Okay, so I’ve come to learn, after some careful questions and investigating that my daughter experiences olfactory and gustatory hallucinations. She’s not an extremely picky eater like we thought, nor does she had an eating disorder as we believed for many years but couldn’t find a cause for. Today she said her rice crispies tasted like rotten eggs as did the pepperoni on her pizza (which she normally loves). She said it isn’t all the time, so sometimes it’s okay to eat things and sometimes it’s not. She also says sometimes things just taste “rotten” or “poisoned”.
Does anyone have any suggestions for this? We’re going to explore it more and do some “fun experiments” where we have her taste different foods the next time it happens to see if it’s certain foods or just during a certain phase or what. Does anyone else have experience in this, for either an adult or a young child? How do you cope with it? What can be done to circumvent it so she actually eats properly? On the meds she’s on, eating is really important.
On the other side is me - this has thrown me a whole other curve ball. I think part of me knew but couldn’t accept it. But now that I can’t ignore it and know, my heart is just broken all over again. It seems like every day we’re uncovering more symptoms. Will it ever end?! And how do I help her with this? How do you cope with your brain betraying you with tastes? Food, which is such a comfort sometimes, is the enemy? I mean seriously? Is this some kind of awful cosmic joke?