What is it with boyfriends, husbands and men in general. This really has nothing to do with age but more to do with gender. The fact that there are several names for it is shocking to me. Do you know what I am referring to? That time of year when everyone in your house gets sick. Your kids/teenagers get sick. You toss them some Advil, get some carry out, let them watch tv all day, and then you are pretty much home free. Or, you get sick, you immediately get an antibiotic if you can. If not you mix every over the counter drug you can plus vitamins and you still manage to work, do carpool, clean the house, make a meeting, and you actually have to force yourself to stay home and not go to the gym and work out. Then there's HIM… That guy in your house that gets sick. What the hell happens to the common cold when a man gets sick? Not only that, why does the equation turn into man + sick = woman + nursemaid. What is "Mansick" "Manflu" "Mancold"? Whatever it is I'm not biting anymore.
Then low and behold I see this report that there is some scientific proof that men actually suffer more than women and that the "Manflu" is a real symptom. I read the article three times and I still think bullshit. If this is the case why stop with the common cold. My husband woke up two nights ago (which means he woke me up, you understood that of course I am just confirming). He was moaning that something was wrong with his wrist. I gathered some pillows and said elevate it. Two hours later he wakes me up again and says he can't sleep the pain is unbearable. I turn the light on look at it. I see nothing, it's not swollen… nothing abnormal, basically it looks fine. I try to touch it and he flinches and jerks his wrist away and screams "Don't touch it!" I roll my eyes and am now calculating all I have to do this day with minimal amounts of sleep. I go downstairs to get Advil. While I am down there my cellphone rings. Hmmmmmm 3:17 am wonder who that is.. not really. I answer, "Can you bring an ice pack it's really bad!" Sure I'll bring you an ice pack. Why don't I scramble some eggs while I'm down here. See this is where your mind goes midlife when you have to deal with Mansick! I want to yell suck it up! Fast forward 7hrs. Now I have made a doctors appointment because this is an emergency by-golly! So the diagnosis from the male doctor (a friend of my husbands)… says a ligament must have slipped out because the x-rays show nothing. To me this is code for "I don't see anything wrong but I will give you a brace so you have proof that it was worth keeping your wife up all night." My husband comes home and says, "I know you've broken your wrist before but this is a slipped ligament you can't imagine the pain it's different. I'm in a brace and I have to get a prescription filled because the pain is so bad." I just look at him now with a blank stare. I just don't want to play the I'm sicker than you can ever imagine game. I fold… he wins due to my sleep deprivation.
Are we mean? No. Are men exaggerating? Of course? Should we still give them some TLC? Probably… and we will eventually but really? Coping with any type of Man sickness gets more and more challenging as we get older and our patience fades, not to mention we are just tired! I think we just can't give up our sleep anymore. Women need to be well rested to deal with Mansick Issues. Maybe just suck it up until you hear our alarm go off. Chances are if we had a good nights sleep we would try to cope better with your near death illness.
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...