Being Home Sick
When my husband and I were engaged, our church required that we go through pre-marital counseling. The priest asked us questions about finances and children, to make sure that we were on the same page.
He should have asked us about how we handle being sick – cause it’s completely different and it’s led to some epic disagreements.
When I was little and got sick, my mom would make me soup and a glass of Sprite or ginger ale, take my temperature, bring me tissues, wrap me up in a quilt, and put me on the couch to watch “The Price Is Right.”
My husband was evidently raised by wolves because he doesn’t do any of that. And he doesn’t want it done for him. He wants to be left completely alone to wallow in his sickness.
The first time he got sick, I got out the tissues, the soup, and the Tylenol and started to take care of him. He was nasty! “Just leave me alone!” So I did. Hours later, he sadly asked if he could have some juice.
I’ve learned to bring the medicine, bring the soup and get out.
At first, I thought it was because my mom was a stay-at-home mom until I was 12, but so was his.
Maybe it’s a macho thing? Nope. Our three boys were rarely sick, even earning perfect attendance several years. So when they actually complained about feeling sick, they got the full treatment – tissues, soup, Sprite, and “The Price Is Right!” And they don’t seem to mind at all.
Then I figured out that my husband was the fifth of six kids, while I was the youngest of two. Maybe by the time, my husband arrived his mom was pretty much over the nursing thing – or maybe it wasn’t ever her thing?
I have come to the conclusion that our need for nursing goes back to our childhoods. However, we handled it then is how it’s supposed to be now.
Whenever I feel bad, just bring on “The Price Is Right!”
By Amanda Rogers for Surepoint Medical Centers
Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas
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