Spouse can't see that SD fakes being sick for attention
My SD is 10 going on 4. She is coddled and in my opinion emotionally stunted. She is a very smart child when she wants to be but talks in a baby voice and acts helpless in front of my spouse. In the last year, she has had several "sprains"....to the foot, ankle, knee, arm. Twice the doctors casted her because despite seeing nothing on the xrays, she was in so much pain or would not weight bare. Some of these ortho injuries were happening at school during a time when she claims she was being bullied. Other times, they ironically coincided with my visits ( we have a long distance relationship but it is getting closer to the time we live under one roof). Again the doctors could find nothing wrong. She missed a lot of time from school and loved being at home where she could play on her computer or watch her endlessly stupid tween shows all day. She really got a lot of mileage out of it . My spouse catering to her ( even more than he does). In my opinion she thoroughly enjoyed being on crutches, in a cast and even in a wheel chair.
The latest thing is a mystery stomach pain. She was in the hospital 4 days, they did all these tests and the doctors could only conclude that it was some sort of inflammation. Even though she was in "agony" in the hospital, she still managed to play on her computer, complain about the food ( only wanted french fries), on day 3 went to the children's playroom to PLAY and completely baffled the doctors by not needing any pain meds during the night! The hospital finally discharged her. She has now been out of school going on week 3. Her pain ebbs and flows, sometimes staying the same or getting worse, but not getting better. Meanwhile the kid is watching TV, playing on her computer and and having the full attention. Maybe its just me, but I think that when people are in pain they usually don't feel like doing brain teaser puzzles on the computer.
My spouse accuses me of being jealous of my SD, of not liking her, to thinking she is completely insane or horrible for making things up. I actually like the little girl and she is quite sweet, but I think she may have a psychological component ( or is a really good manipulator) and moreover her parents are complete suckers. They never encourage her to get better or tell her to buck up. They just lavish MORE attention upon her and believe me she gets plenty already.
Does anybody have this issue? Thanks!