Saturday, January 12, 2008

Is it me?

I swear that I smell cigarette smoke.

It feels like it's in my freakin' nostrils. You know that feeling of smelling it? Like it's in your lungs and nose hairs?

Well, I work in a smoke-free office. Please explain this to me.

Is it an aura? A precurser to a seizure disorder? Some psychotic break? This has been going on for DAYS.

And it's not just at work. If it were, I would say that I'm probably sitting over the local smoking hangout and somehow I have become more than oversensitive. But I feel/smell it at other times too. Even at home.

Let's see how many people can freak me out with some weird explanation for what is going on here.

14 comments:

Willowtree said...

Obviously there will be those that will suggest that it's a brain tumour (smelling things is a symptom). So I'll leave that for others, but what I will say (and I say this seriously and in all honesty), is that I experience it on occasion too (the last time was last week).

However my smell tends to be more like ashtray than smoke. And no, I don't smoke and I live alone. I have no idea what it means but I know that it freaks me out a little!

Mama DB said...

Oh, when I was in high school I noticed a smoke smell following me around. It was everywhere, at home, at school. I casually mentioned it to my mother and she looked relieved. She thought she was crazy, just smelling random smoke and that she may have a tumor. We found out later that my 13-year-old brother was smoking on the roof. It was wafting in and getting into my clothing and my mother could smell it down stairs just subtly enough to think she was nuts.

Jenni said...

Gee, I think I would go with the more obvious and benign options of:
a) Someone in your office smokes or lives with a smoker and is either coming from home smelling like smoke or someone is sneaking off for smoking breaks.
or
b) Someone brought something into the office that was previously around a smoker. Objects can hold that smoke smell for YEARS, especially if they are not cleaned up and are kept in an enclosed area. I recently helped my mom go through some Rubbermaid boxes that she hasn't opened since before she stopped smoking two years ago. The smell was awful and my mom was so embarrassed because she realized that's how *she* smelled all those years she smoked.

Eliminate those two options before freaking out about brain tumors. Also, does this office share a building with other offices that are not smoke free?

Simply Jenn said...

Could someone you live with or close to be closet smoking? That would be my first guess. Discreetly smell everyone's clothes (hahaha!), or they could possibly be hanging with a heavy smoker. If I go to a bar I smell smoke for three days.

Kaytabug said...

I wish I had some idea to offer you but I got nothin'. I am overjoyed to see WT in a comment section though!

Ok so I did think of one idea...smoke travels through the air vents...

Pamela said...

are you taking any new meds?
some medications cause hallucinatory smells (so I've heard... oops. excuse me!)

And WT is correct. But Brain Tumors, Parkinson and Alzheimers take taste and smell away, too.

I smell something occasionally in our house - and I think I've finally convinced the hubby he smells it too.

I think it's coming from beneath the house.

Pamela said...

uh.... swimmers nose???? maybe you have sinus inflammations??

Canadian flake said...

If you figure out what it is, be sure to let us know...

I am totally clueless here (as I normally am..lmao)

Kathryn said...

Were you smoking? ;)
Thanks for the info on waterproofing my shuffle. I will definitely look into it.
Keep us informed on your nasal passages!

Canadian flake said...

I thought I should drop an "apology" comment to you. I have been sitting here reading and catching up on all the posts I missed...I left ya comments...I couldn't help myself...sorry if I filled your comment box to the limit..lol..

Is it ok if I still come back? LOL

JaniceNW said...

I'm pretty sensitive to the smell of smoke but it only really bugs me when I'm on campus and all the students walk around campus smoking. BLECH! Let an old woman breath, will ya? I hope you don't have a brain tumor...wink.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

OOOH. I have to think of something pithy. I may get back to you...sometime...next year.

Laura McIntyre said...

No idea, i normally find someone hinding somewhere smoking

Sandy said...

I do not know what it is, Janet, but I am also afflicted occasionally. I quit smoking 15 years ago, so I really have to clue what it is but I do know thta I am hyper-sensitive to the smell.

 
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