7yo Dd has been finding it really hard to get up these past few weeks. Initially I thought she was ready for the Easter holidays and lots of lie-ins, but it was getting beyond a joke. I mean, literally, I was going in her room at 7.30am to get her up for school and it was like I had gone in at 3am! She was snoring, drooling, rosy cheeked, absolutely dead to the world. I'd peek under her eyelids and her eyeballs were rolled back in her head and she was totally out for the count, so I'd leave her until 8am. Still no sign of life. Out of curiosity I let her sleep, and it was 9.30 before she stirred. Before you ask.... she goes to bed at 7pm, and yes, she drifts off no problem, and no, she doesn't usually wake in the night and if she does, it's usually about 9ish for a wee, but that's a rare occasion. If she wakes in the night with pains then yeah of course she's extra grumpy and sleepy but on these occasions I'm describing she had a lovely good nights sleep. this carried on for a few days and then she complained of pain in her left eye and her left leg. (Her left leg is her worst enemy, it always has been.)
Eye test perfect, so off we trotted to the GP to check whether an underlying problem was the cause of her fatigue etc. This GP we had never met before but I explained the history and everything, and she proceeded to ask Dd "In the morning when Mummy comes in to get you up, what do you do?" and Dd replied "Sometimes I pretend to be asleep because I want five more minutes." Which is obviously open to interpretation and also is typical of a 7 yo. Anyway, guess what the GP diagnosed? Cheeky sneaky lazy behaviour by Dd and more effort needed on my part! No further questions, no further interest in that problem of ours, then examined Dd's leg, after which she diagnosed growing pains. She reiterated her suggestion of being firmer in the mornings and I shot out of there rrrrrrrapid and in tears called our physio, who as per, was a diamond and suggested an action plan making session for us and a school visit and other such things.
Is this normal behaviour by GP's?? I could not believe it. I knew to expect people to assume HMS sufferers were lazy etc but a GP?? Do some GP's believe HMS is but a myth?!