I so wish kids had some kind of hidden healthometer so that you could just flip a panel, glance at the screen and see whether they are:
"perfectly healthy but hungry and/or tired"
"perfectly healthy but needing some attention"
"feeling a little under the weather but sucking it up because they want to go to school"
"feeling a little under the weather but being a giant drama queen so they DON'T have to go to school"
"feeling horrible due to a raging ear infection but are backpedalling and saying they feel fine because they don't want to have to take more medicine."
Gah. Also, I'm already officially sick of winter.