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True Ageusia: (Total Loss of Taste and Smell)
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18 thoughts on “True ageusia for supertasters!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JoaquinCuervo says:

    Speedy recovery, Fran! At least you have a Rickenbacker 360 with what appears to be a replacement tailpiece to enjoy while recovering 🙂 Peace be with you always!

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenny Hogg says:

    Most colds or flus that I got with a bad soar throat and runny nose ended up with a significant loss of taste and smell. It takes about three weeks after I got better to get them fully back. Oddly when I got COVID last year, it didn't do that to me. I didn't have a soar throat or runny nose. Just achy, chills and very slightly wended when going for a walk.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jean Stp says:

    My sister lost her taste and smell to COVID last year, she very slowly regained it, but it took several months. A year later, she says she got about 80% back.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sean Batiz says:

    I’ve long pondered to others’, “what sense could one most live without?” I.E., if you had to give up ONE sense, which would you pick that would be least detrimental in the long run? Was sort of a hypothetical quiz thought. Anyways, taste/smell was what I had considered, as then one ‘could’ consume all of them ‘healthy’ foods that ordinarily smell or taste DISGUSTING or bitter & loose all temptation of the way-too-many delicious ‘unhealthy’ types of foods/drinks we’re all bombarded with on a near constant rate. Then covid happened & well… especially after hearing Fran here break all of the factors down as she so clearly has, I no longer wanna select THAT sense to be without 😬! GET WELL SOON FRAN, you’re near daily dose of knowledge offerings is very well received by an ever-growing audience of students, eagerly awaiting our next course of brain food! Get plenty of vitamin D as you recover FULLY! Oh &, best of luck with your relocation/moving process as well

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jack Lumbar says:

    Really sorry to hear you are unwell and I'm hoping your recovery is a fast one. My sister lost her sense of taste with it but it came back over several weeks. I have always had a very keen sense of smell, creepily so at times. I once insisted my wife had an infection somewhere in her head or face 6 weeks before her doctor detected an infection in the optic nerve of her left eye and don't get me started on laundry.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arcana Octonus says:

    I knew a girl that couldn't smell. A bum moved into her shed and it smelled like the worst kind of outhouse. We couldn't get near it, total loss and she walked right in flabbergasting us before we demolished it. Then we lit up some joints 😜

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marcel Huguenin says:

    Holy #$@, this sounds terrible Fran. For what I've learned so far from medical people specialized in this, is that regaining smell and taste is something that can be retrained. Recreating the synaptic connections by training with a certain set of smells. By doing this on a daily bases the area in the brain responsible for this gets reactivated. My daughter and her boy friend have had covid and lost both smell and taste. That was a year ago. Both she and her boy friend have regained smell and taste. Don't know for the percentage of it but I think it's quite ok. I wish you all the best and hope you'll recover well with at least a decent sense of smell and taste.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Your Average Gurl says:

    When you believe you in a healthier state Fran, visit a health herbalist shop that has a “educated herbalist! B17, Calcium, zink and vitamin C under 500 units! As natural as can be had!
    I don’t know nor care if you choose or didn’t choose the jab!
    Gray hair is a indication of parasitical infection that is eating your bank account of minerals that your body need to function!
    Please, on the ethereal level forgive yourself and others that haunt you!
    Live life for joy and happiness to promote yourself in your endeavors!
    That’s all we have!
    Breathe Fran like you need to fill yourself with life! Holding your breath is toxic!
    Ok ok I’m off my soapbox. Lol
    Have a wonderful day!
    Get better!

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Loukas Hareangas says:

    First of all
    FFS CAN'T THE Fing UNIVERSE CUT YOU SOME SLACK?!?!? I feel really sorry that you're going through this! In the middle of a lab move no less…
    Second, you mentioned that your sense of heat is normal. Does this mean that hot foods still register as hot, the same as before? I 've heard that capsaicin at least tricks your heat receptors into thinkng they're on filre.
    Stay strong!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pappa Bear says:

    Been there, done that,… fully recovered! Can't claim to be (or have been) supertaster, but I noticed that now I sense some smells better than before. Regarding taste – didn't notice significant change afterwards.
    First month was weird, though.
    I drank a lot of water, marsmallow-root tea and ate almost nothing for a week.
    Just don't let fear get you! Human body is awesome, and since you have super-powers – you will get out of this victorious!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B M says:

    oh Fran feel better <3 Ive been lucky not to catch it in my line of work, but got the flu jag and booster covid jag and ended up ill with a bad cold for 3/4 weeks, still getting over it but a lot better

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kostas Albanidis says:

    Do you know Fran that the word ageusia is Greek ? Not just …from a Greek word but literally a Greek word written with the Latin alphabet! I will write them side by side and I hope you can see Greek letters in your browser: Ageusia – Αγευσία
    Wish you all the best! We need you !

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars fontik says:

    I went through it in summer and smell taste is really weird and quite useless to. I'm also think that if it really lab the deadly power of it are not with pneumonia but dysentery, and mass dysentery can be only in wartime. My smell restored only partially and I think it's forlife, I have now new feel of some smell maybe like CO2, I can't determine what is it but it reminds strong culinary spices, my body smell maybe changed or I can't recognize the previous smell anymore, my armpits also have this spices smell and that's why I suspect it's CO2. This spices smell I recognize in many public spaces, in public transport from heating only in certain places, like someone smoking when no one on street (hypersensitivity to city smog or CO2). I never had rotten smell. Washing detergent which smell I was tolerated and keep using, after recovery I can't stand the new feeling of its smell, I'm feeling strong smell of some chemicals never noticed before in that product. It's like giving new smell power but removing other – very weak smell of vinegar, almost no smell of some fruits, soups, very weird smell of oranges. Taste fully returned, maybe slightly weaker now.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sideburn Studios says:

    How the hell did YOU get Covid!?! You’re always hiding out in the lab. I (an engineer working with toxic fumes) haven’t had a sense of smell for a decade 🙁

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Deary says:

    I guess I would have been classified as an average taster until 20 years ago ( I am 72 now) when I had a serious sinus infection. For about 6 mos I lost all sense of taste and smell but I regained just a little…I would say now I can taste just 5 to 10% if that much. One tidbit that surprises me is that I can taste flavors of Antiva yogurt just fine but other yogurts I can't(?) Your explanation helps me understand what happened to me in a clearer way. Over time I have learned to adapt but I do miss the taste of good food…I have to lie a lot to people when they ask how I like their cooking.
    Hope you recover soon and maybe you will be lucky in getting some taste back.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BobC says:

    Holy HELL, Fran! A good friend of mine is in your exact state, from breakthrough COVID. Did you get a PCR test? Is it the Delta variant?

    Love your "nook", especially the background. I have a very similar setup with a keyboard and stringed instruments. Only my keyboard is a 56 key Casio, and my instruments are all ukuleles.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keri Szafir says:

    Oh, I didn't know you got infected – it's a pity… I hope you're gonna get well soon and won't have any complications. I knew about covid impairing a lot of brain function since spring last year, and frankly, it scares me more than going through the disease itself. Losing intelligence… I'd better off be dead, I think.
    I had a few of my friends and relatives go through covid, maybe I had the milder form of it myself in January 2020 (yes, before shit even hit the fan). One of these relatives unfortunately died… All these lockdowns, rapid changes etc. stuff take their toll on mental health too.

    Good point on being able to smell things… I'm not that concerned about fumes, but spotting a potential fire makes a change.

    I knew you were autistic – that shows, especially to other people on the spectrum, like me (diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in high school, but I had a long history of "something not being right with me" ever since I was in kindergarten). My friend Alana (yet another aspie trans girl doing electronics – just how many of us are there? :D) also said that when I visited her.

    Speaking of autism spectrum – any other sensory hypo- or hypersensitivities? I've got auditory processing issues and tend to go into meltdowns from overstimulation, and some smells, sounds and visual stimuli like stroboscopes are unbearable to me.

    Another thing is a high correlation between being on the autistic spectrum and being trans, gender non-conforming or queer in general. Got a few hypotheses on that.

    Oh yes, water DOES have taste – it depends both the source (well vs deep well vs river; deep wells have different mineral concentrations affecting taste), purification process, even the material and age of the utility pipes and internal plumbing… Here I can drink tap water just fine, it's tasty, although I probably liked the Dutch tap water a bit more. I've given up drinking bottled mineral water in 2013. Not worth the expense if tap water is as good.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Bingamon says:

    I have almost no sense of smell due to really bad sinuses and that has been since birth due to Septo-optic-dysplasia – which also caused blindness in one eye and affected growth due to the pituitary gland. I do however have the ability to taste things and there some foods that I enjoy that other people don't like because they say it smells bad but tastes good to me. Once in a great while the sense of smell will kick in like a lamp that that has a frayed power cord that works for a short time – and I actually prefer for it go away, it's too annoying and I don't know what the smells are since I have little frame of reference. However if something's burning it will cause irritation which I can still sense.

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