Last night I again slept on the couch (I'm definitely trying the air mattress tonight. Why didn't I think of that before?). I woke up at 1:30 because somebody was whining. Now, she has a tendency to whine for attention so I tried ignoring her. Then I told her to be quiet. Finally, I had to open my eyes to see what the problem was. To my surprise, Luna was not on her pillow! I panicked. How can a paralyzed dog not be where I put her? It turns out she managed to push herself off her pillow and onto the floor. When I saw her she looked up at me as if to say, "um...sorry to bother you, but I seem to have fallen and I can't get up."
To prevent this situation from happening again we have pushed her pillows into a corner so she has two walls to keep her in place. We also moved an arm chair on one side and the old air conditioner (covered by blankets) on the other. It's worked pretty well today, except if she is agitated enough she is able to spin herself around on the pillow and could possibly make it onto the floor.
|Luna on two pillows surrounded by a crib mattress, blankets and towels.|
Another big surprise happened this afternoon. My friend, Ashley, came over to dog sit while I went to a work meeting. When I returned we were sitting on the couch chatting and out of the corner of my eye I saw two sets of paws go up in the air. Luna was roaching! She had rolled herself onto her back. At first I was concerned that she was going to hurt herself, but she brought herself back down with plenty of control and repeated the action several more times. Maybe she'll be able to flip herself over soon.
The final piece of good news I have is in regards to her left rear leg. I have been working hard to flex and stretch each of her legs, but I spend a few minutes on this leg helping to remind her how to put weight on it. The first time we took her out to potty she knuckled it over and it was pretty much a dead leg. I couldn't even get it to straighten out so I could plant it flat on the ground. Tonight, she had it flat on the ground so I added a little weight. I'm very hopefully that she will regain some use of this leg and be able to hold herself.
I'm feeling so much better about our situation after the last two days and I hope to see more improvement as the week continues. Thank you for all the comments. I read each of them to Luna so she knows what people are saying about her and we discuss your suggestions.