What it’s like living with no sense of smell

If you said to me, “Smell this”, I’d just say “sorry, I can’t smell”, you can’t imagine just how frustrating it is having no sense of smell. When I think of all the lovely smells that I’ve missed out on like my baby’s newborn smell; or some freshly washed clothes. It certainly does get to me sometimes as I’d love to be able to smell. But then I don’t really miss something I’ve never had to begin with, from as little as I can remember I’ve never been able to smell, and it’s never really bothered me until people ask me to smell something really, and it would be nice if people did remember that fact as it would save any awkwardness.

I don’t really know why I was born without my sense of smell, or maybe it was down to all that second-hand smoke that I was forced to breathe in as a child since smoking indoors/public places weren’t seen as a bad thing back then and there were no laws. I never even knew how common it was until I started doing some research and I discovered that it does have a medical term, Anosmia or congenital anosmia which is what I have since I was born without a sense of smell.

Looking into my condition further I found out that Ben from Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream also has anosmia, pretty cool to think I’m not the only one in the world without their smell. Something I always get asked is, “Does it affect your taste?” in fact no, it doesn’t, I think my taste buds are actually enhanced to compensate for my lack of smelling ability.

You’re probably wondering how I can find food enjoyable if I can’t smell the food I’m eating, well it’s the sight of the steaming hot food and the colour and presentation of the plate that gets my saliva glands going, not the aroma of sizzling sausages.

Having anosmia certainly does have its benefits, for example; I can’t smell when someone farts, or what B.O smells like or anything that has a foul odour. But negative sides to having no sense of smell is the fact I don’t know when my baby has pooped in his nappy, since there’s no smell so unknowingly Logan may be sitting his dirty nappy for longer than I’d of liked him to be, that’s why I’m so grateful for Rob as he tends to change the poopy nappies. Another thing I hate about not being able to smell is, as touched on earlier is the fact I can’t smell my babies super soft skin or flowers or anything that sometimes people can take for granted.

A rather worrying thing for me, which is more a serious negative to having anosmia, and that’s the fear of there being a gas leak or carbon dioxide leak, how will I know? I even considered getting an assistance dog to help me with that but rob thought it was stupid, but to me, it would definitely put my mind at ease especially if rob wasn’t at home.

Anyway, that’s enough talk about my useless nose and its inability to smell anything, I hope this gave you some more insight into my life.

Diary of an imperfect mum


  1. I had a very good friend at school who couldn’t smell so understand a lot of what you say. It used to annoy me when people would test her by holding things up and saying smell this! Do you have a CO2 alarm? We have one for near the boiler maybe that would give you some peace. My parents had there’s fitted by the fire brigade. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  2. Interesting, not something you hear of often! I must admit my first though was wondering if you could taste and I am happy to hear to that it isn’t a problem! #ablogginggoodtime

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