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Relationship Protocol: Is Your Significant Other a Good Caregiver?

With Winter comes cold and flu season — blah! Though some of you like to be alone when you're sick, many of you like to be taken care of, cuddled, and kept company.

When you're in a relationship though (especially when you're living together), it's your significant other that adopts the role your mom used to play — bringing you chicken soup and making sure you have everything you need — but not all men are well equipped in that department. So when you're sick, tell me, is your man a good caregiver?


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countrygal29 countrygal29 8 years
Yes my husband is wonderful to me sick or not.When I was pregnant with our daughter, I had 24 hour sickness for the whole 9 months literly and he was by my side the whole time even right thru her birth and all and he stayed every night in the hospital with me and her for the whole 2 weeks and been right by my side ever since.3 years later.He is totally my true night and shinning armor.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
My bf is great he is always taking care of me. Over the summer I went off the pill and after 3 months of not having my period I finally got it. I was in so much pain being it was my first real period in almost 5 years that I was just curled up in bed. He texted me and asked how I was doing and if I needed anything. I jokingly said I needed painkillers and a diet coke. Next thing I know he's at my house with a three Tylenol #3's, chicken fingers w/ honey mustard sauce and a diet coke. He's the best. :)
soapybub soapybub 8 years
My ex- boyfriend was HORRIBLE at taking care of me. He'd just do things with other friends until I was better. When I told him that he wasn't the "soup-in-bed" kind of boyfriend jokingly one day, he got really offended and guilty feeling, but never actually remedied his actions. haha, I guess he's an ex for a reason.
keiraz keiraz 8 years
he actually ALWAYS seems to care! when I'd feel too hot and try to take off my scarve, he's like ure gonna catch a cold like this..etc.. and because he's also a pharmacist, very concerned with his interest usually loves to "cure" others even pyscologically lol
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
thanks for all the laughs ladies! I think my husband WOULD be OK if he any any clue what to do. But he doesn't. He doesn't even know what to ask about. If I give him specific directions he will absolutely do it, but when I'm sick I want someone else making the decisions.... We're trying to get pregnant so it should be super interesting when it comes to morning sickness. Unfortunately I think I already am a little whiny (I'm cold, I'm hungary, I'm nauseous" etc) so he may not notice or has become deaf from my calling "wolf"
Marci Marci 8 years
My fiance is a great caregiver. He's like that for the most part anyway, but when I'm sick he's just amazing. I've had a horrible headcold for 3 weeks now, and once he got over it himself, he's been taking care of everything.
myystque myystque 8 years
I don't really know because I don't get sick very often. My boyfriend is usually the sick one. Good point, elizabean.
talanted08 talanted08 8 years
I love my boyfriend more than word's can say b/c I don't have to take care of nothing and when I say nothing I mean nothing! Sick or not, I get the royal treatment! That's why he's always going to be my #1 besides the man up above!
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 8 years
my boyfriend is the best for this...he does everything for me when I'm sick...and sometimes even when I'm not :)
Jeny Jeny 8 years
The guy i'm seeing was a teacher and is now an Charge-RN at a hospital caring for kids with cancer.. so he definitely has a big heart and I absolutely adore him for that.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
He sucks at it. Though, I have only been sick once since being together. Anyway, I could be bleeding from the eyes and ears and he number 1) wouldn't even notice me, and #2, he probably wouldn't care, anyway. I have a catch, lemme tell ya ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
He's awesome :) Lots of cuddles, pampering, movies in bed, and soup runs.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Yes, my boyfriend is so good at taking care of me when I need it. He'll make me anything, get me anything, snuggle with me, whatever I need! I don't even have to ask, he's just on top of it.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
Hubby is not so good. He does give me meds and he would pick stuff up for me if I asked. But he will not come within a 2' radius of me. It gets annoying after awhile.
havok636 havok636 8 years
how oddly appropriate, i got my wisdom teeth out yesterday and he's been by my side the entire time; including when i actually got them out! he's pretty amazing. he even helped me change my bloody gauze. that's true love.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I am normally content being fabulously single, but I am sick now, and can't help but wish someone would make me a hot toddy.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Yes, my bf is extremely caring and kind when I am under the weather.
elizabean elizabean 8 years
Why do you assume my significant other is a man? Not cool, DearSugar, not cool.
psterling psterling 8 years
My hubby is a fantastic caregiver. He's super nurturing. He's the one who also takes care of our cats on a daily basis and even though our dog was supposed to be my responsibility he shoulders some of that too. He'll be a great dad some day!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
He is great the first day but that is it.
ffemt1201 ffemt1201 8 years
I'm about 8 weeks pregnant and am experiencing the WORST morning (...afternoon and night, too!) sickness. I know my fiance means well but...let's just say this isn't the most comfortable time for me :(
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Hubby is a great caretaker and tends to me whenever I whine while sick. I, on the other hand, suck at it. :(
ikimashokie ikimashokie 8 years
When I am actually down and out enough to need it, my boyfriend is awesome. Though sometimes I refuse to stay down, and he will make sure that I am not getting myself into any more trouble. We have our particular rules, clean your own hurl, I don't make him soup because soup is creepy, but other than that, I don't think I could ask for more.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
he's pretty good...i haven't been super sick though so i dunno but when i was just a little sick he took care of me he doesn't have lots of tolerance for my hangovers though
pioneers pioneers 8 years
lickety split--I know exactly what you mean. My boyfriend is a pretty decent caregiver and helps me out a lot when I'm sick, but he's the worst patient. This one time, he had a stomach ache and was whimpering loudly for hours as he googled, "liver failure" and "appendicitis." It ended up being heartburn or something.
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