today was a great day for Reba!
We saw Sandra Hudson today. She worked with Reba on a peanut stability ball, on a board with a curved surface underneath, and on the underwater treadmill, plus checked her muscle tone and responsiveness.
Reba was AWESOME. Once she got comfortable on the stability ball, she really seemed to enjoy it. In the water, although she seemed really frightened, she walked and moved both of her back legs for most of the time she was on the treadmill! After all the exercises, she was even more stable standing unassisted--really amazing.
(Here is Reba in the pool:)
Sandra thinks that her chances of regaining mobility given what she saw are really good. She would like to see her as often as possible--said that 5x/week would be optimal but 2 or 3 x/week would be ok as long as I can spend a lot of time working with her in between--that once a week would really not be enough.
Here's the best part--we got home and she cocked her head, asking me to scratch her right ear--then she started moving her right foot towards her head!!! She couldn't make it to her head but it was so amazing--the first time she has voluntarily moved one of those limbs outside of being stood up. So cool!
I feel real hope for this girl now--what a miracle this would be.
Reba continues to work hard at her rehab. She can now do 20 minutes on the underwater treadmill and keep her gait almost the whole time! We do exercises at home several times a day--she doesn't like them, but is fighting it less. (When I can rope a neighbor or friend into helping it goes much more smoothly.) We practice standing, which she can't really do unassisted but only needs a little support at this point, put her over a stability ball and pulse her up and down, and put her back legs on a balance board in two directions for about 15 repetitions of the board going up and down.
Sandra Hudson was able to arrange for her the loan of a good quality cart today, and we just got back from our first walk ever in the neighborhood. She seems so excited to be able to be upright and move fairly freely! In the cart, she makes walking motions with her back legs, but her back paws barely graze the ground. Here is some footage of her first 'walk' in over 3 months, since she was hit by the car!