Skip to main content

Itzl made it through physical therapy just fine.  Even though he doesn't do this for me, he walked on all four legs for the therapist, and he walked on all four legs in the water treadmill.

The therapist showed me how to get him to use all four legs, and it's a good thing he spends so much time on top of my desk because it's so much easier for me to do those exercises with him when he's at waist height than if he were on the floor.

Here are the best pictures of the ones I took last night. My camera's an inexpensive little auto-focus so while it does OK most of the time, it doesn't always take the best pictures.

This is his physical therapist, telling him what to expect in the water treadmill:

The Physical Therapist

This is him in the water treadmill before the water is added and she's adjusting the height so he doesn't leap out - something he thought about doing when he realized I wasn't the one holding his leash.  It was the "Halp! Halp! I've been Stoleded!" look with the "You mean you want me to do this?" look.

Water Treadmill

It's filling with water and he has this "You're kidding me?  Water? Really?" look.

Water Treadmill

The next five are just pictures of him walking in the water.  They're kind of blurry because he was moving fast, faster than the therapist really wanted, so she had to keep restraining him and slowing him down.  He spent 15 minutes walking on the treadmill.

I kind of wish I had a professional camera rig because sometimes the look on his face was pricelessly cute when she'd tug him back and he'd go, "That's my partner, you can't keep me away from her."

It was especially endearing when he'd try to alert - he'd speed up to try to get to me and would look at her - because she had a beeper on that kept going off.  She commented that each time the beeper sounded, she'd have to restrain him and he'd look at her, then at the beeper, then at me, then speed up again.

Finally, in order for him to do his therapy right, she called the people paging her and told them she was turning the pager off until his therapy was over so he'd concentrate on his therapy and not on alerting me.

After that, things went a lot easier.

Water Treadmill

Water Treadmill

Water Treadmill

Water Treadmill

She kept him on the treadmill as the water drained out so he'd put more weight on his left leg, and he did that very well.

Water Treadmill

Now he's out of the water treadmill and being dried off.

Drying Off

She's pushing on his right hip to force him to bear more weight on his left leg. I took a lot of pictures of this because I will be doing this with him until his leg is recovered, but this was the best shot of the lot.  The look on his face was pretty good, too - "Hey, she's playing with my butt!"

Side Push

This is the next exercise - she's pushing down on his bottom to flex his legs with weight on them and pointing the the knee to show how much it needs to flex.  I took a lot of pictures of this, too, and this is the best picture of the lot.

He was very good, staying with her and not running off.  She didn't have to restrain him to keep him in place at all.

Bottom Push

Here, he's on the balance board.  She did restrain him on that in case he fell off.  She wasn't worried about him jumping off.  He did well on it, and I just happen to have a balance board at home that I made as a toy for my children.  It's about the same size as this one and works just as well.

Balance Board

Balance Board

And here she's doing passive stretches with him.  I've already been doing those, so I just keep it up.

Passive Stretch

This morning, even though he used his leg so well at the therapist's, he was limping with it raised.  I followed the therapist's suggestion to keep him on a snug leash and make him sit each time he lifted his leg to limp and praised him when he had four on the floor.

It's a mixed bag - he limps across my desk, but does well when I do the push and stretch exercises.

He goes back next week for his second session.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site