Thursday, December 23, 2010

I Swear I'm Not Pregnant

I felt a little off this morning.  Not particularly hungry.  And then this afternoon I was making a batch of toffee for my mom, and all of the sudden I was so nauseous.  The smell of the butter cooking was just killing me.  I ended up pulling it off the heat about 20 degrees early and sitting down with a few pretzels and a ginger ale.  Once I settled down a bit I went back into the kitchen to finish up and raced right back out again.

While I'd been in the kitchen, Mom had been cleaning the bathrooms.  I didn't get more than two steps into the bathroom before the smell of bleach chased me back out again, trying not to retch.

I got a little something in me at dinner and went back to my room.  Mom wanted to make coleslaw for tomorrow night's dinner, and she was worried the vinegar would bother me.  When I came back out a couple hours later to decorate the Christmas tree, I didn't notice any vinegar smell at all.  But the cabbage smell was enough to gag a maggot.

I've got my period right now, and that always makes my Crohn's flare up a bit.  Nausea and other unpleasant digestive symptoms aren't exactly unusual.  But I've never had this sensitivity to smell before.  I hope it goes away overnight, because I can't imagine the next few days will be pleasant if I keep feeling this way.


  1. I've only had this happen (slightly) when I WAS pregnant. But it was SO very much worse when I was in labor. With the first one, I made Dan take like two or three showers in under an hour. Everything made me feel like that the entire day.
    I have no helpful suggestions, just sympathy. Yep, saltines, pretzels, and ginger ale. Maybe try some ginger tea too. Good luck!

  2. So sorry. Try some peppermint oil on the back of your neck--soothing to the nausea and blocks some smells, too. This happens to me when I get my period.

    Such as, my husband was eating peanut butter (which I love) and I had to run out of the room gagging. He had to brush his teeth twice and use mouthwash before I could stand for him to get into bed to even sleep near me!

    Hugs and hope it gets better!