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No Cure for Common Cold – Or Whiny Men

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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Posted by Heather Chaet
on February 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM

cold medicineAttention everyone! I've got breaking news! There is no cure for the common cold.  No, really, there is absolutely 100% no cure. Want some more grand news? Nothing really works to get rid of a cold or shorten the duration of it.

You and I may have know this in some realm of out subconscious, but we still head to the Walgreen's to grab something, anything to try to ease our symptoms. The over-the-counter cold and cough meds, echinacea, Vitamin C, tea, garlic, zinc lozenges, well, really none of them do anything. They kinda do diddly-squat. Together, we spend $4.2 billion a year on diddly-squat. 

Even Nana's chicken soup just tastes good -- no real proof it cures the sniffles. Sure, using some of these could make you think you feel better, but really the only thing that helps get over a cold is time. 

You realize what this means, don't you? If there's no cure for the common cold, that means there's no cure for the man cold.

I was holding out hope. Not because of my good-natured spirit. Not like on some beauty pageant where I'm hoping for world peace and a cure to the common cold. My inner Mother Teresa is nowhere to be seen.

I just hate dealing with my sick husband. He sniffles and coughs. He whines. He hacks weird colored icky things into the sink and leaves his tissues everywhere. He whines some more. He takes 5 baths a day to "sweat it out" and some how forgets the ability to do basically do anything except watch Mike & Mike reruns on his laptop. He whines some more  ... and then mopes. 

I don't like to see him sick, but, hel-lo, he just has a friggin' cold.  

Of course, I would have a heart if he was really sick.  But he doesn't. He has some boogies and his head hurts. I say suck it up. When I get a cold, I still manage to get our daughter to school, to remember pack sneakers for soccer class, to buy the gift for the 19th birthday party this month we have to go to on the weekend, to order th groceries, to send his mom flowers for her birthday. 

Why is it that my husband is a such sucky sick person? I blame DNA. I find solace when talking to other women, that I am not alone. That it is somehow part of the male gene, to be wonderful in so many ways, yet the worst patients ever.

Alas, the man cold is here to stay. There is no cure. Sadness.

Is your husband worse than your kids when he has the sniffles?


by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:25 AM

This is so true!!! I'm so glad I'm not the only one. 

by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Lol this is so true. My hubby is the biggest baby when he is sick. He has to be waited on hand and foot when he is sick. I do it willing though because he would do the same for me.

by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM
I know it's cute but the author is really misinformed on the common cold, although a virus there are MANY proven things that can be done to shorten it. Don't write off Grandmas Homemade Chicken soup just yet loaded with both Garlic and Onion both of which have proven anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties they WILL actually shorten your common cold and help you feel better. As for the man cold a hefty dose of Kava-Kava or Valerian may not do anything for their cold it will however knock them out long enough to get some housework done :)
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by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

No, he never's all

by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Oh yes,he is like a little kid when sick.

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