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Surviving the smells of Christmas

By November 19, 2010 - 7:03pm

While chestnut roasting on an open fire may be great for some people, those of us with COPD for the most part have trouble with strong smells..pine makes me sick, and the malls atre full of everyday people wearing all kinds of perfume ..you get the idea..lol
But with a little planning you can still enjoy the holidays without turning blue.
I trade the smell of scented candles with cimmimaon and nutmeg, or vanilla, orange spice and things like that..never had anyone complain about the smell of pumkin or apple pie neither.
How about you how do you make it though, and how do you get your guest to understand that you would be most thankful if they would save the new pweium they got for another time when you aren't there without hurting anyones feelings?

By April 28, 2011 - 7:43pm

Hi all, I'm so happy to hear I'm not the only one with attitudes toward strong smells and odors. Perfume is my worst especially at church where i have had to move my seat. Or in an elevator where we are trapped , fortunately only for a short time, We just have to do the best we can and avoid places or situations where we know ahead of time. Sun tan lotion is also quite sickening and will bring on an asthma attack. I'm trying to find the happy things to bring out and you know what , I for one am so grateful that the good Lord has seen fit to help me get thru the day with my breathing, as we all know it is a struggle as soon as we get up in the am. But we do get up Praise God for every day he gives us. I am on a lung transplant list at Mayo clinic and I try to live every day to the fullest. Do not let this disease hold you down, keep you home or decline social invitations because you have to carry your o2. I have also asked my friends and family to refrain from wearing any perfume when around me but I must say the men are the worst with their after shave etc. Hope you all have a great summer , stay in air conditioning and out of the humidity which will drain your strength. Sit by the pool if you can with a cool drink and give God the glory for each day he gives us.

April 28, 2011 - 7:43pm
By April 20, 2011 - 9:05pm

So my dear, I'm quite confident socially, but I too am stymied about a few social situations re smells and odors. Suddenly I am very irritated by incense, soaps, lotions and potions that people put on their bodies. I did ask friends if I could extinguish their candles recently, they were glad to do so but I am wondering if anyone else has a method of asking folks not to wear smelly lotions & potions. I can deal with family and close friends...Last week a friend a friend showered and reeked of shampoo/soap or some such; really irritating to my lungs. We're quite social and I imagine I'll just have to retreat or leave some situations if the odors are too strong. If the odor is rectifiable easily, e.g., burning candles, incense or potpourri I'll ask that it be put away but I'm not sure I'll ask someone to re-shower w/non-scented products. I did advise the Triple A guy the other day that since he deals w/the public he might want to use unscented products to avoid irritating the lung of folks like me. Penny and I need your tips! Thanks

April 20, 2011 - 9:05pm
By HERWriter Guide December 12, 2010 - 4:53pm

Hi PennyPat

Thanks for this group and this question! I had no idea that someone with COPD woul have an issue with candles or scents!

My home is always scented (yes, I'm sure I'm causing cancer and polluting the world!) but if someone I knew was coming over (who had COPD) then I would certainly pull the plug (literally, in some cases!) on scents that could aggrivate their condition, just like I would with someone with allergies etc.

We need to be sensitive with the conditions of others! While I do know a few who make a big song and dance about being "vegan" or some other lifestyle choices (I am strict vegetarian as are my kids but we do not expect people to rid their homes of meat just because we're coming over!), when it comes to health, we should all do our best to accomodate people.

The holidays are THE time to have scents in the house so if I were you I would mention that this can be unhealthy for you and ask if anything could be done about it. A good host will always accommodate. I know I would. Are candles or scents more important than people? I would hope not!

Let us know how things go for you and our best to you!

December 12, 2010 - 4:53pm

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