Freya is also receiving Occupational Therapy at home twice as week as part of a new initiative of the RCH "Hospital in the Home" Program. The home visits are about encouraging her to use her left arm and hand as "helpers" as much as possible in a practical, everyday way. Because her left arm and hand ares so weak, and using either takes such effort, is is very easy for children who have had hemispherectomy surgery to simply ignore their weak arm and hand and rely entirely on the stronger ones. Without constantly thinking about, and trying to use her weak arm and hand Freya's brain will not make the neuro-connections needed to make them functional, so it can become a cycle of weakness and neglect, something that we would really like to avoid.
This week at the hospital is a busy one: On Thursday, Freya will receive her first botox injections (young, I know). The botox is intended to reduce the stiffness in her left calf muscles to give her a more natural gait and also allow her left hand to relax more readily. I'm sure I won't be the first mother that has argued for a bit of botox to administered in my direction given the all the extra wrinkles she has caused me over the last months (years). Freya will also be having her first EEG and MRI since the surgery. Although she appears to be completely seizure-free, the EEG should confirm that there are no sub-clinical seizures occuring in her brain (those that have no obvious or outward presentation). All fingers crossed.
Here's Freya enjoying the Noosa beach from the safety of her beach towel. Despite the balmy 27 degree weather she declared both the resort pools (heated) and sea too cold for swimming. 3 months in the airconditioned comfort of the RCH has made her very soft!