I had my first ‘smell flare’ this week. Smells have been taking over my world for the last couple of years. So much that my family makes fun of me and my spidey nose! But this was off the charts horrible. I’ve never had a flare caused by something around me (other than the weather) so it was quite new and a little freaky to me.
I could tell the man was wearing too much cologne the minute he walked into our little office. I was in the back and didn’t know how strong it was, until he was taken into one of the guys’ offices near my desk.
The eyes started to water, the nose started to get itchy and my whole body started to feel tired and down right lethargic all of a sudden. I thought my allergies were acting up so I took my allergy medication. 1 1/2 hours later I was in major pain and my whole body felt ‘thick’. I went outside and sat in the sun hoping to alleviate some of the problem. The only thing I could figure was it had to be that cologne. It was overwhelmingly strong. Even to the other gyrl in the office, who does not have a ‘spidey nose’!
I had to sit outside and wait for him to leave until I could come back in the office and even then, the scent lingered so badly that my head stayed full of fog and pain. Luckily it was towards the end of the day and I was headed home shortly. The fog hung on until the next morning.
Who knew that just a strong scent could make your body react in such a very bad way?!
It’s always something new in fibroland, isn’t it?!