As ever, images of maleness are contradictory. No matter what one does as a fella, one is doing it wrong according to somebody. So one stereotype about men and illness is that guys always try to tough it out and never seek treatment until a limb falls off or an organ gets coughed up. The other stereotype is that men turn into infants when sick, unable to cope with anything or meet their own needs, and demanding round-the-clock care from whomever is handy.
Wondering whether I’m supposed to be toughing everything out or malingering helplessly has been so confusing for me that I’ve fallen ill, and the medication I took is evidently not the non-drowsy kind. So instead of the long, complicated, issue-heavy post I had planned for today, you all get this instead. More useful posts to come when my brain is either working or at least less full of phlegm. Discuss men and health issues if you want. I’m gonna lie right here some more.