…in this world that is worse than gastro. It is called PMD or Pathetic Male Disease. It only afflicts the men (boys) of the household. What it means is that when they do catch a cold (or in this case gastro) they catch it FAR worse than any woman (girl) ever could (in their humble opinion). Such is the nature of the disease. When it rears its ugly head it gives them liscence to moan and groan loudly, lie in bed, when everyone else has to get up, hover closely to the matriach of the household and look pathetic. In baby boys’ cases, this insideous illness turns ordinarily independent boys into quivering lumps of human flesh who cannot possibly walk anywhere for themselves. They can no longer talk, only point and grunt to the object that they require (This applies to older boys and adult men too). When boys are struck down with this it makes them grizzle loudly and whinge at everything, no matter what the matriach of the house tries. Men who come down with this bug make an overstated point of soldiering on, even though they are obviously dying, so that the women of the house will praise his ability to go on.
While many women believe that this disease is confined to the male population in their home only, it is believed that PMD is a worldwide phenomenon.
Take heart ladies. Most men who are afflicted with PMD turn out to be very good caretakers if the matriarchs ever contract anything!