Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Dad bought me some Afrin nasal spray yesterday. I used it last night, and within about an hour, my sinuses had unblocked themselves. It was nice to be able to breathe freely for a while, but there was a catch: I still couldn't smell or taste anything. I imagine this is because Afrin works by reducing any swelling of the sinus tissues, which isn't the same as eliminating the mucus that's covering (and muffling) the olfactory apparatus.

If I puff air quickly through my nostrils, I can sometimes catch a whiff, and therefore a taste, of whatever I'm eating or drinking. But I can't huff and puff for minutes on end, so most of my food and drink go untasted. On the bright side, I'm developing a greater appreciation of texture.


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