The Man Cold


man cold

The sneezing. The coughing. The moans and groans. The man cold has entered our home, and my husband can’t leave our bed since he is too weak and tired. He is completely down for the count.

I walk into our bedroom to check on him, and all I can see are mounds of tissues all over the bed, water and Gatorade bottles covering the nightstand, and Pedialyte popsicle wrappers strewn all about, which, may I add, are for the children when they are sick. He turns to me to tell me for the 100th time that he is super tired and feels awful. 

Hold on, let’s rewind. HE’S tired??? How can he even go there? It’s laughable, really. While he is up in our room, I am still running the household, taking care of 3 children (2 of which are infants and one of which is sick with a cold and ear infection as well), taking care of the dog, AND showing up for work on time. Not only that, but I volunteered at school today and worked on a committee for the local hospital.

Now you tell me…who should be tired?! 

Did you know that WebMD has an article for the Man Cold? I am not kidding. You will have to google it to read it, but I would like to point out that a man wrote the article, and he is very defensive of why men act the way they do when they get sick. 

Ladies with sons, the good news is, we can stop this man-cold pandemic!

I have a son, and I will try my very best to stop this vicious cycle from continuing. At a young age, boys are just like girls when they’re sick. They are adorably pathetic, and they want to lay in your arms on the couch and have a good snuggle. All they want and need is their mother.

I’m not sure at what age this all changes. Maybe it never changes, and perhaps that is part of the problem. Maybe, just maybe, the next time your man has a cold, you call his mom to come over and take care of him (heck, maybe even have her move in for the next week). With her there giving him all the attention he is yearning for, you no longer need to baby him. You can enjoy the peace and quiet (once you have cleaned, put the children to bed, done the laundry, made everyone’s lunches for the following day, taken care of the dog, etc.); and you can sit and watch Bravo without any negative commentary from your partner. 

To all the men out there that may be reading this, we love and appreciate you. We do, however, find humor in the way you react to being under the weather. But, hey, maybe it is as bad as you say it is…the female gender may never know. 

Melissa was born and raised in Fairfield County. She currently lives in Stamford with her husband and their 6-year-old daughter and their boy/girl twins, born in December 2018. She works for a pediatric group in Fairfield as a mental health therapist, a job she truly loves and is thankful for the children she sees daily that keep her hip cool, and in the know of all things adolescent. She spends most of her free time going on dates with her handsome hubby, nature walks and playgrounds with the kiddos, snuggling her sweet puppy, and spending way too much money at Target.