The Mystery of the Mysterious Bruises

Last week, my oldest child, HipChick came to me and showed me her upper arm. She said, “Mom, what are these marks?” She showed me large multi-colored purple bruises on the front of her upper arm. It was very disturbing, and all kinds of ideas went through my head.
  • She got bit by a brown recluse, and now the infection was spreading down her arm!
  • She has flesh-eating bacteria consuming her limbs one by one!
  • Some adult grabbed her by the arm, and she didn’t tell us!
You get the point! I had no clue.

“Does it itch?”

“Does it hurt?”

I was getting ready to call the doctor, and take her in, and I showed my husband. He was just as stumped as I was, and he asked her again what it could be, and when she noticed it.

Then, she came out with the answer. She said, with a sheepish look, “Well, since I gave up chewing my blankie… sometimes I suck on my arm at night.”

At which point, my husband and I busted out laughing! “You suck on your arm? Well, that’s the problem!” Apparently, she didn’t realize that sucking on any part of your body creates a bruise, commonly called a “hickey.”

Thus, we had our diagnosis, and a really funny story to embarrass her with at her wedding rehearsal dinner!


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  1. Lessa...... says:

    Oh My!! Poor thing. She is gonna be so embarrassed some day!


  2. Too cute!


  3. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    Oh that’s too funny! 🙂


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