Last night, I busted Kaitlyn a few times when she was doing something she was not supposed to be doing. She was using a stool that she has had for quite some time as a stand to conduct some sort of concert, and at the conclusion of each song (safe bet), she would jump and tumble off of it. Knowing her lack of grace was bound to cause an injury at some point, I asked her to stop; that lasted all of 2 minutes before she was back at it.
I decided I would bust her again, so I snuck up and was watching her from around the corner, and sure enough, she jumped off the stool and tumbled to the ground. As soon as I busted her, she immediately told me that she had hurt herself when she landed on her right knee. Since I was watching, I knew that there was no injury, thus she got no sympathy from me.
When it was time for bed, Amber told her to get her pajamas on, and Kaitlyn claimed that she couldn’t because she “broke something” in her knee earlier. I offered to take her to the hospital to have the knee operated on, but Kaitlyn declined. After she got dressed for bed, she started limping over to her bed, except I noticed that her limp looked odd. She was limping as if her left knee was hurt, so I did what any good parent would do and reminded her the she hurt her right knee, not her left knee. Immediately, she switched her limp to the right leg and hobbled to bed.
Luckily, the knee was all better by this morning, and we did not have to make a trip to the hospital to have surgery or possibly get her leg amputated below the knee (in case there was an infection or something). Crisis averted, and I think Kaitlyn learned that if she is going to fake an injury, she needs to remember what she “hurt” and stick with it.