Thursday, February 11, 2010

Deadly Man Flu

We had an outbreak of Deadly Man Flu this weekend.

Deadly Man Flu

For those of you not in the know, Deadly Man Flu is defined as:

The condition shared by all males wherein a common illness (usually a mild cold) is presented by the patient as life-threatening.

This is also known as 'Fishing for Sympathy' or 'Chronic Exaggeration'.

When the patient is your boyfriend or husband, he will exhibit the standard symptoms (such as an overwhelming desire for compassion) while simultaneously rejecting any and all efforts you make to placate him.
You: Awww, you poor fella.
Him: I'm DYING!
You: (Soothingly) Oh, you're not dying Cy.
Him: (Indignant) I AM! I have Man Flu!
You: Do you need some sympathy?
Him: Yes! But no one understands my pain...
You: I understa-

I don't really think Deadly Man Flu is just a man disease though. I feel like crap... AND NO ONE UNDERSTANDS MY PAAAAIN!

I'm adding this post to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday! Stay tuned next week for "Explotation of" and "Exaggerating about" your husband to make for funnier or more interesting blog posts.

Jenny Matlock


RNSANE said...

Oh, I cannot stop laughing. I have to send this to all my friends who are blessed ( ? ) to have men in their lives.

Viki said...

Oh my gosh, this is just so funny. And what's with men that they don't want to take anything to help them when they feel sick. I guess it's just the "man" thing.

Candi said...

That is hilarious! We call it "The Man Cold"...we've been joking about this since me and my friend were in high school. Her dad would come out of the bedroom in a long robe, with a hat and scarf wrapped around his neck and act all puny!!! It's so true though!!! LOL!!!

Jo said...

So funny and yet so true!!!

4 Lettre Words said...

That has to be one of the funniest things I've seen in a looooooong time!

Hope you both feel better ASAP!!

Tijn said...

Pah! Noone understands my (emotional) pain!

Last time I got sick I got scolded for not being manly (which evidently means "wimpy") enough - this time I did everything according to the book, and she makes fun of me!

Pah! I say! PAH!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh my goodness ..this was so funny! I think man flu is universal in it's severity.

Hope your man feels better soon! :-)

Jenny said...

I totally, totally love this D elightful post! It just made me my husband came up the hall and I read it and he just shook his head and walked off.

Perhaps it was too close to home for him!


Absolutely D andy post!

A+ for you and A+ in drama for the poor guy with the "deadly man flu"

mbkatc230 said...

I'm laughing so hard I'm crying. IT'S ALL TRUE!!! Can't wait for your "E" post. Kathy

Catherine said...

Oh dear ... I've seen that dread disease a time or two in my household! Ginger, Garlic, Echinacea, Peppermint tea ... and yes, we do feel very sorry for you!

brainella said...

Notice it's only male paramedics that come. A women would just poke him the head and throw the bell out. :-)

Christy said...

so very true!

Noodle said...

Augh poor tijn... I hope you feel better soon... Kimmie I love the picture that you got of him its priceless... When Johnny get the man flu he has to nap and take long hot showers and drink hot chocalte and hot leamon aid... when I'm sick I get to.... wait I HAVE to still take care of the family just like normal I don't get a chance to anything to make me feel better...

Prim2Pink said...

Funny, but oh so true!!!

Unknown Mami said...

So sorry your home has been struck by the dreaded Deadly Man Flu!

Anonymous said...


Hope Tijn feels better soon! *sends sympathy and pain relief*

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

OMG, this is so funny and so very true! Hope you and hubby are feeling better soon!

ps: have you picked out your mario batali recipe yet? I am thinking something easy and quick, but haven't found it yet.

Anita said...

If men had to bare children going into labor pain... the humankind would be in extinction.

Jacque said...

Good MOrning...Thank you for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit. We love having company!

I agree with Anita...just let ONE man have a baby...our species would be extinct. I raised 2 sons and a Husband--every day I know why I have grey hair...LOL

Have a great Valentine's Day! From East TN in USA

Peggy said...

Kim, I am still laughing! I have experienced that on so many occasions! After almost 10 years of being married-he's realized I have a hard time being sympathetic to the Deadly Man Flu. Thanks for that, I haven't laughed that hard in a while!

Mrs4444 said...

I think men act like babies when they're sick because it's the only time they have an excuse to express their vulnerability. Deep thoughts, huh? heehee

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