My 10 year old daughter does youth cheerleading and I was one of the "helpers" at practice last night. There is a girl on the team who always looks miserable, you know the one with the permanent frown, the Eeyore. So at every practice (per the coaches and other helpers) this girl whines, says she doesn't feel well, asks to sit out, etc. Always says her stomach hurts.
One of the assistant coaches was telling me that they have had a hard time with her b/c she "always complains about feeling sick and having a stomach ache" and now that they are getting into the final two weeks before the competition, they need her to step it up. She said "I feel bad b/c I want to believe that she feels ill, but every practice she says she doesn't feel well". So I said "welcome to my life every single day. I have to make that judgment call all the time with my frequent fliers". Coach had no idea I was a school nurse so she then asks what I think she should do. I told her that it was her call b/c I don't know the kid at all, in school I know my kids and can usually tell when they are actually sick.
Anyway, long story short, coach had the girl come back in and then she went running off the mat, threw up everywhere!
Coach was horrified. I dealt with the girl, got the janitor and called mom to come get her.
Coach ended up having a talk with mom that perhaps her daughter doesn't really like cheer and she should consider asking her if she wants to continue.
I told the coach that I have had that happen to me a couple times where I tell the kid "you are fine go back to class" and then they throw up in the classroom and the teachers get mad at me. Sometimes those perpetual complainers have to learn that the one time they really feel sick, no one will listen to them