Before we had kids, I used to be a really nice nurse when my husband got sick. I’d dote on him, refresh his ginger ale and bring him a cool cloth to calm his fevered brow.
Now, it looks a little more like this:
Husband: (in pathetic whisper) “I feel sick. Think I’ll take a day to rest in bed. Can you bring me some water?”
Me: (snarls) “MUST BE NICE TO HAVE A DAY IN BED. Last time I was sick I still had to get two kids to school and keep a toddler entertained all day while I held back my vomit. Get your own water.” (slams door)
I might be exaggerating a little, but probably not as much as you think.
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I remember having the stomach flu all night and barfing every 10-20 minutes; all the while getting up and breastfeeding a 3-month old every 2 hours. Hubby slept through. No, you are not exaggerating.
Funny, since being in the delivery room with me, my husband is a lot more reluctant to complain of a cold! Smart man! Generally though, the pattern seems to be, if it’s a mild sickness, I’ll hear something about it; if it’s pretty bad, he’s down for the count and sleeping it off. That’s when I’m happy to get him the ginger ale and cool cloth.
well, according to my husband you are not exaggerating at all 🙂 although i must admit when a migraine strikes he’s all about getting the kids up and at’em and letting me get my sleep.
Jen Wilson says
Well, I had a kid long before I met my husband, so it probably hasn’t changed all that much. Though he takes much better care of me when I’m sick then I do of him, but it wasn’t always that way.