Cold-hearted Women & The Man Cold (aka When Men Get Sick)

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Hmmmm....Do men revert back to being children when they're sick?

Get out the tissues and the empathy: my guy is sick. Now, don’t get me wrong: I love him, but I don’t love him when he’s under the weather. “Groan” I hear very loudly as my significant other moves any body part. “Sigh” “Oww” are the common sounds I hear over and over as he’s huddled under blankets on the couch. “I’m sick.”

Umm… “Yes, dear, I know you’re sick” I tell him often, as I’ve just spent a week caring for two sick, feverish kids 24/7 while he was out in California on a business trip for the entire week. The phone messages we’d get from the West Coast: “Hi, it’s me! Hope you are all doing well! Things are great here; I’m just getting ready to go for a run on the beach before I head to breakfast.” Click. Yes, thanks. We needed that. So yes, while I should have more empathy, I just don’t. Cold-hearted, cold-blooded woman? Maybe.

Now don’t get me wrong: it’s not like I ignore him while he’s sick. I just tell him to go to bed and I’ll handle everything else. “Did you take your medicine?” I ask him. “Ummm…no,” he says. “Well then take your medicine!$#@!” (not sure why I have to remind him as women are pretty capable of this on their own).

And when anyone asks “How are you doing?” (like friends did recently at a party—that he was well enough to attend and whoop it up with the guys, I might add) he’s quick to cough and respond with a long, drawn-out sigh “I’m on the mend.”

It got me thinking: why are women able to juggle sick kids, fever of their own, and everything else—sans a sigh or a loud groan…and without having to tell everyone and their friends? Genetics? Stronger disposition?

I asked some of my women friends: “Men are big babies,” said one. Another agreed. What are your thoughts? Take this poll…[polldaddy poll=4764357]

Valerie LatonaAbout Valerie Latona
As the former editor in chief of Shape (the active lifestyle magazine) for 5 years, I personally spoke with a lot of women (thousands over the years, from around the nation) and what I found is this: it's not easy to stay healthy, to get (and stay) fit, and to stem the weight gain tide (and even the tide of disease) that inevitably happens to us as we get older.