Published on November 23rd, 2013 | by Mannie Ramos0
“Too Tough to be Sick?”
How many of you are familiar with the saying “play through the pain”? I know that this saying resonates with me personally. I have always been one to shy away from the doctors. Even when I’m sick, I refuse to see a doctor; I will just power through until it passes. This way of thinking is very dangerous and cave-man like. I know a lot of men can agree with me in thinking that sometimes, we are just too tough to be healthy.
Earlier this month, I was battling a stomach virus, congestion, and serious headaches, but instead of going to the doctor’s, I “played through the pain.” This was probably the one of the worse decisions I have ever made in my life. I started the first day of my new semester telling myself that if I could make through the day, I would be fine. My body did not agree with my mind’s way of thinking and paid for the next three days. I even remember telling a friend that I like to sweat out sickness. In hindsight, that sounded so idiotic on my part.
Why am I telling this story? As men we are supposed to be tough. The biggest problem with being tough is that it doesn’t help you stay healthy. I can honestly replace the word “tough” with a different word that is normally associated with men-“stubborn.” We as men can’t have an attitude of thinking that we are strong enough to beat sickness. I also know myself; I am a little bit fearful of the doctor’s office. I honestly don’t want to hear the doctor’s diagnosis… but that’s a bad way of thinking. Personally, that next time I am feeling truly sick, I will “man up” and see a doctor. To tell the truth, I am probably the biggest cry baby when I am sick anyway.