Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sick Or Not Sick?

The title may lead you to believe that this post will be a little game where I name something and you decide if it is Sick or Not Sick. But no... I am trying to determine what symptoms are necessary for someone to actually be considered "sick."

You see, I am now on my second day with a worsening cold. I have a headache, a stuffy nose, a raw throat, and a general achy feeling. So I have declared myself sick. However, my wife says that I am not sick, I merely "have a cold." The conversation went something like this:

"I'm sick."
"You're not sick."
"I am too."
"You just have a cold."
"That is sick."
"It's just a cold."
"If I were to call in to work, would I call in sick or would I call in cold?"
"Sick is only if you have a fever, diarrhea, or throwing up."
"So if I had cancer, I wouldn't be sick?"

And on and on......

So I did some basic research to find out what it means to be "sick." Here is what I found out...

According to, sick is defined as:

1. afflicted with ill health or disease; ailing.
2. affected with nausea; inclined to vomit.

So, basically, that doesn't help at all. According to that, we're both right. Here is the flaw that I find with her argument, however. If she feels the slightest bit bad (headache, hangnail, a zit) then she is sick and I must take care of her and treat her like a fragile egg. On the flip side, if I were to contract every disease known to man at one time, I should suck it up and quit being a baby.

So even though I don't want to be sick, I will fight for my right to be SICK. I'm not one to complain when I am sick (no matter what my wife says), and I just quietly recover so as not to inconvenience anyone (shutup, baby). So if I am sick, what does it matter to anyone else!

At least in my sickness there was one shining light....NKOTB on VH1 Top 20 this morning! I'm sick, but I'm still a dork!

Have a great weekend!
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