... my better half was ill yesterday and I played nursemaid all day... fetching crackers and tissues while she slipped in and out of a cold-medicine coma... the poor thing... actually though, she's a pretty good sick person... I mean, she whined a little and sneezed a lot... but otherwise she was cool... I made her soup.. mushroom soup... and I made lemonade because she asked for it... and just generally let her sleep on the couch all day and brought her whatever she wanted... comforted by British accents courtesy of BBC America, she rested all day....

... but if it had been me?... no way... everyone in the neighborhood would know I was sick... hell, I would be calling up friends continents away just to let them hear my creaky, phlegm-clogged breathing... it's bad... I am the World's Worst Sick Person... when I'm sick, I have an overwhelming desire to make sure everyone everywhere knows just how rotten I feel.... luckily, I don't get sick much...

... anyway, after a day spent nursing, I got to thinking last night... specifically, about how we're all so different and why that is so... how we all turned out the way we are... being born with a certain mindset and a certain disposition and abilities.... and how our lives - from the moment we're hatched - are changed by our adventures, education, and relationships over time... how we ended up being molded into the people we are now... I mean, why is it that when I'm sick I turn into a totally different person?... all needy and pitiful?... and her?... she just endures with no need for babying...

.. I don't know... but it just struck me as odd... how a totally different side of my personality could be uncovered by the common cold...

by Eric on February 20, 2006 | Bullshit (16) | TrackBack (0) | SWG Stories
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"why is it that when I’m sick I turn into a totally different person?... all needy and pitiful?"

The missus claims this is genetics and likes to call me a puss when I'm sick.

I on the other hand try explaining to her that we push through and fight the illness without saying anything for such a long period of time that when it does finally catch up to us we're bedridden. She hasn’t bought into this theory yet.

Bullshitted by phin on February 20, 2006 08:20 AM

... interesting theory... I'll have to try it out next time...

Bullshitted by Eric on February 20, 2006 08:55 AM

*cough* pussy *Cough*

Bullshitted by armywifetoddlermom on February 20, 2006 09:17 AM

... hey, I can't help it..

Bullshitted by Eric on February 20, 2006 09:20 AM

It is for the same reason men don't give birth, they are pussies.

Bullshitted by Maeve on February 20, 2006 09:27 AM

.. actually, I have a pretty good tolerance to pain... but there is a difference between feeling pain and feeling sick... pain, I can do.. sick, not so much...

Bullshitted by Eric on February 20, 2006 10:04 AM

I get a head cold and TheGirl says I regress to six years old whiney snively the whole bit.Your missus is a brave lady.

Bullshitted by DanToom on February 20, 2006 12:13 PM

Boy I may take a ration for this... but men in general are whiney when they are sick. My husband catches a cold and he's in bed for a day or two, miserable and pathetic. I push on. I don't have time to be sick and honestly? I don't think I'm allowed to be sick.

Bullshitted by Bou on February 20, 2006 12:41 PM

I think that is it Bou! We wimmin are not allowed to be sick - and AWTM is also right. Men are pussies when it comes to the common cold.

Bullshitted by oddybobo on February 20, 2006 01:22 PM

I think sometimes us women treat men differently most of the times and what I mean is..we expect them to always be "so manly" and "tough" and we never see them cry, etc.

Soooo when they feel poorly it's their only chance to be a "baby" get that nipple suckling care they received as an infant.

Us women show out all the damn time...we are excused for our behavior when our menstrual comes...when our hair looks like shit...when we ain't got nothing decent to wear..

All a man has is his illness. I baby my husband to death when he's sick and I love doing's the only time he's's when he becomes "my boy"... :)

Bullshitted by Sandy on February 20, 2006 02:31 PM

... sorry, ladies... but so far Sandy has the best answer.. heh...

Bullshitted by Eric on February 20, 2006 02:45 PM

Her answer doesn't apply to me though. I don't PMS, I never care what my hair looks like (I wear a ballcap if it looks like crap), and I'm a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal. I'm not into clothes or anything like that.

Maybe that's the deal with men, but trust me, on my end, my entire life is suck it up and deal... so I do.

Bullshitted by Bou on February 20, 2006 03:23 PM

I'm with Bou. Men are just whiney when they don't feel good. And some women are too. I just don't happen to one of them. (It scares my hubby when I feel badly enough to actually have to go lay down or whatever. That means it's BAD...)

Anyway, here's hoping you don't get sick...

Bullshitted by Richmond on February 20, 2006 05:25 PM

Member of I love Bou fan club...

and still think men are pussies when sick....

Bullshitted by armywifetoddlermom on February 20, 2006 05:49 PM

My husband claimed that too about the pain.
Until I told him to shove a 10 lb watermelon up his bum with out an epidural.
Yes, my son weighed 10 lbs at birth.

Bullshitted by Maeve on February 20, 2006 08:21 PM

Bou fan club. Though I do try to pamper myself (note that it is not my hubby pampering me) when I'm sick. Hot tea, chocolate, good book... oh wait, that was before children. I don't get sick now, I just eat chocolate. must cut out the chocolate sometime soon. Hope your wife gets well soon.

Bullshitted by vw bug on February 21, 2006 07:18 PM