tried to pay attention. Everything is definitely more subdued which may be what is making me not have a hunger to eat certain foods anymore, but to go toward something salty and crunchy.

As for smell, I was stumped when she asked that question b/c I was trying to remember the last time I smelled anything and I couldn’t. It’s not anything I’ve noticed really other than someone at the office said “I can’t believe you can’t smell that odor”. I know in early January I could smell as the smoke exhaust fumes from the tow motor next door where they were doing construction was sending me over the edge. But since then even strong paint fumes, I couldn’t smell that others could from further away. I don’t think I can smell much of anything any more but I definitely can smell as since then I’ve tried to notice. And I can smell some but not as strong as I once could. Just things that make you go hmmmm.

So I think I have taste and smell but maybe not as strong as it was. I can eat b/c I like to eat and I can feel when I’m hungry. It’s hard to explain. I haven’t had the desires or callings you feel for certain foods really. It’s been more about what does my stomach want than what does Sonya want. It’s been potatoes and crackers and then expanded into other arenas just by memory of the fact that I should be eating those foods and making sure I can still eat them. Luckily with success I’ve been able to. I think taste has not been something that has driven me to want foods like it used to.

So yeah, that has been on my mind lately. And I’m trying to notice the taste/smell functions. Sometimes things change and you don’t notice if it is drastic. But the important thing is – is that yes I can taste and yes I can smell. I just don’t think it’s as strong and I think that may be why I’m not craving things if the tastes are not really there like they were. It may be why the salty crunch of food is important to me. And the texture. Like potatoes. And the salt.

So in trying to notice more….The bologna with ham, mayo, and cheese and bread which chips on board tasted good to me yesterday – oh drats I forgot to add the spinach leaves to it. lol Oh well. I couldn’t really taste the banana much though and the peanut butter taste was slight. Definitely could taste the sweet potato plantain. And coffee. I can taste coffee but it’s more about the warmth now. But I can taste bad coffee really well, ha!

So yeah, kindof a weird side spin here, but this has been on my mind to try and notice if my taste and smell senses are off at all. So far I think they are off a bit since January and February’s issues, but not gone.

So after eating I came back here to my office, drank a couple of cups of coffee and began working on the iMovie. I guess I’m about a 1/4 of the way through. I should have it finished over the weekend for sure. George went to the beer store nearby and bought me this….

I like Kolsh, so this was kinda funny.

I didn’t drink it yet. But maybe tonight. He also brought me a fun cocktail which I’ve enjoyed the citrus cocktails lately. I must have needed some vitamin C. And I could taste it! And it was really good. I could also taste the mint sprig. So see. I do have taste! It was very refreshing. Oh wow, it’s time for me to get ready and go. Geez! Louise! Time goes so fast when I’m blogging and vlogging!