The smell thing is the oddest thing! Whenever I went to my parents house, I was compelled to clean it. My dad was sick and, unbeknownst to us, mom had dementia. Neither of them were bathing regularly and the smell always lingered in my nose. It wasn’t a sweaty smell, just old people. Dad was very ill and eventually passed away almost exactly one year ago. It’s been an incredibly stressful time for me. (And of course this is the time I chose to ween off Effexor!). Anyway, I’ve been reading that stress causes phantom smells too. Just throwing that out there.
I’ve always had a really keen sense of smell. I hope I don’t lose it entirely. When I get that cigarette smell going, that’s about all I can smell. And it’s truly awful! And also, even at work, I sometimes even smell that old people smell. Crazy!