UPDATE: i could still fully taste fruit when i began preparing this blog entry last week, but during the past week am losing the taste for fruit also … i just get brief tantalizing tastes of a moment of two … then another moment. But all the in-between is lost. … and instead of the complex realm of a specific taste (like strawberry) i am getting the acid but some of the other tastes are gone, which totally changes the way a strawberry tastes. Tremendously discouraging … altho not too surprising. ***
i have always been VERY oriented to smell.
As a child, my nose was used for sniffing out ants and several other things in the household.
as i got older it was my privilege to create personalized fragrances for family members.
Then came dementia symptoms, and after years some changes in my ability to smell.
i noticed a few scents that no longer had ANY smell for me.
First was spoiled meat of the venison-type about 6 years ago (~57 years old)
then i lost the smell for 3 of the essential oils used in my personal fragrance about 4 years ago.
… then this, that, and any-other-thing (including body odor and ants, LOL).
Now (in 2021) there are few smells that i can actually discern. i realize those particular smells are also probably on short-term borrowed list, so those smells are highly valued.
… and the same is true with tastes.
About 3 years ago i noticed that i no longer appreciated that wonderful yeast-y taste — the smell and taste were just GONE.
Then about a year ago i lost the taste of CHOCOLATE.
Noted no smell or taste for chicken beginning the first week of March, and hamburger shortly afterward,
Now … MOST tastes are gone.
i cannot smell or taste the standard varieties of meat, or eggs, or cheese, or gluten-free bread, etc
— but i can still smell and taste raisins, mandarin oranges, and strawberries.
So the main thing i still have is TEXTURE, and sensations of Sweet and Salty, along with dwindling taste for fruits.
i still enjoy the rough specific-ness of thick-cut oats (even though i no longer taste the oats) — so i add a few more raisins.
i no longer TASTE the soup, but i still enjoy the wonderful combination of textures when my thick cauliflower soup is combined with hamburger crumbles., etc.
i cannot taste the chocolate or the coffee in my coffee-chocolate protein drink, but
we still add the coffee because i get a brief after-taste of the cold-brew (not bitter)
and we still add the chocolate because i like the creamy smoothness of TEXTURE.
This is a huge change of focus in eating, but it is also time to decide..
Continue as before … OR make changes.
On special times (like breakfasts with Dad, after spending the night with him on the train engine) i would eat rich french toast made with thick-cut slices of bread or fluffy waffles. Either were topped with hot fresh apple sauce and cold ice cream. i have denied myself foods like this for about 10 years – because i have celiac disease and also going for the Keto LifeStyle (which better fits with my high needs for protein). … But now i am quickly losing the receptors for tastes.
if i had known that i was this close to losing all taste sensations in the dementia process, i think i would have splurged more often in the past two or three years.
if i had it to do over again, after losing 2 or 3 tastes, i would probably get glutened (on purpose) and start ENJOYING those tastes while i still had the ability to enjoy them (even at the cost of substantial gluten discomfort). i realize the gluten TEMPORARILY intensifies cognitive symptoms for those with celiac disease … but this way i totally missed out on those tastes.
So i have decided to get glutened AND splurge with blood sugar (within certain boundaries).
it is time for evaluation of which tastes i am still able to enjoy – including those tastes from foods with gluten.
Then i can better decide how often i will balance Best Practices … with taste desires.
Wrote the above on May 16 and 17May
PS after being glutened:
17May2021: Cannot taste anything of pizza, except the pineapple; no taste of crust, tomato paste, cheese, italian seasonings spices, etc.
17May2021: Discovered i cannot SMELL corned beef (which strongly reduces the taste, and mostly cannot taste it, but in the very far corner of right side, i can taste corned beef very fleetingly.
18May2021 now losing taste for raisins; just taste very briefly after 3rd bite … then taste is gone again. So frustrating because i could taste them well a few days ago.
18May2021 can taste something in SloppyJoes, but for very few moments.
19May2021 can taste something in Grilled Cheese sandwiches (maybe the butter??) and creamy Campbell’s Tomato Soup (seasonings??).
20May2021 Absolutely no taste left in my Coffee/Chocolate protein drink — but i still like creamy texture and temperature.
21May2021 Strawberry taste has changed from 2 weeks ago; no longer able to taste the good part, and most of what is left is an acid-type taste.
21May2021 No taste of French Toast. No taste to whipped cream — texture but no taste. And no taste to sugar-free syrup.
21May2021 Able to taste the sauté onions in Corned Beef hash with Sweet Potatoes.
22May2021 Able to taste Mashed potatoes from Finger Gold Potatoes WITH peels.
22May2021 Able to taste the gravy with flour, smoke flavor, garlic, sage, and Campbells’ French Onion Soup.
23May2021 Able to taste smoked beef ribs made with hickory and rosemary.
03Jun2021 Able to taste Ranch Dip, but not much of Reuben Sandwich or french fries.
04Jun2021 Able to taste huckleberry jam and condensed Peanut Butter powder.
05Jun2021 Able to taste BBQ Salmon with Asparagus.
08Jun2021 i was able to taste BBQ steak.
13Jun2021 Able to taste various fruit IF similar fruits are gathered together; cannot taste ONE grape, but THREE grapes i can taste. 14Jun2021 Able to taste corn tortillas and corn on the cob. 15Jun2021 Distorted grape taste today.
Jul2021 Able to taste Ritz Crackers, Golden Grahams (dry cereal) and Corn Chips. Able to taste Yellow Cake Mix (turned into tropical fruit upside-down cake) for breakfast. Able to taste corn-on-the-cob..
Fragrance Craft and my Nose at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2016/10/28/fragrance-craft-and-my-nose/ ;
Sensor for Body Odor at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2018/03/26/sensor4-body-odor/ ;
from a doctor >> https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/managing-your-memory/202103/when-dementia-diminishes-smell-and-taste ;
Might check out “Food/Eating” category of my favorite Links for strategies, alphabetically by symptoms at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/about/d-info/links-sx-strategies/ .
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