The Smell Of Alcohol

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2009-12-30 23:50:27 -0600
Started 2009-12-27 21:29:26 -0600

My diagnosis occurred in 1945 when I was 6. There were no diabetes types back then, all of us were given insulin to help with our fight against high blood sugar. My family lived in a small four room house that was not insulated. There was no insulation in the attic, or in the walls, so we stayed very cold in the winter time. It was very cold in the morning wnen I had to take my insulin. My father loaded the big glass syringe with my insulin and brought a big wad of cotton he had dipped in rubbing alcohol. I lowered my pants and felt the cold air in the room. It made me shiver as I rubbed a spot on top of my upper leg. The alcohol would run down my leg and it felt icy cold when it did that. I hated everything about taking those shots. Even the smell of that alcohol was very unpleasant. The needles were very long and thick and my father pushed it into my skinny leg, into the muscle on top of my cold, shivering leg. I hated the cold, the pain and the smell of the alcohol.

Fast forward to the year 1963. I was visiting my girfriend, Anita, at her home and meeting her parents for the first time. The meal served that evenng was very good but there was an unpleasant odor of alcohol in my glass. I had never tasted alcohol, my parents never had alcohol in our home. It was white wine in my glass and I wished it was water. I hated the taste and the smell of the wine. After explaining that I did not drink alcohol, Anita's mother took my wine and brought me water. I hesitated doing that, I did not want to upset that evening in any way. The rest of the evening went very smoothly. I proposed to Anita in the downstairs family room in front of a warm fire her father had bulit in the fireplace. She said YES and we were very happy!!!

I did not taste alcohol again until 1972, while visiting the home of the president of the college, where I was teaching. He brought me a glass with with some vodka in it. There it was again, the dreadful smell of alcohol. I pretended to sip some of the drink. When my host was greeting some other guests I poured the vodka on the ground and asked for some sparkling water. I have never tasted of alcohol since that day.

It was not until earlier this year that I realized that my hatred of the smell of alcoholic beverages stems back to the time I was taking those shots during my childhood. I learned to hate the smell of alcohol then and I hate it just as much now. I don't mind being with people who drink as long as they are not drunk, but I hate the smell of their drinks. It can actually take my appetite away.

I now realize that I do not drink because of my hating the smell of alcohol. That is probably a good thing. Maybe I should be grateful for the shots I had to take in my early years of diabetes. Who would have thought that experience would lead to my never drinking?

Anita and my younger son do not drink but my older son does have some wine with his dinner. I don't complain but I try to sit as far as possible from him when we have dinner there.

12 replies

Anonymous 2009-12-30 22:50:21 -0600 Report

For me it is the smell of vinegar - when I was young (long time ago) I was badly burned by the sun. The family doctor who lived next door told my mother to keep me swaddled in bedsheets that had been soaked in a mild solution of vinegar and water. To make a long story short the only thing I remember about three weeks of my life was the smell of vinegar and "coming to" intermittently with a sensation of intense pain. In another era I would have been hospitalized in a burn unit but thanks to the doc and my mother's excellent nursing care I survived with only the home care (and grew up to hate the smell of vinegar!)

spiritwalker 2009-12-30 21:48:30 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing. I can use alcohol pads for shots, but
don't like the odor. There was never any alcohol in my family and I find it difficult to be around anyone who is drinking
due to the odor.

ptsparkle 2009-12-28 13:08:21 -0600 Report

I can only imagine the pain and discomfort you went through with those big syringes. I had my last drink in 1972, and I can tell you, you are not missing anything. I was also a heavy smoker, and quit cold turkey in 72. I don't care for the smell of alcohol, but smokers really turn my stomach. Hearing your story, I wish now that I would have had bad experiences with candy, potatoes, corn, and all the other foods I grew up with. Thanks for sharing.

packrat2 2009-12-28 11:48:18 -0600 Report

richard157..that was a good good story…I remember using the cotton ball with alcohol…regards packrat2

sweething 2009-12-28 09:34:31 -0600 Report

I guess everyone has vivid images attached to smells, at least I do. Very interesting and thought provoking, Richard.

salmanda 2009-12-28 09:05:14 -0600 Report

What a powerful story! Good for you that you spoke up when it wasn't easy. I am very glad for the advances in medicine! Now let's all pray for a cure in this coming new year.
Sal :)

Deb-G 2009-12-27 22:28:44 -0600 Report

This is kind of how I feel about the smell of smoke on peoples hands, or clothes…

There's def associations to things that we keep with us forever :)

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-27 23:56:15 -0600 Report

Me too, about smoke, especially if your DENTIST has been smoking! He may wash his hand BUT that does not take away that odor!! Pr

Deb-G 2009-12-28 11:24:45 -0600 Report

ack! Pat that would be gross!! lol…I'm a Dental Hygienist…course we wear mint flavored and smelling gloves…but…I would bet that smell would come right through! YUK! LOL

BLC 2009-12-27 21:57:11 -0600 Report

Very interesting. I have heard our sense of smell is the closest tie to our memory.

Harlen 2009-12-27 21:55:12 -0600 Report

Thank god thing have changed as much as they have.
I dont drink much ones twice a year I will have one or two drinks but thats just me, I dont need any more cruches
Thank you

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