yes, multiple chemical sensitivities, or MCS for short.
you know who you are. you look healthy on the outside, no one knows that you have less of a social life than of many people who have canes and wheelchairs! You do not wear a nametag saying "MCS, please no perfumes"!
Every once in a while I am reminded of my condition.
[normally I am OK as long as I do not step on the "mine" in life's minefield, the "mine" being some chemical in the air.]
I have a favorite cafe for my lunch and it is in the auditorium of the Episcopal church. A gourmet cafe. the whipped cream on the deserts is Real!
Over the Christmas break, they put down on the auditorium floor a "polyethylene" shiny floor covering.
The first week that they opened back up, after new years, I was greeted with 1200 sq feet of this stuff!
Oh some of the smell outgassed a bit, over the two weeks I stayed away, but the other day that I went, I found that my inner nose lining was so irritated that even after I left, 25 minutes exposure, my nose was "over-reactive" to all scents, all the rest of the day and even today, the next day!
How long will this stuff bother me? A whole month? for a year maybe, i think. better yet,
never go back there again!!
Naturally, I am the only person so affected. so this is MY problem. As far as church itself is concerned, i stay away away: church is a toxic substance!
I do not wince a bit when I tell someone that I have a disability rating from the Veterans people! I often walk several miles in a day, but I betcha that I have far far less social accesses to places and events than of most wheelchair or blind people!
[I have walked out of two music events, here where I live, in my senior home, just this month alone, too too much perfumes!]