A Day In Life: With A Blocked Nose

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Life is an exciting, never-ending exploration filled with curiosities in the most unexpected places. All it takes is the space for the inquisitive mind to wander and delve into the profound simplicity of our everyday realities. In the hustle of social media scrolling, a post about the humble nostril made me pause and reflect.

We take our noses for granted, appreciating them fully only when they turn rebellious, causing a complete blockade! Picture a restless night, fighting a losing battle with sleep as your nostrils decide to take turns being functional. Morning greets you with a blocked nose, a silent protest from your worn-out nostrils.

The Mint Enigma and Nasal Detox

Embracing a sense of peace, you start the day without artificial nasal clears. Gasping for air during the daily teeth brushing ritual, you realise the minty freshness doesn’t cut through your slightly blocked nostrils. Surprised? Here’s why: our trigeminal nerve picks up the mint’s cooling sensation, a function independent of our olfactory (smell) or gustatory (taste) systems.

A Symphony of Scents: Missing in Action

The day unfolds into a parade of absent smells. From the lingering aroma of your breakfast dosa and coffee to the overwhelming freshness of your car’s air freshener – all are muted. The bustling market fails to entice you with the sweet aroma of fruits or the distinctive scents of vegetables.

But wait, the blockade strikes back!

Here comes the garbage truck, and despite your blocked nose, the stanch smell molecules are delivered directly to your senses. Quite a feat, isn’t it? Amidst the faint memory of the city’s scents, the garbage smell forces its way through. An ironically humorous turn of events, don’t you think?

We can often detect foul or strong odours even with a blocked nose. This is because the smell doesn’t rely solely on the airflow in our nostrils. Odorants, the molecules that create a smell, can reach our olfactory receptors in two ways – directly through the nostrils or indirectly via the throat connected to the nose when we breathe through our mouths. Solid and potent smells like garbage or smoke have larger molecules that can reach these receptors even when the nasal passageway is blocked, allowing us to still detect them. So, when our nose is blocked, we may lose the ability to perceive more delicate smells but can often still sense the potent ones.

The Scentless Workplace

The office seems void of its usual sensory experiences as the day progresses. Everything becomes a faded memory, from the peculiar smell of the A/C vents to the tempting aroma of lunch. The lack of olfactory indulgence and the constant struggle of nasal breathing drains your energy.

The Journey Home

The day concludes with a stop to refuel your car. Even the intense odour of gasoline appears faint. By this time, the absence of routine smells turns into a throbbing headache.

This day with a blocked nose presents an unusual perspective on our everyday life. The journey serves as a reminder of the significant role our noses play in shaping our experiences, subtly yet profoundly.

So, the next time you find your nostrils clear and functioning, take a moment to appreciate the wonderful world of scents they connect you with every day!

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