Thumbelina come walk with me.
Well we are now on our ninth day of Laser Treatments over the course of Two and a half weeks. Thumbelina, can now stand up from a sitting or lying position. She also, can make her rear legs move while in her cart. If the weather was better we could do hydro therapy, but we have an excellent substitution, a small exercise ball we place under her belly to help her develop her stomach/core muscles. Her cart is the perfect way to slowly but actively build up her leg muscles. She has a strong upper body strength that amazes me, but alas, she has become solely dependent on it and we need to get to relearn that yes your legs are working again. The delicate balance of encouraging her to use her legs but not over do it. The custom cart that was generously donated by the Abu Badu’s is very instrumental in her re-hab, it enables her to rest her upper body a bit by distributing her weight taking the burden off her shoulders.
Dr. Velasco is insistent Thumbelina will walk again. And he has an amazing record with far worse dogs especially Dachshunds who have come to him paralyzed for 12 to 24 months and no control over their bladder and bowels. Thumbelina has control over both. Here’s her most recent video of her with her new Frenchie friends.
We are thrilled with the donations from Amber, Patricia, Taylor, Gail, Earn and Thyme, but we still have a good ways to go to meet our goal. So, if you feel inclined to share this post we would be grateful. We will continue to keep you up to date on her progress and all around cuteness. A quick run down of her expenses. 8 weeks of laser, $1645, followed by 4 weeks of acupuncture $675, and the existing costs already $665. So we pose a fund raiser asking 400 plus friends to donate a mere $5 dollars. That would make a huge difference. Remember that your donation is 100% tax deductible. We have to replenish our coffers which means pay off our Vet bill, so we can help the next extreme neglect/abused animal. Which unfortunately will be inevitable. We really appreciate you sharing this blog and your sincere interest in this little sweet girls recover.
All Thumbelina’s travel expenses to and from Dr. Velasco office which is 720 miles per week, and her post laser acupuncture treatments by the awesome Dr. Nancy Modglin in Redlands, CA which is in the complete opposite direction, is 240 miles per week, has been graciously donated by Dr. Sam Patterson.
Donations either made by Pay Pal or mail SOSS, PO Box 2198, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356-2198,should be attn: Thumbelina information is top of this page under how you can help.