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Sick and Tired: How Does Your Spouse Cope?

Don’t worry, everyone feels this way at some point or another. This quiz will help you figure out just how to react when your partner comes down with the sniffles, snuffles, and grumps.


1.  When the phone/doorbell rings, you:


a) See who it is, of course.

b) Cringe at the thought of yet another errand to run: you don’t want to leave your spouse in his/her time of need!

c) Pray that the snoring from the other room doesn’t stop.


2.  When your partner is sick he/she reminds you of:

a) I don’t know, Elmer Fudd, probably.

b) Sheldon Cooper.

c) A grizzly bear.


3.  Chicken noodle soup is:

a) Ooh–that sounds pretty good right now.

b) Please never make me cook that again!

c) I don’t know; I only ever see the empty bowl.


4. Your first aid kit consists of:

a) Umm… I think we’ve got some band-aids stored away somewhere…

b) You know, the usual. Some Ibuprofen, Tylenol, band-aids…

c) I’m a veritable pharmacy.


5.  When your partner is sick, you:

a) Um, take him/her to the doctor?

b) Grab a box of Kleenex and hit the open road. He/she might feel better after a weekend getaway.

c) Flee for your life! The bear has awoken! I’ll come back when it’s done hibernating.


5.  When your partner is sick, he/she most wants to:

a) Take some Tylenol and get on with their day.

b) Snuggle up with his/her favorite movie.
c) Draw the curtains, shut the door, pull the covers over his/her head. It was nice knowing them.

If you chose mostly A’s:

Honey, I’m pretty sure you don’t know what being sick is (and neither does your partner). You’re lucky. Just keep hiding in your little plastic bubble.

If you chose mostly B’s:

Your partner is the “cuddle me until I’m better” kind. They want you to take care of them, cook for them, fetch and carry. They probably only get sick every once in a while, so this is your chance to show them a little TLC. Come the day you’re feeling under the weather, they’ll be there for you too.

If you chose mostly C’s:
You have a partner who is the “tough it out in silence” type. Keep a decent stock of medicine, tuck them into bed, and leave them there until they are better. They don’t like feeling dependent upon you, and they don’t want you to see them at their weakest. Let them know they’re loved, then step back and allow them to cope and recuperate.

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