Imagine for a second that ‘man flu’ hit women as well.
Imagine a legion of mothers contracted the debilitating virus and going down just like one does when one has a bad dose of man flu.
Imagine for a second that a mother acted (okay, bad choice of word there) responded the very same way a dad did when she got the flu?
Just think of the children.
Imagine a mum with 'man flu'. Via IStock.
Now before I am hit with cries of sexism and generalisations, let me tell you that I have first hand experience with caring for someone suffering from man flu.
And it ain’t pretty.
But a new study has found that instead of getting 'man flu' mothers get ‘mum flu’ and it is characterised by five distinct features:
1. An insistence that “I’m fine, really".
2. Surreptitious visits to the chemist. Surely there is something that will get me through.
3. The realisation that even if you do sneak off for a sleep there’s not much point as the minute your head hits the pillow a child will be at your side wanting to know where the remote control/ iPad/ their ballet shoes/ the dog’s dinner is.
4. A relaxation of all the ‘rules’ at home. You want to watch Frozen again? Sure sweetie, lets turn it on. Oh, you want to watch it again. Go for it.
5. A blunt refusal to acknowledge that you feel like death warmed up.
I AM FINE. I CAN DO IT.