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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 09:31 PM
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What does it mean when you smell random scents that aren't there?
My mom just caught two big wiffs of perfume, and I, sitting next to her, couldn't smell. Is she having a stroke or something?
Duckie
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 09:35 PM
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1. Does she get migraines?
Happens to me sometimes.
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 09:35 PM
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2. Epilepsy, stroke, brain tumor
If this becomes a steady thing, make her see her doctor.

Most of the causes of phantom smells are benign; but since they tend to involve the brain, you don't want to shilly-shally with it.

--p!
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LynzM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 09:37 PM
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3. The things mentioned above
Migraine, epilepsy, also sometimes happens when you are pregnant, oddly enough. I hope she's ok!
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 09:38 PM
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Some new agers think
that the smells indicate a guide or spirit is visiting you. This afternoon, as I was sitting at my desk, I got a whiff of pot. I swear. I must have a guide who enjoys a smoke of smoke every once in a while.
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:52 PM
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9. Your Guide is Timothy Leary
:-)
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libhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 09:38 PM
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4. Sounds like a ghost
Edited on Wed Apr-06-05 09:44 PM by libhill
to me. I had a friend once, whose girlfriend of several years died tragically. He used to tell me that, sometimes at night, as he was on patrol (he worked as a night security officer)he could smell her particular brand of perfume, and sensed her presence. I fell by his job site one night, just to visit and say hello. I smelled it too- needless to say, I got the hell outta that building, and never went back.
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BBradley Donating Member (645 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:50 PM
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8. Or a yeti
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libhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:53 PM
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10. Or
one of them thar sassy sqautch critters.
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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:05 PM
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5. I woke up one night to the smell...
of perfume several years ago,I listened for sounds from daughter, nothing. I figured a friendly spirit.Nothing sense tho.
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:48 PM
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6. Glitch in the Matrix
As some other DU'er said in another thread. I can't take credit, but I like the idea.
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Cannikin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:48 PM
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7. Toast? Electrical fire? Definately stroke.
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DeposeTheBoyKing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-05 10:55 PM
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11. If it happens repeatedly, she should get it checked out
Don't mean to scare you - as someone else posted, it could be a sign of a neurological problem.

As a side note, several weeks ago my sister attended a seance in hopes that the medium could make contact with our deceased loved ones. The medium supposedly contacted our mother, sister and our brother's father (we're half-siblings). She said Mom was "restless" in the afterlife because she felt she'd left things in a mess for us and was worried. She told us to talk to Mom and tell her everything's fine. When I went to bed the night my sister told me about this, I smelled some perfume, as though someone were near me. Instead of heavy perfume I use light body splashes, which normally wear off by the time I turn in for the night, so it couldn't have been mine. It was a very strange sensation. Was it Mom? I don't know. I just know it was weird.

Disclaimer: I don't necessarily believe in the above; I'm just reporting what my sister said.
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