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When I was a kid, I had a tendency to be… melodramatic.  You know, every injury was life-threatening, every cold was the Ebola virus. So when I ran to my mom, screaming that I had broken my ankle, understandingly, she had her doubts.  She told me to wait on the bed while she went to the bathroom, and when she returned, she drew on her nursing skills to careful inspect my foot, rubbing it gently.  “Oh my God, Caitlin,” she breathed. “Look how PURPLE your ankle is! It must hurt so much!”


“It kills, it kills!” I moaned back, tears streaming down my face.  Then, I caught a glimpse of the dark bruise on my foot and screeched. “See! I wasn’t exaggerating! Take me to the hoooooospital.”


My mom began to laugh.  Hysterically.  “Your ankle is FINE!” she said, showing her her own fingers, which were purple, too.  I was completely confused until I realized that she had rubbed purple eye shadow all over her fingers and then rubbed my foot, tricking me into realizing the extent of my melodrama.  I was so embarrassed that I never exaggerated a cold or injury again.  And that, my friends, is awesome parenting.


But today… I am soooo sick.  Really, mom.  I swear!


Lots of coughing, sneezing, and complaining going on over here.


Hopefully oatmeal is the cure!


But if not, I’m thinking the orange juice and dark chocolate will surely help.


I hope your day is healthier than mine!



  • kathleen @ the daily crumb January 26, 2012, 10:59 am

    haha i love this! i am SO melodramatic when it comes to pain. literally i stub my toe and you would think i had cracked my femur. my family jokes that will never make it through child birth!

  • Rachael @ Happy Healthy Runner January 26, 2012, 11:00 am

    bahahaha that is AWESOME. sounds like your well-equipped with parenting tricks for when your little one comes!

  • Nena January 26, 2012, 11:00 am

    LOL love the story. Hope you feel better!

  • Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets January 26, 2012, 11:01 am

    haha that is a great story! I hope that you feel better soon. Being sick is no fun!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 26, 2012, 11:02 am

    Aww sorry to hear that Caitlin!! Last time I was sick I called my mum and bawled my eyes out. Not like she could do anything about it – she was 3 hours away at the time… but there’s just something about crying to mums that is comforting!! I hope you feel better soon. 🙂

  • Kris @ tryingtotri January 26, 2012, 11:06 am

    Funny story, your mom handled that so well!

    Feel better soon – there’s not much worse than getting sick while you’re pregnant, there is nothing you can really do except wait to feel better. 🙁

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove January 26, 2012, 11:06 am

    Haha! Reminds me of my youngest sister. One time she walked downstairs in the morning and announced she had broken her hip in her sleep, so could someone please take her to the hospital ASAP (she was a teenager).

  • HTPDad January 26, 2012, 11:11 am

    haha – I would say “you walked here – broken, huh?” and check it out –
    ,y real drama queen memory is when you would drag a footstool in fronrt of the tv and go “ok, watch me” and do a song or dance – alright, you were 2…

    • Jen January 27, 2012, 2:22 am

      Hahahaha! Please share more of your funny memories with us! 🙂

  • Ashley @ Cooking for John January 26, 2012, 11:11 am

    Blegh- I’ve got a cold too. Not bad enough that I had to call in sick, but still not feeling great.

    Your mom is awesome- what a great idea! 🙂

  • Kristin January 26, 2012, 11:12 am

    I am so sorry you are sick! I’ve been sick twice since I’ve been pregnant once with a stomach bug and once with a cold and I am SURE you are not being melodramatic! I can usually handle being sick pretty well but it was a whole different ball game when I was pregnant! I felt so much worse and it seemed to last so much longer! Hope you feel better soon!

  • Alleigh January 26, 2012, 11:13 am

    That story is awesome! Feel better 🙂

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction January 26, 2012, 11:13 am

    Get well soon!!!! I was also a pretty dramatic child…some would argue that I still am…I beg to differ 😉

  • Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner January 26, 2012, 11:18 am

    Haha! I was always convinced I was dying. In 3rd grade we learned about heart attacks, and in the middle of the night a few nights later, I went into my parent’s bedroom to to let my mom know I was having one. I can’t remember what led me to believe that, but I really thought I was having one! My mom told me to get in bed with her and go to sleep and we’d see how it was in the morning. Haha!

  • Jane H. January 26, 2012, 11:19 am

    Haha, glad to see that someone else uses the toilet paper roll as tissues (totally portable!) Hope you feel better soon 🙂

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed January 26, 2012, 11:26 am

    I tried to avoid the doctor like the mother trucking plague as a kid. I broke a lot of bones. I was a klutz.

  • Kristie January 26, 2012, 11:27 am

    I love that story :). I was the oldest of 5, and my mom has me on video at about 5 years old (probably oldest of 3 at that point) running in front of my sister at a hotel swimming pool yelling “what about Kristie?!?!”. She loooooves breaking that out for shaming me ;)!

  • Katie January 26, 2012, 11:33 am

    Try mixing 2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 tbsp lemon juice or half lemon wedge, 10 oz water & some sweetener! I find this to be the cure all for every health related issue!

  • Katie January 26, 2012, 11:37 am

    That story is so cute. I’m sorry you’re so sick though – feel better!

  • Sara January 26, 2012, 11:39 am

    That is such a great trick your mom did! I was also like that as a kid (and kind of am now too…)

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture January 26, 2012, 11:42 am

    Bahaha thats hilarious story!! HTP mum dealt well! 😉 Hope you feel better soon… man flu really is a b£$%h! Haha! ;P That oatmeal looks like comfort in a bowl though! Should definitely do the trick!

  • Ericka January 26, 2012, 11:44 am

    That totally reminds me of what I pulled in kindergarten. I was mad that this kid was kicking little pebbles at me on the playground, and even though he wasn’t hurting me at all, I wanted him to get in trouble for it. So when we came inside, I made this big production of rubbing my eye, claiming he kicked a pebble into it. I rubbed it for so long that it finally did really turn red and I got sent down to the nurse’s office. But then they made me sit there through the next recess to make sure I was okay, which was not cool. It killed me that I had to miss recess over my self-created “injury”! That was end of fake illness or injury claims for me.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 26, 2012, 11:53 am

    Haha chocolate can fix anything! And I love that story about your mom, she’s pretty clever!

  • Kath January 26, 2012, 11:55 am

    hahaha love that story

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 26, 2012, 11:55 am

    Haha! That is awesome. I’ve gotten more and more melodramatic about illness as I’ve gotten older. I think the worst even with a small cold. Omg, my throat hurts? It must be throat cancer. Obviously.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 26, 2012, 11:56 am

    I hope you feel better!!

  • Hillary January 26, 2012, 11:58 am

    I was the same way until I got older and people who cried wolf all the time became my biggest pet peeve ever. Once I realized that I was my own pet peeve, I did a quick turn around!

  • Jen @ Whittle My Middle January 26, 2012, 12:02 pm

    I’m totally keeping that trick in my back pocket if I ever have kids! That’s brilliant. Sorry to hear you aren’t feeling great.

  • Laura January 26, 2012, 12:03 pm

    When I figure skated, my coach used to tell us that if there was no blood it doesn’t hurt. (And truly 99% of the time we were just whining anyway)

    One day I nicked myself with my skate blade, the tiniest scratch but there was almost a drop of blood. I skated over to her and showed her and said HA!

    She handed me a dollar, told me to go buy a juice, and get back to work.

  • Jenn (eating bender) January 26, 2012, 12:04 pm

    Loved that story! In a similar vein, my dad once put charcoal from our fireplace under my eyes while I was sleeping. I was in junior high and had just been introduced to makeup, which of course meant I was putting on way too much of it. When I woke up, looked in the mirror and screamed, he said, “Maybe you should start wearing less mascara.” It was only after I had graduated from high school that he fessed up. 🙂

    Hope you feel better!

  • Meghan @ CarmanClan January 26, 2012, 12:11 pm

    I was pretty melodramatic too and my parents (both nurses) waved most things off. That is until I was 13 and complained about my knee for weeks. My mom finally took me to the knee surgeon to shut me up, I ended up having knee surgery and spending 3 months in a brace. You think they would learn, but nope 9 months later I started complaining about my arm after our 6th grade camping trip (ropes course, whitewater rafting, etc). My mom gave me a muscle relaxer and left for 3 days for a conference. My dad just kept giving me tylenol and a muscle relaxer. My Mom comes back and sees my one night after dance in a tank top, I couldn’t raise my arm past my shoulder and it was bright red and hot. Off to the ER we went and needless to say I had a blood clot and spent 10 days in the hospital, 3 being in ICU.

    Feel better, colds during pregnancy are rough since you are limited on what you can take. Lots of sinus wash helped me.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 26, 2012, 12:20 pm

    I was such a hypochondriac when I was a kid that my parents learned to ignore me. I got really sick when I was fifth grade and no one believed me, and then it turned out to be pneumonia! Haha.

  • Khushboo January 26, 2012, 12:35 pm

    Haha that reminds me of my bff- love her to bits but she is the ultimate hypochondriac!

  • Nikole January 26, 2012, 12:37 pm

    I hope you feel better soon! I am 24 weeks pregnant and have Strep throat, ear and sinus infections…the trifecta. It is no fun when there isn’t really much you want/can take. I had to break down and take an antibiotic because my doctor said it was important. I am also drinking a lot of hot tea with lemon.

  • Tamicka January 26, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I love how I’m not the only kne that uses toilet paper as my tissues when their sick. Feel better Caitlyn

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 26, 2012, 12:49 pm

    Oh no! Feel better Caitlin. Oatmeal is always the answer…I’m sure of it. Get some rest and I hope you kick this bug soon!

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 26, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Hahahahaha! She sounds exactly like my mom – whose solution to any problem (whether it be a flat tire, a broken bone, or the Bubonic Plague) is a granola bar and a bottle of water. Feel better soon!

  • Emily January 26, 2012, 12:59 pm

    Your mom is a genius! I admit, when I was younger, I used to put some purple eyeshadow under my eyes to make me look sicker than I actually was. Okay, I may have done it as an adult, too…

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 26, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Get a lot of rest! Hope you feel better!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 26, 2012, 1:02 pm

    Feel better!!!!!!!

  • Sneakers2sandals January 26, 2012, 1:02 pm

    Arrrg. I woke up sick too!!! Wah.

  • Grace @ What Grace Cooked January 26, 2012, 1:09 pm

    I think I would really like your mom 🙂

    Feel better!!!!

  • Chris January 26, 2012, 1:21 pm

    your story made me lol – i gotta try that on my daughter sometime soon!!

    sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. it’s the pits. ginger chews. good for colds, good for pregnant women!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 26, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Haha, that IS awesome parenting!!

    Hope you feel better!!!!

  • Emily January 26, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Oh man, your mom got you good. That’s hilarious!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well January 26, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Tea! Lots of tea to hydrate. It’s always this time of year that everyone is getting sick. Take care, rest and watch lots of good TV. And definitely eat chocolate.

  • Karlee January 26, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Thats exactly what I crave when I’m sick, oatmeal and chocolate. Feel better!

  • Poptartyogini January 26, 2012, 1:30 pm

    I’m filing that one away for when I’m a parent. Grow ups are so smart. Hope you’re feeling up to snuff soon!

  • Whitney @ The Adventures of Now January 26, 2012, 1:58 pm

    That’s an awesome story/parenting! Feel better.

  • Amber K January 26, 2012, 2:09 pm

    So sorry you’re sick! Hope you feel better soon. I was totally melodramatic as a child too, although it was usually concerning some perceived slight from a friend or boy.

  • erica January 26, 2012, 2:38 pm

    hope you feel better soon!!!

    i was a melodramatic kid too! once i had really bad food poisoning, and my mom thought i was being dramatic, but when we finally got to the doctor, he looked at me and said, “take her to the ER!” my mom’s eyes got real big and i remember her saying “oh! it really is that bad?!?! i thought she was being dramatic!” lol!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu January 26, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Ohhh nooo, I’m sorry you’re sick, but I am pretty in love with that story!

  • alexe January 26, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Hahahahah! That is hysterical! (the story, not the cold)

    I hope you and baby HTP feel better soon! 🙂

  • Jennifer January 26, 2012, 3:06 pm

    I love your mom – what a great story!!! I hope you feel better soon though.

  • Maria January 26, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Gute Besserung!

  • Chelsea January 26, 2012, 4:16 pm

    Feel better sooon <3

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 26, 2012, 5:43 pm

    Coolest parenting story ever. Will need to remember this incase our little girl is a drama queen!

  • Linz @ ItzLinz January 26, 2012, 6:07 pm

    That is hilarious!!! Feel better!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 26, 2012, 7:00 pm

    Hahaha your mom is so tricky! 😀

    I hope you feel better soon!

  • Army Amy* January 26, 2012, 7:10 pm

    Hehehe! Clever mom! Being sick is the pits. I hope you are back to your usual self in no time.*

  • Jolene ( January 26, 2012, 11:48 pm

    I hope you are feeling better Caitlin! Rest up!

  • Jen January 27, 2012, 2:25 am

    Hahahaha…your Mom is AWESOME! 🙂

  • Bobbie January 27, 2012, 9:24 am

    Ha! I’m very melodramatic too and act like a total baby when I’m sick. Surprisingly, when I had my babies I was very brave and got compliments from many of the nurses as to how I was an easy patient and didn’t complain or whine! So I guess when push comes to shove I’m braver than I thought. Maybe it’s just bc I knew the outcome of that pain and that it was going to have a beautiful part of me to love and hold afterwards! 🙂

  • Dominique January 29, 2012, 11:41 pm

    OMG this is a great story of awesome parenting. Sean’s dad is a total wussy when it comes to being sick. Even if he just has a cold, he’ll act like a big baby. I dislike being sick (who doesn’t?) but it just makes me sad because I can’t function like I normally would. Hope you feel better soon!

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