thanks, T and Stitchy... right now I think the doctor's just making sure there is nothing wrong and she's just making sure that thing she saw in the x-ray's nothing. nope, she's definitely not on the tall side, and my wife and I are your typically short azns. kid's a bit on the heavy side, though. she's been complaining about her knees since maybe late last year/early this year and I've been thinking this is growing pain and/or because she's crossed the overweight line for her age/height. also thought it was osgood-schlatter and I looked up juvenile arthritis.... her radiographic report says she has "linear densities at the medial aspect of the distal third of both femurs" and this is what the rheumatologist wants to do an mri on. I do hope its just growing pain, then again both my folks have arthritis. +++++++++++++++ and to finish my day here, today was the first time after I started working in 93, that I took the day off because of shit at work that would be too complicated/upsetting/private/shitty to write here and just cool my heels. and now I'm too lazy and tired to even go out to the bar 2 minutes from here and grab a beer.