The Nose Knows
By far the weirdest side effect of my surgery has been the way it has increased my ability to smell food. Because of a backed-up sinuses, I usually can't smell that well, but with my greatly decreased diet, I've apparently compensated by paying extra attention to food smells. One of my co-workers is eating Thai food about 30 feet away, and I can smell the curry and bamboo scent. Opening a can of dog food practically knocks me out. Driving past an In-n-Out Burger, I feel like my Basset/Beagle Luke must feel every day with his oversized shnaz. Nobody warned me this would happen! The body is amazing; all our art and science and still we can be surprised.