Post # 1
Because mine acts helpless, but in a cute way. Last night SO wasn’t feeling good so I picked him up some chicken noodle soup and oranges. After he ate, he just laid in my arms (while coughing on me of course) and said ” you’re making me feel so much better”, “I don’t want you leave, we have to do something about this” (we don’t live together). He just seemed so grateful that I was there for him and I was glad I was able to help. If I wasn’t on the SIU pact I would have asked him to elaborate on what he meant by “we have to do something about this” but in the back of my mind I have a feeling I know what he meant but I stayed strong and kept quiet…
Post # 4
pshhh mine acts like a big freakin baby! consider yourself lucky
Post # 5
Mine acts like a sick helpless child. He gets very affectionate and pitiful.
Post # 6
Like a freaking baby and like he’s the first man in the world to get sick ever. I have to buy him soup, gingerale, medicine and tissues and then I have to make sure he gets lots of cuddles.
It’s cute.. for like a day.
Post # 7
@MrsWe: My SO gets super grumpy and wants to be left alone, some of the time, and the rest of the time he is just blah and wants to be taken care of. He almost always insists on going to work even if he’s pretty sick (he works with his father and brother, who live nearby and who we see frequently, so there’s no going-to-work-and-making-everyone-sick problem there). When I try to convince him to stay home and rest, he still insists on going– he seems to get especially hard-headed about going to work when he’s sick. Of course, he usually ends up miserable all day. . . but he still goes. Silly man! 😉
Post # 8
He sleeps a lot. He doesn’t necessarily act helpless, but he doesn’t do anything for himself. He won’t ask me to do it, either.
I have a very intense maternal drive when somebody (Animal or human) is sick and I tend to them hand and foot. He never asks me to do anything because I do it for him without asking. I usually tuck him in on the couch, bring him his dinner when it’s time and keep his water glass filled and his medicine down him. Other than that, he just happily sleeps it off.
Post # 9
Hegets super affectionate and needsreassurance about how much I love him. Then he just wants to be left alone. Which is tough for me because I have a strong need to take care of him.
Post # 10
Bedridden and helpless. The man-cold is a very serious illness in my experience.
Post # 11
Mine acts so helpless that I wonder what he did before I was around, just cry in bed by himself?
I think it’s cute though, he’s way into being the manly man and “in charge” when he’s not sick, so it’s kind of fun for me to baby him when he’s sick.
Post # 12
Mine acts like he has the plague and might not live to see the ‘morrow. Although I sort of suspect that my reactions don’t REALLY help the situation. I always feel like he tries to act as pitiful as possible so I will dote on him and feel sorry for him and mother him to health and that is just…. not really my style. I feel like if you’re sick, that really sucks but to the extent possible you should kind of just suck it up. Like, lay on the couch and be sick and I’ll say “sorry babe this sucks” and get you some soup but then you need to just be sick and not whine about the sickness because I’m not going to “oh poor baby” you and stroke your head– just not. But then I always feel like he gets pathetic and I get annoyed and then he gets more pathetic to try to prove is REALLY SERIOUSLY SICKness and I get MORE annoyed and so on lol.
(And I know it doesn’t sound like it but I do truly love my husband and we have a wonderful relationship but on this particular topic— we have a standoff lol).
Post # 13
Awww 🙂 (OP’s guy).
Mine mostly sleeps. He’s usually not too much of a baby about things, despite the stereotype.
Although, when he gets any kind of cut on his skin…doesn’t matter how shallow…but blood is or may come to the surface, I’ve learned that I must react like a fire crew when the alarm goes off. Bandaid! Stat! Recite standard “washing your cut to prevent infection” procedure out loud to him! Stat! Cross question him on how much it hurts! Stat! And for god’s sake don’t open the bandaid package and hand it to him…what am I, an uncaring monster? Injured man here! I have to be the one to put on the bandaid, even if neither of his hands are prevented from doing so in any way and he is the one that can feel the pressure and make sure not to cause himself any excess pain.
…When I have failed to appreciate the urgency required of a slight cut, he has expressed how neglected and un-cared-about he feels. He is so obviously crestfallen when his cut doesn’t appear to be a big deal.
This is totally out of character for him because he is not a needy guy. I can only suspect that this quirk is because his mother reacted to any cuts and scrapes he received with this fire-alarm procedure. Anyway, since he is the opposite of “needy” 99% of the time, the fact that he “needs” me so much in those moments is kind of adorbs 🙂
Post # 14
Mine is a HUGE baby. Last time he was sick he asked me to spoon feed him. I said “wow did the virus spread to your arms?” He rarely gets sick (and has a very low pain tolerance) so it’s always a “big” deal. Meanwhile I am sick ALL the time from working in a school, but tend to just suck it up. Men!
Post # 16
I was sick last week and the week before. I got (mostly) better, and then he got sick. You’d think it was the end of the world!