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Absolutely Tasteless

29 July 2003

I feel awful! My flu has developed into a nasty head cold. I’m stuffed and clogged and snotty and grumpy and headachey — and bloody hell my taste buds don’t work!!!!

I feel like I’ve rubbed my tongue dry on cardboard. Or like I’m constantly sucking on an old sock. I kept adding salt to my dinner and sugar to my tea. I just can’t taste anything! It’s soooo weird.

I ate half a packet of Caramel Tim Tams, before I realised that I was wasting them. My brain wasn’t receiving any warning messages about sugar overloads. It was quite distressing.

However I did learn a few things about the texture of food. Take away the taste and most foods feel gross in your mouth.

Munched up vegetables just feel like rubbery little blocks. Meat is like spongey orange peel.
Rice is just bean bag filling. And holy moly, ice cream is just strange! Like a creamy, wall plaster but cold!

I think chocolate was the only nicest thing that felt good in my mouth. Hard and solid, then melty and smooth, creamy and velvety.

I hope I feel better tomorrow. My mum promised to make me chicken soup.