So after swerving Coronavirus for 16 or so months, I catch the virus from my son who we assume caught it from school. We’re fortunate and grateful to have had relatively mild symptoms, knowing that it could have been so much worse.
I’m Dave, the blind guy who writes some of these random blog posts and I thought I would share my experience of Coronavirus as I’ve not read about this anywhere else previously (although I’m sure someone has written about it at some point over the past 16 months). I’ll keep it brief and to the point! 😊
Last week/weekend I had the fever like symptoms, hot then cold and then hot again. This lasted a couple of days and my energy levels dropped for a few days but nothing too serious. However, I did get, and continue to have, anosmia, the loss of smell and taste.
“So what” you say… well, think about this from a blind person’s perspective…
I use my hearing, touch, smell and taste more due to not having sight. So I can still talk and chat with people and I can listen to the TV/radio and do all those kinds of things and that’s all great, in fact no different. However, when it comes to my favourite past time, eating and drinking, then boy has it made a difference!!
Obviously I can still eat and drink, but it doesn’t mean anything anymore. I can’t see what I’m eating, I can’t smell what I’m eating and I can’t taste what I’m eating; everything has become so boring. I have been appreciating the different textures of food that I might have previously taken for granted, but I am so missing the taste of food.
I do most of the cooking in our house but at the moment I’ve no idea what things are tasting like as I can’t try them as I cook. However, the bigger problem is not being able to smell the food whilst I’m cooking. I didn’t realise quite how much I relied on my smell to identify food and also whether anything has gone a bit whiffy and shouldn’t be used (not that food hangs around long enough in this house to really worry about this). On a serious note though, this has made a big difference to me; how would I know whether the milk was on the turn, whether my slice of ham had passed its best or whether my egg had gone off when I cracked it in to my sponge mix (has anyone ever smelled one of those – boy do they hum!)?
It stretches beyond the kitchen; I can’t smell myself or my clothes… do I smell (any more than usual 😊) or do my clothes smell? I now have to rely on other people telling me this which is really frustrating.
The upside is that I can’t smell my kids bedrooms or if someone has just vacated the bathroom; those smells I don’t mind missing out on! 😊
I had never thought about Anosmia before but I’m putting it down as one of my personal Coronavirus hates! I still have Anosmia and understand that it can linger around for a while after all the other symptoms of Coronavirus have gone but I’m hoping mine goes soon! ☹
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Our VIDA Insights...
Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.