To think that people are actually sick sometimes
slugz · 01/04/2011 22:10
Dd1 has gone to bed complaining that she feels like she's going to be sick. Dh is now huffing that the kids are always ill, and it's my fault for mollycoddling and putting into their heads that they're going to be ill, by (very occasionally) asking if they're ok 'cause they look a bit off colour.
To put this in context dd1 is 9 and has not had a day off of school since she was 4 when she was off for a week with a nasty virus. Dd2 has only ever missed nursery when she had chicken pox and 1 d&v episode and ds averages 1-2 days off a year.
This is more specifically about vomiting though, because dh has never ever, in his entire life vomited. But rather than being thankful for this just acts aghast that the rest of us must have my crap genes because we have vomited occasionally and it must be due to modern living because no-one ever vomited when he was a kid.
Please tell dh that this is quite a normal level of sickness within a family.
BluddyMoFo · 01/04/2011 22:12
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chunkyjojo · 01/04/2011 22:26
His views are quite wierd. Mind you my Dad was always a bit odd about anyone being ill, he basically just denied that there was anything wrong with any of us and off to school you go sort of thing. To this day I feel guilty and nervous when I'm sat in the doctors waiting room, almost like I'm faking it!
slugz · 01/04/2011 22:33
He honestly doesn't, if there's something going around he might get a slightly grumbly belly, but that's it.
He can't remember ever being sick as a child, but his parents died when he was young so it's possible he could have done while very young.
He has been sick, but not due to illness but drink. He was so shocked by this occurance that he actually went to the doctors (aged 18) complaining there must be something very wrong with him because he drank 8 pints of lager and then threw up. I'd love to have seen the docs face. He's never been sick since.
CurlyhairedAssassin · 01/04/2011 23:07
Your other half sounds like an arse hole. My DH has never vomited as long as we've been together (14 years) - I have no idea why he seems to have such a cast iron stomach but he does. Yet he never questions why the kids have this vomiting bug, or that fever-induced vomting problem.
zipzap · 01/04/2011 23:14
When I was little I was only sick once until I was in my mid twenties (ok there were a couple of times at uni but they were booze inflicted so don't count) - others around me would get sick bugs but I was always fine.
then I got some sort of gastric flu and was badly sick (can remember ringing my mum wanting some comforting words down the phone, told her i was sick and all she could say was that I didn't sound like I had a cold as I was forever catching them, it just didn't occur to her that I would be sick sick as I never was)
unfortunately I now get sick bugs as easily as the next person and I still get really nasty coughs and colds too (was hoping that they would go if something inside me had changed to make me susceptible to sickness but alas no)
I do also think that it does seem that d&v bugs are much more prevalent than they were 20-30-40 years ago. and I reckon a chunk of that is down to the fact that there are lots more people crammed into the same spaces than there used to be (bigger schools with more open plan stuff and more crowded classes, open plan offices, bigger supermarkets with more handles on trolleys to pick up bugs from, etc), lower personal responsibility (people happy to go out when they have bugs or very soon after having when they will still be contagious), work pressures to go in even when sick and increased use of anti bacterial handwashes etc and less tolerance of ordinary everyday dirt.
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