By the time I hauled my butt to the doctor I was pretty sure I had a nasty case of the “man flu.”
You know…like the woman flu, but SO MUCH WORSE!
I’ve been miserable for a number of weeks with what started as a cold…and didn’t let up. I had the sniffles. Then the full on snots! There have been headaches, sore ears and aches and pains galore. And then, I was so stuffed up that my face was actually swollen and just the glasses resting on my nose was uncomfortable not to mention, I actually got dizzy if I blew too hard!
I’ve been through FOUR boxes of tissues since the holidays and even had a visit with an Osteopath in hopes of trying to clear things up…and while it helped a little…NOTHING was putting an end to the misery.
All the while I’ve been working, visiting with clients, lunching, networking, attending my daughter’s volleyball tournament, cleaning, cooking…I was popping pills to squash the headaches and taking cold meds at night in order to keep me working and continuing all of my mom-jobs when it finally hit me.
It MUST be the dreaded “Man flu!”
Except that I’d had my flu shot. And well, I’m not a man!
So, confused and a wee bit frustrated, I headed to the doctor and in no time, walked out of his office with not one but TWO prescriptions and a serious recommendation for a few days of rest.
Turns out I’ve got a sinus infection to end all sinus infections and while I’m not one to ignore orders, I grabbed my coziest blanket and my noble beast…poured myself a cup of tea, turned on the TV, put aside my work…and rested.
But what is this MAN FLU people speak of…and really, is it so much worse than the one women get? Are men just whiners, or does the flu actually hit them worse?
“Man flu” is widely seen as a myth but researchers have found evidence that might explain why the men/boys in our lives always seem to have a harder time when flu season rolls around.
Apparently the male mantra of “living fast and dying young” means they fail to build up their immune system like women. Men tend to be more vulnerable to getting infected or less able to clear infection.
In fact, across a range of animal species, males tend to be the “weaker sex” in relation to immune defenses, usually because of hormonal differences. This has been supported by more recent studies, which suggest estrogen has anti-viral qualities that provide women with greater protection against influenza.
Regardless of whether you buy the “man flu” as a legitimate excuse, the safest thing to do is get your flu shot. In the battle of the sexes, vaccinations don’t pick sides.
So, here’s to getting the flu shot this year, to my estrogen filled body that has the power to fight a little longer, to antibiotics and steroids that help when it turns out I have a bit more than a cold…to boxes of tissues, cozy blankets, my noble beast…and a few days of much-needed rest!
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