Originally posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009, on My Heart Blogs To You.
I learned a new term yesterday from my British friend, Christine – Man Flu.
Man Flu is an interesting malady that I’m sure, though you may have been unaware of the terminology, has affected one or more of the men in your life.
The only way I can describe it is to reference my personal experiences with the debilitating disease and explain it in ways most women will understand.
Picture Mom. She takes care of two children every day, goes to work, comes home to clean the house, make dinner, bathe the children, take care of the laundry, and go grocery shopping.
Though it seldom happens, one day Mom gets the flu. She has a fever, is vomiting, and races to the bathroom for bouts of diarrhea, but she continues to go to work, to clean the house, to take care of the laundry, to go grocery shopping, and to take care of the kids while Daddy reclines on the couch watching football. He shouts commands at Mommy from the living room – what’s for dinner – can you get me a beer – I can’t reach the remote that I dropped – can you pick it up for me.
Now picture Dad. The poor man has the sniffles. Incapable of making it into work, he drags his slumped shoulders from his bed and complains about how his whole body feels as if it has been run over by a truck. As if you can’t see it by his droopy eyes, a look he has perfected over the years, he is completely exhausted.
All the poor suffering man can do is grab the Wii remote and play numerous games on one television while racing back to finish the taped football game on the other television at the other end of the house and request you to bring his coffee, make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and prepare plates filled with snacks.
Throughout the day he will take numerous naps and inquire about medicines he should be taking, all the while asking you to feel his head for fever.
That, my friends, is Man Flu.
Disclaimer – I have several male friends I cherish. Not all men suffer from this affliction. But many of the men I’ve known throughout the years serve as textbook examples of this, um, sickness.