Since the birth of my daughter over 13 years ago, my olfactory skills have grown stronger with each passing year. In the last three years, it’s got so bad that certain body odors (not necessarily bad ones), hair smells, and the smell of breath—is overpowering. Two years before, I realized I couldn’t take the smell of my spouse—his hair, skin, breath. At first I chalked it up to being together over 15 years and just starting to hate him—but no, I love the man, that hasn’t changed. He’s used Irish Spring Soap as long as I’ve known him, and I bought him new soap (Dove for Men) and the body odor issue disappeared. You see where I’m going with this…
Today, my sense of smell is in overdrive.
I’ve never liked the smell of dandruff shampoo, period. I’ve always been able to tolerate it, but today I woke up and smelled it on my spouse. The I washed my daughter’s hair this morning (yes, I was Maggie’s hair daily, because I don’t get to see her for more than three hours a day between my job and her school—and washing her hair in the morning, is how I connect) and when I got in the car, I was sickened by the smell of hair cleaned with dandruff shampoo. I hate this smell, but I simply can’t replace my spouse and daughter’s dandruff shampoo. I know my nose is in overdrive; every customer that comes in, their breath is killing me.
I had to eat lunch out, because one of my co-workers ate salmon for lunch. I like salmon, but the smell today is just… too much.
I wonder if doctors know of anything that will help with an oversensitive nose.