I was lying in bed, wide awake, listening to the hacking sounds of my husband. I had several thoughts cross my mind -
It's been well over a week and this cough isn't getting any better. I know he's a stubborn butthead and thinks his immune system will work this one out, but it's taking too long. It's 5am and I want to go back to sleep. Should I say something? He's due for a physical anyway. It's really important I word what I say in just the * right * way. Saying "GO TO THE DOCTOR ALREADY!" might come off as harsh. Hmm...
I mulled over my exact words for at least 15 minutes (remember, it's 5am. I'm not too bright this early in the morning).
I lean over and gently rub his back. Then I say, "Babe, I love you..."
"...but your coughing is annoying. Please go to the doctor."
Eh? Pretty good, huh?
Moral of the story: If you say something nice, throwing a "but" in the sentence negates the niceness. Or so I'm told.
This led to him feeling guilty for being sick and acting snarky and slightly defensive this morning. Hmm...wonder why.
Though, he did agree to go to the doctor...just to shut me up.