When I reported the last time on Ian's experience in the pool, I was reporting what I had heard from Mary and Larissa. On Friday, I went to his pool session myself and saw firsthand what they were trying to do with Ian.
His "walking" was extremely labored and he apparently didn't do as well as when I went. Three adults were holding him up and moving his legs while I manned the wheelchair behind him. After that they stood him up on a handrail and for about 15-20 seconds he was bearing his own weight with the balance being supplied by the therapists.
When he got in the water, he had only a small "floatie" strapped to his back and water noodles under his arms to keep him afloat. They walked him in the water to get him used to the motion again of walking and they floated him on his back.
Later, they brought him to the side and encouraged me to try to get a reaction from him. Irritate him! That's what they told me to do. I can do that! When I did, they cheered me on. So I did it some more. After a short amount of time he was looking straight at me wide-eyed pushing my hand away, grabbing my hand and pushing it away and opening his mouth wide (as if to yell at me or bite me?). The therapists were thrilled. Their theory is that if he gets mad enough to react like that, he'll get mad and determined to get better...maybe to get back at me.
So, I've commenced Operation Irritation...pray for Ian!