Freya is continuing to make great strides in her physical recovery from surgery. She can now walk assisted for about twenty metres. She tires easily and her left foot then begins to drag, but her AFO (ankle and foot orthosis) which arrives tomorrow should help significantly with this. The physiotherapists have instructed Freya that she is not to attempt to walk unassisted until November, a frustratingly long time for her.
Here is a photo of Freya and her hospital friend Becky enjoying a bit of afternoon tea together - a couple of previously normal girls, one coping with the after effects of a shattered body (following a serious car accident) and the other from surgery to repair a "broken" brain, as Freya's surgeon Wirgina Maixner refers to it. Wirginia uses this term to remind Freya that although the scars on her scalp are quickly healing, her brain has not recovered from the surgery and it will take several months to do so, just like a badly broken leg, but without the plaster cast.
Becky has many reasons to smile; on Friday she had her 'halo' removed and she is likely to be discharged in 2 or 3 weeks.