Saturday, 28 August 2010

Noses and Poses

I've had a couple of comments on my last post that I really ought to answer here.
My loss of sense of smell for a start. I had a normal sense of smell right up until the last 90s, then one winter I got a cold and it just didn't go away. Doctors were bemused by it, tried various remedies that didn't work. I always sounded as if I had a blocked up nose, was constantly blowing my nose and I couldn't smell a thing. After a few years it started to get on my nerves and asked to be referred to an ENT specialist. He discovered I had a deviated septum on one side and polyps in the sinuses of the other. I had an operation to shave off part of the bone and remove the polyps. At the time people told me how they knew someone who had this op and it didn't last long, within 5 years the polyps were back. About three weeks after the op I walked into my son's bedroom where he was eating Monster Munch and I could vaguely smell the pickled onion smell! Woohoo!!! Within a month, my smell was back, better than ever. But that was in 2001. For the last couple of years, the polyps have obviously returned as my sense of smell deteriorated and finally went again. I don't have the other symptoms of blocked sinus and problems with my nose, just can't smell. To be honest, I could go and have the op again, but it doesn't bother me that much now and I will live with it (or without it!) until I have other symptoms. Fortunately, it doesn't affect my sense of taste, at the moment that is still fine.
The debut dance at the Royal Albert Hall was probably less impressive than it sounds! I was part of the country dancing group at primary school and we entered for a national schools dance competition. We must have looked a sight. All different shapes and sizes, with the girls in white lace blouses with circular orange skirts with black rick-rack along the hems, boys in school shirts and shorts and black plimsolls. At this point my hair was still the ginger side of auburn so orange wasn't really my colour! We were also at the age where holding hands with a boy was not appealing, and to skip around a stage holding hands in public was cringe worthy. I went to a school reunion about 10 years ago and met my ex-dancing partner who I hadn't seen for about 30 years and one of the first things we talked about was 'remember when we danced at the Royal Albert Hall?'.
My daughter who featured in posts this week has had a major image change! She has, on a whim, had her hair cut short. Last time it was this short she was about 4. Be prepared, ladies, for a new layout very soon, she posed for a photo for me yesterday and this really needs to be recorded for posterity.

9 comments:

humel said...

Poor you with your nose - but I'm glad it's not bothersome symptom-wise at the moment, long may that continue xx

Love your dancing story! Mine is just as anti-climactic lol....

humel said...

Also meant to say, can't wait to see your girl's new 'do! :-)

Karen said...

Ohh new hair cut to scrap - can't wait. It would break my heart if Gracia got her hair cut short but she is being quite sneaky about it as a few years ago it was down to her bottom and now it is much shorter - it gets a bit shorte each time she has it cut!

Scrappi Sandi said...

Ooooh! Can't wait to see that LO featuring the haircut!!!! I bet she still looks just as stunning!!!

Love the dance story & visions of you wih red hair in orange!!!!

I wondered if your loss of smell affected your taste....but don't you miss perfume? I must admit, there are some mornings, entering my boys bedrooms/bathroom when I wish I had no sense of smell either!!! Boys!!!

Deb said...

Oooooh...can't wait to see the new hair style on your girl. And I'm happy to know that your lack of smell-ability hasn't affected your ability to taste things! That must have been an awful surgery to go through!

Denise said...

Oooooh can't wait won't wait to see the haircut !x

Sian said...

That's a great dancing story!

I've been told I have a deviated septum too, my sense of smell is ok but I do get sinus headaches. Maybe it's time to start thinking about that operation. Mmm..

Yes, lets see her new hairdo then.

Maria Ontiveros said...

What an interesting story! I love hearing new things about my blog friends.
Rinda

Rachel B said...

I had that op too Deb and it didn't work for me either! I sneeze continuously every morning for ages! It's very annoying! X