Anyway here is the lowdown. Yesterday we had guests over for dinner and they got a wonderful rose bouquet(since my friend knows I love roses). And today morning I got up with a cold and I just couldn't smell the roses. I guess I just complained about not being able to smell the roses and she said "if she ever absolutely had to give up one sense then it would be smell". I guess my question is do you feel out of the 5 senses(i.e., touch, taste, hearing, vision and smell) smell is the least important? I just love the smell of flowers (of course the good part is I don't get to smell my husband's smelly socks)
I don't want to lose any of the 5 senses. But if I have to choose, it has to be the sense of smell. Well, I actually lost it countrywomen due to my chronic sinusitis. But when I started doing healing work on other people, a wonderful miracle happened. I got my sense of smell back. My nose still gets clogged every now and then but I can SMELL! And I thank God for that everyday.
You mean sense of touch(for typing) or using mind(or using the special sense like 6th sense)? I didn't get it, Lgali.
HA HA HA HA !!!!!!!!!!! thats awesome....no really, I have thought about this over and over....your sense of smell affects..(or effects? I think Affects) your taste..and its the sense most strongly tied to memories. I would most LEAST give up my sense of smell. So I would have to give up....hearing? not hear my kids laugh? ok..sight..not see my husband's beautifull face?..oh god....I guess, if forced too, I would loose the sense of touch. I love food too much.
Sense of smell... As I too think the other 4 are more important!!
Do you use your sense of smell a lot? I especially use it for cooking and enjoying flowers fragrances.
I'm actually weak at the particular sense already!
Well you don't know what you are missing then (both the good and bad)
Can't taste things without sense of smell.
Well, if you lost your sense of smell, you'ld lose your sense of taste also, as the two are bound together
I didn't know that. Well, do you have any reference on web about this info?
google this: sense of smell tied to taste
sorry,I dont know how to post a link.. I promise you its true.
Try this one. If it doesn't answer your questions, google: "the relationship between taste and smell" http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1575
Totally! I lose all interest in food when I have a cold and cannot smell anything. Even things that would otherwise make me salivate hold no appeal.
Besides smell can be incredibly evocative. There is one aftershave smell that takes be back to age 8 instantly, my first crush.
Reena- I still remember my dad's old spice after shave. Not necessarily a crush but it still evokes those memories. I am still a little under the weather. It has been raining the whole day here in Seattle. Have a good weekend.
Hope you feel better soon, countrywomen. The smell of this particular Eu de cologne (it used to be called 'colon' water at home ) still makes me feel as though I or someone else is ill.
And this thread inspired me to do this post: http://hubpages.com/hub/Smell-Matters in case you're interested.
oh wait..I want to change my answer..I give up my 6th sense. I really DO NOT want to see dead people.
Really? You guys....I cant belive people think smell is so indespensable....Im so sad for you.
Well sense of smell can have downside. I guess smelly socks and discrete bodily gaseous emissions can be avoided.
I suppose you are right. once, my 2 year old daughter got into the car and said...eww. it smells like eyelashes in here.
but I will take the bad with the good.
fresh cut grass, the wild roses at the ocean, coffee brewing and bacon cooking in the am, clean sleeping babies, lilacs, my husband AFTER a shower. I like smelling.
Now that is really a different answer. Would you please elaborate further? You got me curious now.
First, I wouldn't mind sleeping through an alarm clock since I would have an excuse. Plus I have a houseful of kids and it gets awfully noisy. Technologically, I could compensate somewhat with digital communications and closed captioning. Finally, learning American Sign Language would keep me mentally active.
would definetly be smell, as said it seems the least important!
Now wait a minute, eyesight is pretty much worthless had glasses when I was young but now sometimes I think I need glasses on top of my glasses. Hearing is going fast, sometimes it is a blessing, but I really don't like loosing it. Touch can't loose that it might replace sight some day. Smell has always been so keen but it is not that useful, you get to smell things you really don't want to. Taste God gave it to us because of chocolate, CAN'T LOSE THAT. There I found the one I would mind loosing. Ask anyone who is missing just one sense and they will tell you it was pretty important. Keep them as long as you can.
wait...i mean...i like to be able to smell things...i dont smell!!!!
Couldn't lose sense of smell - lilacs, fresh brewed coffee, my newly blooming peonies...
And that would mean less tasting - no more salty-sweet beach-browned baby kisses, no more luscious berries, no more chocolate...Couldn't have that
Couldn't lose bird song, babies coos and gurgles, children's laughter, or glorious music...
Not to glory in the sun-kissed mountains at daybreak, the storm-tossed lake, the sunset over the Pacific, an sun-dappled afternoon under my apple tree...? No can do.
Never to feel a lover's caress, to snuggle a softly sleeping infant (need all 5 for that one alone), sorry guys...
I'm all for losing my sixth sense, too, lol. Rather see live people.
Maybe smell and taste are connected but I had a medical problem a few months ago with my sense of taste and can tell you that my sense of smell was not affected (which made it worse!)
Just imagine smelling food and feeling hungry but whatever you put in your mouth is tasteless, you can't feel a difference if you are eating an apple or a potato or a piece of chocholate. I lost weight very fast and even had to force myself to drink water (believe me - water has a lot of taste but you don't appreciate it until you loose it).
It lasted only about two weeks and came back slowly but I learned alot from that experience, I don't even want to imagine my life if I lost any of my senses permanently.
i have a long time girlfriend so it would deffinatly be hearing,yes,deffinatly hearing,in fact,i have an ice pick up to my ear as we speak.if i could choose for her,it would be(you guessed it)speach.i know speach is not one of the senses but i'm getting desperate!
I think I could do without sight. It'd suck, 'cause I like reading and playing video games..but there's always audiobooks. ;D
Great question, countrywomen!!! I have a cousin who lost her sense of smell, and she can't taste anything. I don't think I would enjoy that at all. I do love to eat...chocolate!
I'm legally blind without my contacts, so I wear them 24/7. My mom cannot sense heat in her hands very well, and has burned herself cooking more than once. So now that you know we belong in a circus, I'll tell you something positive. I am involved with the deaf community and have studied and experienced deaf culture, and would be very comfortable communicating solely by signing. I would miss the sound of my children laughing, and the hubby would have to revert to writing everything he had to say, but if I had to choose, that would be my pick.
LM, I'm sorry to hear of such.
Is there any Lasik that can be done?
Oh, it's not as bad as it sounds. It actually doesn't take much to be legally blind without correction. I can see without my contacts, but mostly just great big blurs of colors and shapes. Oddly enough, my opthamologist is stumpped because occasionally, I will have perfectly clear vision in one eye without anything. It goes away after a few hours. I told you I was weird.
Btw as lxxy says Lasik is a one time procedure and if insurance covers it then it is great. I have a work colleague who highly recommends it.
And I am not sure what it takes to be "legally blind" and does it allow us to get the handicapped tag. Today when we went to Costco we just couldn't get parking and only the handicapped spots were available. I know I shouldn't be complaining but hey we spent 15 minutes just circling the parking lot.
Hey, I think I could do without smell, only because my two year old sure knows how to bring tears to my eyes, playing with his poop and all... eew right? Well, I'll just be glad when he's completely potty trained! LOL
as friend of mine has no sense of smell at all, and never has had, she just does not know what she is missing, but then again it can be good...... we take them all for granted I would hate to lose any
Aren't smell and taste linked? So if you lost one you would probably lose the other! But if I could just lose smell without losing taste then I would probably go for that!
taste as then i could eat what i like and not worry about it. lol
sense of mindfulness
sense of family responsibilities
sense of career growth
sense of acquiring more knowledge
sense of being a human
I would say taste because as long as I eat I know I'm full. I was going with smell until I realized that I need to smell smoke and gas to know if I'm in harms way.
I would give up my sixth sense before any of the others, but if I had to choose a normal one than it would have to be taste. My sight, hearing, and touch are too important.
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