High fever…body aches…trips to the bathroom.
It sucks being sick, there is no doubt about that. But why do women always claim that men are such babies when they are sick?
I’ve been sick for the last few days – I’ll spare you all of the details unless you really want to hear them – and I don’t think I have been acting like a baby at all.
However, last night my wife was talking to a friend on the phone who was asking how everyone was feeling as she knew the flu (or something) had been running through our house. My wife responded that everyone was feeling better except that I still thought that I was on my deathbed.
Where does this perception come from?
Many women believe that the men in their life whine and moan about feeling so terrible when all they have is a simple cold. A few sniffles and a slight fever and a man becomes a quivering lump on the couch that can no longer even wipe his own nose.
Since I have been sick – which has been much more than the sniffles and a slight fever – I haven’t been whining or moaning about anything yet my wife has a different impression.
Where is the disconnect?
When men are sick they tend to lie on the couch or bed and turn into a giant lump that might not move for hours while watching reruns of old cartoons and bad sitcoms – all while groaning, moaning, and whining about being sick.
When women are sick they usually still care for the children, cook dinner, do the laundry, clean the floors, and every other task they perform on a daily basis.
At least this is what my wife tells me is the difference between when she is sick and when I am sick.
Go ahead and search Google for “men act like babies when sick” and you will see page after page of blogs and articles written by women about their boyfriends or husbands. Some feel it is a need that men have to be mothered while others think it is because men don’t have periods – umm, okay.
Now I’d love to go on and tell you all about why men are not babies when they are sick, but I’m getting a chill and have asked my wife to get me a blanket and something to drink before the next episode of Dukes of Hazzard begins.
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