I said something recently about my sense of smell going bad on me. I wondered if it might be a couple different things, since cooking odors are especially nasty to me these days. I’ve pretty well ruled out being pregnant, plus, I really don’t think it’s the brand of butter my wife is using, either. In my mind, that pretty much leaves my C-PAP machine. Currently, any cooking odor smells to me like vegetable oil being burned in a smoky lamp. My head is filled with a greasy, nauseating odor that I then carry around in my sinuses night and day, nearly making me sick. Looking the problem up on the internet proved that the machines can, indeed, make you go “nose blind,” PLUS make you lose your sense of taste.
I didn’t use the machine last night, and I won’t use it again until my sense of smell returns to normal, IF it ever does. One place said that some folks got relief from the problem by putting essential oils on a pad by the air intake of the machine, but NOT in the water inside the machine. I may check with Dave at the local health food store to get his input.
The C-PAP machine is to control sleep apnea, which I’ve had untreated for probably 30 years or more. Failure to breathe five times an hour is considered the dividing line for using a C-PAP or not, though my nine times an hour isn’t considered too bad. Thirty times an hour is considered to be getting in the danger zone. Failure to breathe, for an extended time, can make your heart go crazy and can bring on a stroke or heart attack. Still, I had it all those years, and I’m on meds that pretty well control my heart rate and blood pressure.