Man Flu has taken hold many times in our household.
It’s bad enough with a husband who has asthma and diabetes, and is prone to picking up any bug that’s going around.
But with two sons, no doubt I’ll be privy to it a lot in the future.
So I consider myself something of an expert when it comes to the symptoms, and how Man Flu differentiates itself from your everyday flu bug.
With temperatures plummeting and research revealing Man Flu is sweeping the UK, it’s important to understand it, and to know what to look for.
Here’s what I’ve observed:
Flu: The first sign of it and the sufferer soldiers on, hoping it’s just a sniffle and will go away
Man Flu: The first sign of it and the sufferer has to take to his (sick) bed, protesting that he’s near death
Flu: A couple of hot drinks and some Paracetamol are taken, as the patient continues with daily life
Man Flu: This is immune to all medicines and only a minimum of seven days in bed, making as much fuss as possible, will see it pass. So why bother treating it?
Flu: Any tea and sympathy is gratefully accepted, but the afflicted person initially shrugs it off as “only a cold”
Man Flu: It requires full-on attention from the sufferer’s nearest and dearest – nay, it demands it!
Flu: After a few days of feeling like death warmed up, the patient may take a day to rest and recuperate, feeling guilty about leaving them in the lurch at work
Man Flu: Ask the sufferer to do anything and you’re a heartless wench who doesn’t feel his pain. Why aren’t you serving him soup and mopping his sweaty brow? He can’t possibly lift a finger to do anything while he’s fighting off this bad boy.
Flu: As strength begins to return, it’s straight back to work, popping echinacea and eating lots of fruit for vitamin C
Man Flu: There’s no point in rushing these things, is there? Once he starts feeling better, the demands just get louder and more shrill as the afflicted fella declares he’s still “feeling a tad weak” and better stay between the sheets for a few more days
Flu: A few days after it has passed, it’s completely forgotten
Man Flu: It will always be referred to as “that time I almost died” ….until he’s afflicted with it again!