Did you know? ………brought to you by Educational Ivy

I read today’s Prompt which ask me to give up one taste; sweet, salty, bitter, sour and some more which I don’t understand.

I give up none.

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I love the fact that I can taste all the richness of the food and smells. Even the bad one. I enjoy in sweetness of chocolate, sourness of lemon, saltines of chips and bitterness of… Actually, I am not a big fan of bitter. but, I wouldn’t even give that one up.

My mum is not of such luck. She has asthma and serious allergy problems, she is allergic to dust. She has been to several surgeries in order to keep her nose clean from polyps. She has to take several medications and inhalers every day.

She has through all of this lost her sensor of smell which only comes back rarely.

But, what you maybe don’t realize is how connected smell is to taste. Sure, she can distinguish sweet from salty, but have you ever ate when you had a cold and your nose was clogged? Yes, exactly. No smell, no taste.

“Separate senses with their own receptor organs, taste and smell are nonetheless intimately entwined.” BrainFacts

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Tastants, chemicals in foods, are detected by taste buds, which consist of special sensory cells. When stimulated, these cells send signals to specific areas of the brain, which make us conscious of the perception of taste. (…) Ultimately, messages about taste and smell converge, allowing us to detect the flavors of food.

I am blessed to taste all of it because:

“If you have allergies, that doesn’t mean your child is definitely going to have them too. But genetics does play a role. If you have allergies, there’s a 50% chance your child will. And if your spouse is also allergic, the chance your child will be too jumps to close to 75%.” WebMD

“Is Asthma Inherited? The simple answer to this question is, YES, a tendency to develop asthma is inherited.” asthma.partners.org

There is also one extra factor. I was born one month premature, which is bad because in the 8th month of pregnancy lungs are developed. If a baby is born in 7th month it is better because then she/he can artificially develop lungs in the incubator to the fullest. So, yes I am blessed and I am not giving anything away, not even for fun. 🙂

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16 thoughts on “Did you know? ………brought to you by Educational Ivy

  1. Sorry for your Mom’s smelling problems…sending healing hugs.

    • Thank you dear… It is going on for more than 20 years, now she stopped using some of the medications and started cleaning her nose with sea salt melted in water. It really helps. 🙂

  2. Hi Ivy!

    Hope you’re doing great on this summer hot day!

    And there’s one thing I have to share with you, I nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award – please see:
    http://borderlinepersonalitybliss.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/do-i-really-deserve-this-another-reward-for-tina-the-mess/

    Tina. 🙂

  3. Hi Ivy 😀 Your mum and I have something in common, sinus polyps. Mine was just found by accident on a MRI scan for my hand vibrations. I haven’t had the pleasure yet of having them removed. My young neighbour 30 ish has had them and she told me all the gory details. I wish you and your mum well. Ralph xox ❤

    • oh I’m sorry to hear that :/
      I think it’s not that horrible, they give you anesthesia and you’re good 😉 I do not have asthma or allergies (except on mosquitos, but not severe) but I do have problems with my nose, doctors said that I will have to have a surgery but I’m postponing it until….like 40 XD
      Thank you for your always kind comments ❤ When are you going to Jerusalem?

      • Knocking me out is good !!! Maybe you should get your nose done when they can then the problem will go away sooner than later Ivy. I am leaving my home in 8 hours time. Maybe I should get some sleep 😀 ❤

      • Wooow, already? Awesome, I will tune in if you find the time to blog!
        Go, sleep!
        Be safe and enjoy ❤
        Yeah, the problem is that they can't figure out why my mucosa is swollen and their solution is to correct my septum bone -.-. Their incompetence is why this surgery is needed and i don't like that. I will go, but not yet 😀

      • Maybe 2 lots of incompetence will fix you my friend ❤

  4. Hi…
    I am happy to announce that you have been awarded with a Very Inspiring Blog Award!

    Please check the http://borderlinepersonalitybliss.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/tina-the-mess-a-newbie-has-been-awarded/

    to claim your award!

    Tina.

    Btw, the post is great. Yuuuummm! 😀

  5. Very nice!

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