Monday, 8 October 2007

Smell the poo...


Smell can affect different people in different ways. Many autistic people are hypersensitive with all their senses.

People hypersensitive to smell cannot tolerate how people or objects smell, though non-autistics maybe unaware of any smell at all. They may run from smells, move away from people and insist on wearing the same clothes all the time. For some, the smell or taste of any food is too strong, and they reject it no matter how hungry they are. C is very much like this, sometimes it takes me days to find something that he will eat.

I love the usual nice smells, ie grass after its rained, coffee, fresh bread, and the smell of ‘no’ poo when I go in Cs room! (he smears) Smells I don’t like are bleach, petrol and mushrooms!

What smells have an affect on you?

'I have always known that the world was fragmented. My mother was a smell, my father a tone, and my older brother was something which moved about. Nothing was whole except the colours and sparkles in the air.” Donna Williams

To J, a friends disabled son who has been staying with me for the past few days. He loves it here as i give him 1 to 1, and i enjoy having him, a delight and a friend x

55 comments:

Lady in red said...

I am so glad that for the last few years #2 son nolonger smells of stale poo...... he has an underactive thyroid and for years couldn't tell when he needed to poo. then it would hurt so he would stop himself from going to the toilet which resulted in leakage.......not a nice thing to live with.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Poo! I remember that one and I'm not talking about Amy, my father in law used to live with us before he passed and he had dimentia. He also had a problem with his bowels. I cleaned up after him for 2 years!

Smells otherwise, I think the nicest and most comforting smell would have to be my mum's washing. She keeps changing the brand but for some reason it always smells wonderful.

And another is the smell of farms. That dungy aroma which hits the nostrils at full pelt as you walk down to the farm yard. Ooooh, lovely.

Crystal xx

Elissa said...

I love the smells of spring, and of freshly baked cakes.
My son can't stand the smell of poo, he used to have 'meltdowns' whenever his baby sister had a dirty nappy.

captain corky said...

I love the smell of a fresh cup of coffee. Yum. I have two cats that sometimes make very unpleasant smells.

captain corky said...

PS I added your blog to my roll call. I really enjoy it. ;)

Modified Mummy said...

My favourite smells are freshly cut grass, lilly of the valley 'shake 'n vac', and johnsons talcum powder. The powder and shake n vac were also all I craved when I was pregnant last!

I can't stand the smell of Pee. Especially stale Pee. My younger brother used to wet the bed, and his room would always smell of it. We've just finished toilet training our callum, and I can't wait for him to stop having accidents completly. He rarely does, but when it's been a month of a dry bed, then I'll consider him 'trained'.

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

When I was pregnant, I was sensitive to every smell! My husband once brought home a pizza with anchovies (those nasty, hairy little fish) and I about threw up.

Probably right now, (since I'm not pregnant), there's about two smells I can't stand, one: the smell of eggs boiling and two: the smell of a garbage truck... I guess they're about the same kind of smell, right? LOL! (Sorry all you egg lovers, my teenager loves them!)

I know it's not remotely the same, but my son, with the language/auditory disorder, is hyper sensitive to sounds and will freak out. I have to remove him from overstimuating places, like my teenager's band concerts, he and I usually walk the halls while I every so often try to peek and listen...

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Oh, I forgot my favorite smells...
Um, let's see, chocolate (I used to live near the Hershey chocolate factory when I was a kid), baking cookies (I used to live near the Nabisco factory as a teen), and after changing diapers for many years, I would have to say too, No Poo, except we have a dog with epilepsy and she has poo accidents often, so I can't stand the smell when I'm cleaning it up either...

Suzy said...

My mother worked in an all night hamburger joint, and she always smelled like fried onions, grease and the Coty's perfume Emeraude she doused on herself in the morning.

I can still smell it.

Scorpy said...

My daughter's eating habits was probably the biggest thing my ex and I fought about and J's bed wetting. I just got up and changed her sheets...it didn't bother me. Her food is still an issue but I find as long as offer her variety and everything in moderation she eats well. She is not a junk food addict and over the past few years even understands WHY she needs certain foods. I stick with what she likes and it usually works out for her sister and I. She is more sensitive to noise than smells....but she struggles with her toilet habits (No2s) she doesn't like going and only goes as a last resort...seemingly just before she becomes constipated.

Scorpy said...

PS: I love the smell of cut grass and after the rains

Patti said...

I love the smell of apple pie baking in the oven. Freshly cut grass smells great too!

Beth said...

I love the smell of sweaty little boys after a day of playtime. I miss that smell.

Also love the smell of coffee, chocolate and those first few days of spring.

As a kid, I used to love the smell of gas at the gas station. Weird.

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

I love the smell of rain itself, you know, it's a hot day, and you can smell the rain coming, or is that an aussie smell?

When pregnant, I couldn't stand the smell of a fish and chip shop. All I could smell was stale oil.

buffalodickdy said...

Disliked smells: Microwave popcorn, a room where cigars were smoked earlier, cucumber essence, wet grass where a skunk has walked thru earlier, rotten fish, meat, poultry, and the ones everyone dislikes!
Good Aromas- fresh bread baking, a wind of cold, dry, fresh air, cinnamon, green tea perfume, cedar chests, a baby(with a fresh diaper on!).

Posie Rosie said...
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Posie Rosie said...

Love the smell of the sea, the smell of a roast in the oven, and home baking, know what you mean about the smell of bleach and poo...yuk!

her indoors said...

love the smell of bread baking, fresh cut grass, perculating coffee, johnsons baby talc, me dogs feet yep strange but true!
was sensitive to smells when i was pregnant and my son is senestive to smells.

Christy said...

There is this pond I drive by when taking my son to daycare and I guess it has been stagnant for quite some time because even with the windows up the air smells terrible! It's so bothersome I will go out of my way down a different route to take him if I can.

Holly said...

I love the smell of my son, clean, just clean, laundry, house, whatever, coffee.

My son, not autistic, is also sensitiv (although not the same extent), loud noises, scents, and I find I have become more tuned in since he has been in my world. Is it the same for you?

A sweet story. My son always smeels us if we have been away - even to work or out shopping. A reentry into his world I suppose. Only us. My sister just had a baby and upon first meeting her, he went right over and smelled her. Welcome to the family little one. Th only other person he's ever smelled.

muddyboots said...

fresh bread, freshly ground coffee, apple stores

Attila The Mom said...

Bizzarely enough, Silk Noile (the fabric) smells like fish to me. I spent an inordinate amount of money on a pantsuit some years ago, and I kept thinking, "What IS THAT SMELL???"

It was me!

My husband can't smell it. My brothers can't smell it (we're all adopted so there's no shared genetics there), but my sons can.

Weird.

Inthemud said...

Smells bring back memories, sometimes i'll be walking past someone and catch a whiff of their prefume and it'll transport me back to being a child and the smell of gran's perfume, or an after shave will remind me of a lost love and there is one tabacco that i adore that reminds me of my late uncle, hardly ever get to smell these days

BBC said...

I had a death uncle that could sense some things a 'normal' person couldn't. On occasion I'm so aware that I can feel my hair grow, I think I've mentioned that before. It's kind of irritating.

I had a dog that could find the darnest stinking things to roll in when we where on trips. Then I would have to go find a store for some soap and find some water to bathe her in.

One of my favorite things to smell is a womans hair.

Anyway, watched a cute movie yesterday. "Knocked Up". Very funny, a pretty truthful look at bat shit crazy Americans, and will tear you up at the end. Hugs.

Ashley loves Leo said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, and thanks for your empathy.

I have bionic smell ability, and so does my ASD son. Of course! We both like skunks, gas stations, and the smell of horses. As an activity, he and I "review" our essential oil collection. We prefer the natural ones!

Glad to hear about better fragrances!

Ian Lidster said...

Fresh baked bread is one of the best smells, new clean sheets work for me, and my wife's hair.
Petrol, I absolutely agree, and heating oil makes me want to gag.

Chris H said...

After 8 kids, numerous kittens and puppies, and caring for a totally incontent disabled child for 2 years I must admit my favourite HATE is the smell of poo ! And dead hedgehogs! The mere memory of THAT smell is enough to make me throw up!
I love all the usual smells mentioned: fresh mown grass, fresh baked bread/cookies, freshias, daphne, my favourite perfum (Joop)... quite a lot eh?

slouching mom said...

Coffee is a wonderful smell, and new books too.

Lady in red said...

I absoluletly love the smell of fresh washing, I could keep walking past a laundrette and adore it when I have the tumble drier on in the winter.

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Casdok said...

Good luck with the move!

Paul F. said...

I like the smell of WD-40. Something about that stuff....They should make a car freshener that smells like it.

Casdok said...

That has to be a man thing!?

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

Fascinating stuff!

Favorite smells: ocean surf, cedar trees, rich soil dug up in the garden. Applesauce cooking on the stove. Musty pages of old books.

Little Wing said...

I love the smell of vanilla and many spices!
I love the smell of rain !
And fresh laundry hung on the line in the sunshine!
So many good smells!

BBC said...

I can't stand working with diesel fuel. All the years that I was a master mechanic I avoided working on diesel rigs. Used diesel oil is yucky stuff also.

I'm making chocolate cupcakes. :-)

FXSmom said...

This is wrong and I hope my husband doesn't ever find this comment but can't go in the bathroom for at least 15 minutes after he pees. The smell of his urine is horrendous!! Bluck!!!

Top cat said...

Very interesting, I didn't know about their sensitivity to smells.

I like the smell of fresh brewed coffee, homemade soup, fresh baked bread and the ocean.:)
tc

abstractjenn said...

I love the smell of my boys when they get right out of the tub and they are all shiny clean. I also love the smell of a chocolate cake baking - apple pie baking and the fabulous lotion from Body Works called Oceana. I also love love love the smell of grease as it reminds me of my dad. I love the smell of the pavement after a rain in the summer I also love the smell of fall - kind of like that fire kind of smell.

Certain smells can send me right to bed with a massive headache like lillies and skunks.

Sober @ Sundown said...

Nice post. I am very sensitive to scents. I smell things that many of my friends are unable to.

I love the smell of a clean poodle.

Interestingly, I don't like the way most men smell.

Jodi said...

Chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven!

Pavel said...

My son doesn't seem to have problems with smell, but with textures. One kind is okay but the next kind will activate the gag reflex.

As for me, I like the smell of a new computer. I think they should bottle it for you to spray on your old computer. (hee hee)

dykewife said...

i love the smell of laundry that's been dried on a clothesline, the smell of cinnamon (making applesauce is a virtual olfactory orgy for me), and pine trees in cool humid weather.

i cannot tolerate the smell of rotting food, someone else's poo, or old, stale deep frying oil.

dykewife said...

oh, and a dirty cat litter box. that makes me gag just thinking about it.

BBC said...

Hey, Casdok, are you following me around? I notice that you are hitting blogs I follow. Don't do that, I hate someone walking behind me, walk beside me, as if we are one. :-)

Nancy said...

coffee and puppy breath =)

TheBirdman33 said...

I like the smell of gasoline, which I guess is petrol which you don't like.

I also like the smell of citrus, when I am buying any kind of air freshener I always go for the citrus or orange scent.

DJ Kirkby said...

I can't bear the smell of egg in the sink drain, milk on people's breath (difficult in a country of tea drinkers) and loads of other things. I do love the smell of fresh cut grass, watermelon, line dried clothes washed without washing powder (we use a Lakeland Ionic washball) and the smell of newborn babies.

Tera said...

My alltime fave smell is that of fresh cut pine trees. Always reminds me of growing up in the woods and that peaceful feeling of childhood.

Casdok said...

BBC how did the chocolate muffins go?

Jenni said...

I am sensitive to many different smells. Many perfumes and colognes, unless applied *very* lightly, make me sneeze. Even the faintest hint of certain perfumes will make me sneeze or make my nose twitch uncontrollably. Sometimes I get headaches from the smell. Some detergents and soaps affect me the same way.

There is a certain scent that is one of the most disturbing to me--the smell of a pine cleaner over top of a grungy, dirty smell--like it was used to cover and not clean. I don't know how else to describe it. I smell it often at certain thrift stores or on people at the grocery store or in passing in other public places. It literally makes me gag and I have to turn my head, gasp for clean air, and hold my breath until I am away from the smell.

My favorite smells are autumn leaves, the smell of spring grasses, rain, and campfire smoke. I don't like scented candles unless they are cinnamon apple, pumpkin pie, or some other fall scent, or pine or a very light vanilla. Bleach is actually a good smell to me. It smells like clean.

Odat said...

This is going to sound very strange but I love the smell of rubbing alchohol..When I was a kid, I suffered from migraines and my Mom would put a cold cloth with rubbing alchohol on my forehead. and to this day that smell just soothes me!
Peace

Shari said...

I love the smell of chocolate, something baking in the oven, flowers, a clean kid after a bath (Johnson's baby shampoo)...

Things I don't like: Beer, poo, coffee (my sister gave me cold coffee telling me it was soda and now I have an adversion to it), and licorice. Licorice makes me sick.

Marla Fauchier Baltes said...

My daughter will speak very loudly about what she smells when we are out and about. This has been a bit awkward at times. She has told me when someone smells bad or what kind of gum they are chewing. She will say if their perfume is nasty or if she smells poo. She never holds back when it comes back to smells. She is always right on target too!

Dad Stuff said...

I love the smell of freshly cut grass.
My son can't stand maple syrup smell. So he has plain pancakes.

abstractjenn said...

casdok I had a poo experience tonight. I was with my boys (who I've mentioned before) now luckily they don't smear but they don't always make it to the bathroom either. One of them came up to hug me an I smelt it immediately....I've dealt with it so many times it doesn't bother me but it did make me think of you and C!