I am dating myself here, but back when I was a kid there was a song from the musical “My Fair Lady” that I used to hear on the radio stations my parents played when we were in the car. The song was called, “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?”
Now that’s not a song you hear much anymore, if at all. And certainly not a question that’s going to make you very popular. Assuming it even makes any sense these days.
However, it reminds me of a question I often hear from women as well as from healthcare professionals. It goes something like: “Why can’t men take as much personal responsibility for their health care as women do?”
Women talk to me about how they have to push their husbands to go to the doctor, to tell them what they learned when they do go, and how they have to push and prod their husbands to follow their diets and stay compliant with their self-care. And they complain about how much work it is for them to keep pushing. I hear that here on Diabetic Connect as well.
This might include trying to manage his food intake, making doctor’s appointments, and searching out healthcare information. Exhausting
And I have had similar conversations with healthcare professionals.
Now let me just say that I talk to a lot of men who are taking full responsibility for their healthcare. If not giving their partners a push in the right direction. So I don’t mean to paint all men with the same broad brush.
I am interested to know what your experiences have been.
Women, have you had to do a little more of the work than you would like to do in encouraging your husband to take care of his health? What’s that like for you?
Or is he good about taking responsibility, if not even watching out for you?
And men, do you leave the heavy lifting to your wife? Or do you feel like you are taking pretty good care of yourself? And giving your wife encouragement as well?
And for men and women: Any tips to share on how to help your partner take more responsibility for his/her healthcare? Anything that’s worked for you?
Really looking forward to hearing what you have to say on this one!
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