Tuesday, December 18, 2007

No sense of smell

My nose if broken....I mean to say that it doesn't preform a basic function for me....I can't smell. I've always been aware of this but recently it has come to my attention just how much of the world I am missing due to my broken nose. My washer is old like 20 + yrs old and Joe got it from his parents when he moved out on his own. So its been worked hard. They've got a ranch and all manner of farm animals and that was the machine that used to wash their grimey clothes. Well fast forward a few years to the present day when I am washing my family's clothes in it. Apparently there is a leak of some kind and it smells like mildew in this washer making our clothes smell that way (didn't know this...) on top of that all the years of washing farm animal stink out of clothes has compounded the smell to some odd mildew, poo, dead animal smell (didn't know this either...). So apparently this smell is getting worse. (didn't know this....my nose really is broken) and finally a brave soul (who I am very grateful for) decided to let me in on what the rest of the world has been smelling for a while. I now thinking about all the hours I've spent washing clothes for nothing. It does seem that washing them still gets out stains and stuff just doesn't leave them smelling fresh. I'm so embarassed. I want a new nose. My mom is the brave soul that very kindly brought my attention to it. And it is her theory that when I had my head surgery...the one that I had when I was a brand new baby for being born without a soft spot....(some of you may not know this story) anyway I have a scar from ear to ear so that they could fix my brow bone and give me a soft spot. The brow bone broke during birth because my head wasn't giving at all and if it hadn't we both would have bled to death. Anyway so what does this have to do with my washer and my nose??? Well to preform the surgery they cut me from ear to ear and then peeled the skin downward even with my nose. It seems that there may have been so wires crossed when they put everything back in its place. I have a short in my nasal system...sometimes I can smell things sometimes I can't and I can't always count on my nose to alert me when something smells bad. So....my nose is broken. I need a new washer.... and then I have to wash every single piece of clothing all over again to get rid of the smell....it might take a couple washings....I won't know unless I ask if the smell is gone. So my friends who love me please just tell me, I'm beggin you. It will be much less embarrassing coming from you than nobody ever telling me and I just have to stink in ignorance. I mean it please tell me. I love you all Merry Christmas!


dippyrooroo said...

Rachel, Rachel...
Okay I have noticed it from time to time. But it's not as bad as you are afraid it is! Sometimes it happens to my laundry too if I don't move it to the dryer fast enough. And sometimes if it does it a lot I run bleach through the washer and it doesn't happen as quickly. I was going to say something about it to you (remember when we were in the car in the Wal-Mart parking lot and Kelsie made that comment? I figured out a little later that's what she was smelling) but it went away, and I've only very recently noticed it again. And actually, I usually notice it on Savanna not on you.
So to sum up, I'm glad your mom brought it to your attention, but it's not so terrible as you fear it is (I would never say dead animal!) and it's only an occasional thing, not all the time. I will tell you in the future if I notice it again! I miss you and hope you are having fun!

Jean said...


Your post had me laughing SO HARD! I have never noticed your "smell". So either I am not a good enough friend to notice when you smell or my nose doesn't work either!