How long do you baby them when they are

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Registered: 05-26-2004
How long do you baby them when they are
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Mon, 01-19-2004 - 8:53pm
sick?

My girls will take being sick and run with it if I let them. My oldest dd can turn a headache into a three-day deathbed scene. You should see her if she throws up. She screams, cries and throws up at the same time while she is begging for help.

I try my best to be sympathetic, but come on, enough is enough. When they first get sick I immediately take their temperature, give them the appropriate medicine, get them comfortable. But if they have no fever, no cough and have stopped throwing up after a lengthy pause, when do you start pushing them to be normal?

My oldest son on the other hand never tells me when he feels bad until he drops. Then, at the first chance he is back on his feet same as normal. My youngest boy is the same way. He has been really sick before and never complained, whined or cried. He had a horrible case of pneumonia last year and was so tough about it.

My youngest daughter complains that she is ALWAYS sick. Every day she has a stomach ache or headache or sore throat or "broken" arms, legs, elbows, knees. I can't tell if she is really sick until she throws up or runs a fever. I have asked my pediatrician about it and she says they are all normal. I wonder if Bekah (6) is ALWAYS sick because she needs more attention? She is my third born.

Anybody else have girls like this? Is it a girl thing? I thought that only grown men behaved this way. LOL!

Konnie

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Registered: 09-10-2003
Tue, 01-20-2004 - 8:28am

ROFL! The only two people in my family that behave this way are my DH and teen age son. It drives me crazy. I try to ignore them as much as I can. DH never just gets a "cold", to hear him tell it he as Encephalitis or some other deadly thing that would kill a "normal" human. Let either of them get some sort of twist or bruise and it's for sure broken, may need surgery, etc. I can't offer any advice, but I do know how absurd it can get.


I'm trying not to laugh to hard.....

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Tue, 01-20-2004 - 9:18am
I too thought that was a guy thing. :-) Actually my DD doesn't get sick that often and when she does, I know it because she is completely unlike herself. She will actually fall asleep in the middle of the day which she hasn't done since she was 2.5. LOL But she is really good about it. Last winter she got some kind of stomach bug and I lost track after she threw up the 15th time. But she just throws up, lays back down, no big deal to her. My ex and I are always amazed by her calmness when she is sick. So when she is really sick, I baby her lots.

She does sometimes complain about headaches or stomachaches, but I know they are more attention getting than real, so I just give her a little pat and a "you'll be fine" with a hug and then go about normal business. I find she soon gets caught up in doing something and is "cured". :-)

Sounds like you have a couple of drama queens on your hands. I have no idea how to deal with those. :-) I guess just not playing along with them and reamining cool. Good luck.

Tam

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Tue, 01-20-2004 - 2:12pm
Tam, funny that you should call them drama queens. They both have a real flair for the dramatic. Their gymnastic coaches call it the "Marilyn" factor--after the actress Marilyn Monroe. LOL

Konnie

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Registered: 07-30-2003
Tue, 01-20-2004 - 2:17pm
Hi, I'm new here. Been a lurker for a while though. I have a DD of 9 and there is ALWAYS something wrong. Last night she came to me and told me there was something wrong with her knees.....she said they didn't look right. I have an 18 yo DS and he was nothing like my DD. Your daughters sound just like mine. She even has a shirt that says "Drama Queen". When she is sick though I make her stay in bed. But, I do have to take her temp every morning because she swears she's sick....drives me nuts...

Lisa

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Registered: 09-10-2003
Tue, 01-20-2004 - 2:53pm

LOL! Hi Lisa and welcome to the board. We are so glad you came out of lurkdom to post. We look forward to getting to know you and your "drama queen" better.


;)

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Registered: 05-26-2004
Tue, 01-20-2004 - 8:02pm
Good idea about making them stay in bed. That may stop my youngest from complaining. My oldest however would love to be a slug-a-bed and do nothing for a whole day.

I am hoping maybe the acting experience my daughters are getting will one day lead to an Oscar? LOL

Konnie

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Registered: 07-30-2003
Wed, 01-21-2004 - 4:17pm
Thanks everyone for the welcome. I'm also hoping the my little "drama queen" will get an academy award someday. She was born on Sopia Loren's b-day so you never know :)! But when I have to stay home from work and she's sick....it's in the bed all day. She stopped faking after a day in the bed. Yesterday I took her temp left the room and came back and the digital thermo. said 102.5! No way! She took the thermo. and placed it on the lightbulb of her lamp. One time she took a hair brush with bristles to her forehead to make it red....only to have it scab up on her. LOL! My crazy lil drama queen....I wouldn't trade her for anything though! :)

Lisa