Norah’s bum knee debacle

Well, today was interesting. It all started yesterday afternoon.

Norah was sitting at the table eating a snack. She told me she had to go potty and got off the chair. Then she grabbed her knee, said it was “frowny,” and asked if I could carry her to the bathroom. I did, and didn’t think much of it. 

Then she did it again. 

I sat her on the couch and took a look at her knee. It looked fine to me! She relaxed and watched a show. She spent the evening saying her knee was still frowny, and refusing to walk. 

At bedtime she even asked for medicine.

When she woke up, she still wouldn’t walk, or even stand up. I got ahold of a friend who is a retired physical therapist (isn’t it great to know people?!) and she came over right away. I’m talking 7 a.m.! She talked to Norah and checked out her knee. Then she recommended we take her to an orthopedist. 


We called, and they were booked. So we headed to urgent care. If it was bad enough, they would be able to get us into ortho. 

She got another examination, plus some x-rays. All they saw was some minor swelling around her knee. The doctor said to basically just follow her lead. If she doesn’t want to stand and put pressure on it, then don’t. If she wants to get up and run, then do that. 

They did get us an appointment with ortho for next week. If she’s up and running then we can cancel. But so far, she’s still not standing on her right leg. 

The doctor said that kids love to run and jump. So if she’s sitting and refusing to run around, then something hurts. And if you know Norah, jumping is her thing. We don’t call her Norah Jean Jumping Bean for no reason!

She did so great at the doctor’s office! In the past, she screamed and cried the entire time. No tears, no crying this time! I’m impressed. 

Hopefully we’ll get some good news next week! In the meantime, I’ll be home, hanging out with my two girls – neither of which can walk 😉 


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