A Case of The Man Cold


For the past several weeks, I’ve been sick. My throat has been sore. My nose has been stuffy. My sinuses have been achy and I’ve been coughing up green crap incessantly (sorry for the visual.) It’s no doubt that with an ear and strep infected son who insists on permanently residing up in my face that I would get sick. I finally went on antibiotics for a sinus infection last week and have slowly been on the mend. Unfortunately, just in time for my husband to get sick.

Now, I love my husband. I truly believe we are soulmates, my life wouldn’t be complete without him, he is the love of my life and all that crap, but when he’s sick? I have visions of stabbing him repeatedly with sharp kitchen utensils and making a run for it with our children.

What? He gives me no choice.

You would have thought he was dying yesterday. In fact, fifty years from now (God willing,) when he is on his death bed, I imagine his face looking remarkably similar to the way it did for much of the weekend.

I’m sick, he proclaimed pathetically. Barely mustering up the energy to get out of bed, he drove to the Minute Clinic to get a dose of antibiotics and a bucket of sympathy. An hour later he called sounding defeated. Did they give you something, I asked. No, he whimpered. The strep test was negative and she said it couldn’t be a sinus infection if it just started.

It’s a cold.

(A man-cold.)

Someone, save me. We may not survive this week. Either one of us.


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  1. Autumn says

    I believe the man cold has become an epidemic i have encountered many men with exact same symptoms. Fatigue, sore throat, inablility to rise out of bed and constant whineing. Oh well what can you do besides daydream beating them.

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  2. Deidre says

    My god!! How true is this? My husband becomes no longer functional as a human being when he is sick! Thank you for sharing, I feel much less alone in this crazy world!

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    • pammiesue says

      LOL. My hubby expects to roll over and die w/ the slightest hint of anything. And requests hot fudge sundaes as THE cure. Yeah, what ever. He makes the third of my children. I did however, realize after reading these posts… my maiden name is MANN. Oh yeah, next time I get sick? I’m cashing in THAT chip!

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  3. Barbara says

    I KNEW where you were going with this post just from the title and the first sentence. It must be in chromosomes. I guess they can’t help it. Be patient, honey, and lock up the sharp objects for a few days.

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  4. Christen says

    Haha. I understand this completely. This is the reason women were made to give birth and men were made to just sit back and watch– They can’t handle it!

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  5. Loralee says

    Your green mucous turns me on, baby.

    My husband that can lift couches by himself turns into an incapacitated three-toed sloth when he is sick. I always treat him well and baby him thinking that the favor will be returned when I am sick.

    Instead, when I feel wretched, I get treated like I should be that chick that births and then goes and works in the rice paddy right after giving birth in “The Good Earth”.


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  6. Old School / New School Mom says

    I totally feel your pain. Wil acts like an overgrown baby when he’s sick. Meanwhile, when I’m sick? He thinks he is saving the world by “letting me sleep.”

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