Ok, she's not alcoholic, but....it still seems like half her family are enablers. Well....they are. Just not for alcoholics. easy child 2 hates school, has some mild, but ignored, learning problems. Falling farther and farther behind, hating school more and more. (obvious. Duh.) So she claims to be sick. A LOT. Her favorite illness is sore throat. Grandma hauls her to the doctor at every mention of ANYTHING. easy child 2 refuses a strep test (she's 11). She also refuses anything but bubble gum flavored liquid antibiotic (chewable or swallow forms of the same medicine "make her too sick" she says). The dumb doctor will prescribe the antibiotic every time "just in case" she does have something (cause she refuses the test). Then grandma goes to Walmart to fill the prescription, they inevitably buy easy child 2 something there, then they go home where she spends the day parked in front of the tv watching Nick and Disney. Why wouldn't you be sick all the time? She stayed with us last night. She got up this morning tired and said the famous "I have a sore throat" line. I asked her if anything else was wrong. She said her eyes itch. She has a little sniffle. I take her temp. Its actually below 98. I suspect its just from drainage (which I can sympathize with, mind you.) I ask her how bad it is. She thinks she needs to go to the doctor. I said ok, throw some clothes on so I can take wee difficult child to school, and then I'll call the doctor when we get home. I tell her, tho, that there's no tv til doctor confirms she is really sick. And we won't be going to Walmart, I don't use that pharmacy. Suddenly, its not so bad, and she's flying to get dressed for school. Hm. I dropped her off at school and called grandma and told her to be expecting the "I'm sick" call, but also told her that when Walmart and tv were removed from the equation, she suddenly felt a lot better. Hoping grandma catches the inference there that she's contributing to this little problem (grandma complains about it frequently). But you watch... If grandma didn't catch the hint, come Wednesday when Pc2s back at our house, $20 says she's got pink medicine, some new junk from Walmart, make-up homework, and a claim to have had "strep" (which she always says she has and has not ever once been tested for), which she will probably rub in my face for ignoring.