29 January 2015

Watch Out, There's Man Flu About!


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So it turns out that Man Flu is a real thing.  According to a recent study in America, it seems that the hormone oestrogen plays an important role in strengthening our immune systems.  Darn it.  

We all know that men don’t possess the level of oestrogen that women do, but this is where they fall down when it comes to their ability to fight cold and flu viruses. Their lack of it actually makes their immune systems weaker, which in turn means they not only contract viruses more easily than the fairer sex, but feel the effects more seriously.  

I am so glad I am not married anymore.  Because aside from finding toe nail clippings on the sitting room floor, nursing a man who is justified in feeling sorry for himself and could quote this kind of thing at me might make me divorce him anyhow.  

Unfortunately, he would be backed up by the (informal) Twitter study of #ManFlu on the link, which, instead of it being limited to the wusses down south as I expected it to be (speaking as someone who lives right down there) it's being claimed as a genuine illness all over the country!

I asked some friends of mine what drove or drives them mad about their partners aside from nursing him when he's far more ill than we'd ever be:-

The lovely Becky from Lakes Single Mum relishes the joy of no-one snoring next to her in bed, my gorgeous friend Sarah despairs from having her husband leave wet towels on the bathroom floor and the beautiful Actually Helen, who is also still married says she wouldn't need to see her osteopath so often if she weren't constantly picking up socks and pants from the floor!

The very generous Joy seems to be fighting a neverending losing battle with the toothpaste tube and dreams of waking up every morning knowing that it has only been squeezed from its end, plus the marvellous Mari, who's living proof of hope triumphing over experience as she's on her second time round, sometimes thinks she might prefer not to have to pass every idea she has by someone else and lusts to live happily ever after 'in her land of make believe!'

As tempting as it is to pick up on that last statement and link it to men and Man Flu I shall resist, seeing as it's now a solid and proven thing as it can get, but I really can't restrain myself from mentioning that, due to their lesser levels of oestrogen, they never go through a full blown labour, do they? ;)

This clip here of Michael McIntyre relaying a conversation with his wife about why his washing is next to the laundry bin and his dirty plates are next to the dishwasher is something we can all identify with and should be shown to any remaining husbands sharpish - well those who aren't dying from #ManFlu.  It is absolutely terrific.




Disclosure - this is a commissioned post but all words are my own obvs.

35 comments:

  1. Great post. Men - can't live with them, can;t live without them (like not literally in your house I mean we'd become extinct - although I am sure even that's changing lol)

    Thanks for mentioning my toothpaste :)

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    1. Thank you and IKWYM (an acronym I undoubtedly learned from you!) and thank you for your contribution :) x

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  2. I do have a trainee man at home in the shape of my son, trying to train him to put dirty clothes in laundry (and failing!)

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    1. That's good to hear and same here :)

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    2. And thank you, too, for your contribution :)

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  3. Oh Anya you've just made my day by posting a video of the magnificent Michael. I needed that laugh. It's always cathartic to know we're not alone ;)

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    1. You're welcome. It unfailingly makes me laugh! :)

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  4. So funny but true! Thank you for sharing this fab post Anya... it's always good to laugh about our differences, but it's the little things that drive a woman completely insane in any relationship - especially when the same minor irritation has been endured for years. Loved the Michael McIntyre clip x

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    1. My pleasure Izzie - I completely agree! X

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  5. Hilarious Anja and oh so true! I cannot believe that our men now have a legitimate excuse for this ridiculous behaviour....grrrr!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it and perhaps we need to be a little more sympathetic.... ? ;) ! X

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  6. How annoying that they have a reason to suffer more than we do! Having said that, Mr R is not normal when it comes to getting sick. I think in the 20 years we have been together, he has had 2 days off sick. Maybe he's an alien... x

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  7. I have to agree with Joy about the toothpaste, why oh why can't he just squeeze from the bottom??

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  8. This is such a brilliant post. I find reading your blog so effortless and enjoyable :) I am a little concerned now though as after being a single mum for 8 years I move in with my boyfriend in 4 weeks. I'm already thinking of drawing up a contract of some description! I can't believe I'll be picking up pants of the floor again and wet towels off the bed....x

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    1. Oh goodness me - good luck to you and let's hope that's as bad as it gets!

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  9. ha this made me giggle, for me it would be how he comes in after work and wipes the kitchen sides down. small thing but always makes me think he is questioning my cleanliness in the kitchen!

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    1. Ooh that is really irritating but I guess it's better than immediately leaving breadcrumbs all over them x

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  10. Love Michael McIntyre, he's brilliant! This made me laugh a lot, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a manflu free season! xx

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    1. Yes, he's lovely - it would seem! Good luck :) xx

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  11. I love Michael McIntyre and that clip is so funny. A real uplifting post, thank you x

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    1. You're welcome and thank you for contributing to it :) x

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  12. Ha ha ha - I'm not telling Papasaurus that it's a real thing though - don't want to fuel the flu fire!!!

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  13. I needed to watch that video this morning! I'm sooooo with his wife - WHY, WHY, WHY?!!! I've got a son too - I'm DOOOOOOMED!

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    1. So pleased the timing helped. Your son is ace and best of British! X

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  14. So funny Anya - my husband has decided to train for a half marathon and is currently whinging about his many aches and pains!!!

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  15. Fabulous blog post and I have come back to watch that video because the last time I tried to watch it YOU disturbed me ;-)
    Liska xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  16. This is so true! My husband takes Nurofen as it they were sweets. Oh, and he never really understood that the dirty laundry needs to go in the laundry bag, not on top of it. That's just the way it is, right?

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    1. I remember being married - they're a breed of their own!

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  17. Younger Dad falls foul of many things - he leaves dirty plates next to the dishwasher (why can't he just out them in!), he never makes the bed and leaves his clothes lying around. Honestly, men stay in this permanent state of teenager! X

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    1. It would drive me bonkers, but I know Younger Dad has his good points too :) XX

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