Are Men Good At Being Sick?
Many people say that a man is nothing more than an adult child when they become ill. I am not quite sure why so many people think men are not good at being sick. Truthfully, I am exceptionally good at being sick.
My wife has told me that I am a typical male when I do not feel well. I know I am not the best patient because I can become pathetic, demanding and irritable. I do not believe that I am a terrible patient because I am male. I think I act this way because I do not want to be ill and as the old saying goes “misery loves company.“
Male Stages of Being Sick
Being sick makes you look your worst!
When I am sick I go through stages based on the length of the illness. The stages are also based upon being pathetic, demanding and irritable.
Day 1: Pathetic – During stage 1 I think I am dying and want the comfort and companionship of the people who mean the most to me. It is during this stage of being ill that I want to express my “last” goodbyes to everyone.
Day 2: Demanding – During stage 2 I am still not feeling well but I am beginning to think I might not die. I start to think about how miserable I am and want to know if others are suffering as much as me. I also begin to demand unique requests to make the day go faster, e.g., a new book, a fluffed pillow or a special soup.
Day 3: Irritable – Stage 3 brings the added pressure of being inside the house for too long. I now know I am going to live, but I am tired of looking at the same four walls in a room. It is during this point of being sick that everyone “can” become an enemy.
I was rarely sick until we had children or as I like to call my son, “a walking petri dish.” Do not misunderstand me I love my son, but I could do without the germs he brings in the house. It is a constant struggle to make him understand that you need to use soap and water to wash your hands.
To Whine or, Not to Whine
It’s no fun when your ill!
Over the last few weeks, we have had one illness after the next in our house. I did not realize that my son would begin to take on my traits of being a male so early.
Day 1: Pathetic – The first day Xander’s sick he is sweet and highly agreeable. He wants to cuddle with me or his mamma. He is unusually quiet and shy. It is during this time period you can not help but feel sorry for my 4 year-old son.
Day 2: Demanding – Generally, the next day Xander begins to show an attitude. He starts asking for different things. He is polite when he asks for things, “Dada, I am sick. Would you get my cup off the table I can’t reach it.” (He is less than a foot away from the cup and adds a cough).
Day 3: Irritable – The third day for my son is usually the worst. Now is also the time that Xander starts to refuse to accept any medicine. He wants to go outside and play again and eagerly voices his concerns. “Dada, I not sick anymore. I all better now. I go play outside now. Please!“
Let The Battle Begin
I do not have an issue with my son acting like me when he’s sick. Honestly, I am a little flattered that he wants to act like me. It only becomes a problem when we are both sick at the same time.
We both battle to see who is the most pathetic, demanding and irritable. I am not sure, but somehow I think he wins most of the battles. Xander still has a little boy cute factor. I lost my cute factor years ago.
I can accept my quirks when I am sick. However, my son can not yet admit he has any idiosyncrasies when he is sick. I am hoping by the time he is a grown man he will have outgrown a few of his “illness” traits. If he does not outgrow them, I have a feeling his future wife will be calling me a lot.
I still do not think men are worse than anyone else when it comes to being sick, but I might be biased. How hard is it watching a child when their sick versus a man? Are men worse than kids when the become sick? Tell me more in the comments!
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