He needs a minute
Sparing my voice was no option when I was sick. My husband leaves the volume off on his phone all of the time. He doesn’t like the sound of it ringing, claiming it interrupts his work. Even though he tried to remember to turn the volume on when I was sick, in case I needed something, he still mostly forgot. So I’d have to yell, with weak lungs, across the house when I needed something. And then, to be honest, he took his sweet time to respond. He did not drop what he was doing. He finished what he was doing, and then got around to what I needed. He’s a good man – it just goes back to the multi-tasking thing. If he stops what he’s doing, he loses his concentration, so sometimes the glass of water I wanted just had to wait until he finished drafting a document.