Man-Flu is real. It's when a man takes advantage of an opportunity(cold or flu) to let down all those stereotypical attitudes and demeaners and allows himself to rest for a while, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Otherwise, we work through depression, PTSD, anxiety, stress and pain all of the time. When we complain, we're told to man-up. So, we don't complain anymore. When a strong cold or flu hits, it's our opportunity to just forget about making enough money to pay the mortgage, being the strong man with no emotions, worrying about the kids college fund, and whether we are doing enough to provide for our family. And you are right. Give us a little empathy, sympathy, and TLC and we'll get right back up and charge out the gate for more.