It’s 9:30 in the morning and I’m at my desk, typing away, when my co-worker quickly gets up from her desk and sprints into the kitchen.
The kitchen is only down the hall, so I can hear what she’s doing in there. She’s coughing. But she’s running the water over her cough, so you can’t hear her spluttering away, probably all over the kitchen countertops.
She returns to her desk with a glass of water, evidently planning to use it as her alibi. I eye her off suspiciously.
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“How is that cold of yours doing?” I ask her. “You only had one day off last week, didn’t you?”
“Oh, it was nothing,” she tells me, sipping her water and clearing her throat. She sounds cold-y. Very cold-y. “My daughter had it for a few days and I just got the tail end of it… I feel perfect now! Even if I don’t sound so perfect!”
Yeah. And I’m freakin’ Beyonce.
Less than five minutes later, she’s off coughing again – this time, in the hallway, so our boss definitely won’t hear her and send her home.
Welcome to the world of Woman Flu. Yeah, according to Urban Dictionary (the be-all and end-all for information of any relevance), it’s a real thing. And it’s the exact opposite of man flu.
Instead of lying around and bitching and moaning about every symptom from a stuffy nose to a sore throat, you won’t hear a peep out of a woman with woman flu. That’s because the worst thing about woman flu is that women just pretend it’s not happening to them. They ignore all symptoms and carry on with their lives as though there are no giant snot bits threatening to burst out of their nose with every breath or laugh.
At Mamamia, we have an enormous Woman Flu problem. So much so that we’ve coined a term for it. Instead of people pulling sickies? They pull ‘wellies’. They hide their coughs and their sneezes and their fevers, and they waltz on into the office, probably even clutching baked goods as a distraction mechanism.