Alexia Echevarria

Alexia cannot believe how far Frankie has come.

on Sep 16, 20130

This episode is very special to me, because you finally see what my mornings have been like for the last year, and most importantly, how hard Frankie has been working for the last year and a half every day. You also meet the amazing individuals that have been working with Frankie for the last year and have been so instrumental in his recovery process. I can't help but still cry and get very emotional. I tell Frankie that I now cry out of joy. The Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital saved my son's life and I will always be grateful to the doctors, nurses, and therapists that helped us through this journey. They became my family and my angels. Frankie and I were in the Intensive Pediatric Intensive Unit for 3 months. They saved his life and managed him medically until we were ready to leave for Atlanta, Georgia to The Shepherd Center for inpatient rehabilitation for another 3 months. When Frankie was ready for outpatient rehab, we came back to Jackson. He's been there for over a year. He takes Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapy 5 times a week.

Watching this now (that was filmed 6 months ago) just makes me realize how far Frankie has come and how he continues to progress day to day. Frankie is now attending school full day. He goes to a Catholic High School that has a Special Education Program and offers a small class setting and works at his pace. He takes his core subjects (Math, Reading/English, Social Studies, and Science) in the special class. He takes PE (it’s like his Physical Therapy), elective, and lunch with his peers (that are not in the program). In addition, he has Ms. Payne (certified teacher/ tutor) that is with him all day. She gives him that extra push he needs and assists in whatever he needs.

53 comments
believer70
believer70

Alexia, God bless you and all you go through with your oldest. I completely understand. Thank you for being so transparent with your feelings. A mother's heart can ache so much for her children. Again, blessings.

piperbeau
piperbeau

Alexia I think Frankie is doing great!! He has shown remarkable improvement!!

lisamari
lisamari

Hi!

I just wanted to join this to post on your blog about your son Frankie. I am a survivor of TBI, Tramatic Brain Injury and it also happened to me in a car accident 3 weeks before 9-11 on Long Island NY. I moved down here to Florida to go through rehabilitation and most of my recovery was from my own hard work with the support of my loving family. That is what is most important. I could not speak clearly just as Frankie. We have the thoughts but the words are hard to find. Becoming even more spiritual is something that will happen to him also because it happens to all of us survivors after nealy dying. I had to reteach myself how to speak, read and type as I am doing now. It has been a long hard 12 years but I am a very happy person and know that there is a GOD who does help us out when we ask. I will always have dead Frontal Lobes but as my grandmother taught me, "Lisa most people only use 10% of their brain so you just have ro reroute yours more and it will work."

 

She was so right!. I also was in a wheelchair and now can walk. No more scooters!.

 

You are doing a wonderful job just in the love and positive support that you give him Alexia! POSITIVE equals POSITIVE results!

If you need help or if Frankie does, contact me :)

 

Lisa Mari

PS i am not proof reading for typos just to showe you how far he will come to be able to type also!

xxxooo

TSan
TSan

Your son is a sweetheart and you have a wonderful sense of fashion. Those are the only nice things I can say about you.

katinkaK
katinkaK

Frankie looks amazing, and that shows what a great force that you are capable of being.

msexton
msexton

Are you reading these messages?  Take heart!

msexton
msexton

Okay...I signed off to never comment again, but with your story of your son's recovery & watching you attend the polo match & NOT attend the fund raiser for all the wrong reasons; don't you think being kind and staying away from the "mean" girls will bring you good energy and be in God's good grace?  Look in the mirror; you've gotten a second chance.

LaurenRay650
LaurenRay650

I'm so happy for you and your son's recovery. He seems to be doing really well. You should be proud.

Stay away from the mean girls. It's not a good look for you.

BMBarbie
BMBarbie

Beautiful blog. I'm glad you commented on little else, as just as you stated, little else matters.

drakey
drakey

I thought the Tarot card reader was describing you!!

csb
csb

Don't apologize - this is a nice blog..no drama, no catty comments, just a proud mother and I enjoyed reading this.

JDP
JDP

Alexia, I was only 6 when  my mom had a brain tumor removed 48 yrs ago and developed spinal meningitis and we thought she was never going to make it, but like Frankie she had us 4 girls to come home to and live for so I know exactly what your going through.  My grandmother taught her how to walk, talk, eat and all the things babies learn in the first year to do all over again.  Then how to be a mom again, we lived with my gma and gpa for 3 years while my mom was getting better.  She has had medical problems all my life because of that tumor which was caused by abuse from my father.  So even at 6 I know what you are going through, my mom wasn't expected to live either but she turned 73 this year.  So God bless your son and you it is a hard road for sure but a blessed one.

Dreid123
Dreid123

Marysol- Hater Alexia- Hypocrite Adriana- Con Artist Lisa- Annoying Ana- Gone :) Lea- CLASSY Joanna- Confident

suzanne.c.spencer
suzanne.c.spencer

I've been watching the Real Housewives series since the first show. As much as I love the series I never felt a personal connection with any of them. Did I already say I Love The Shows?! I felt my heart go out to you in regards to your son. My son is 15 and struggles with his diagnosis of Aspergers's Syndrome. Whichis a form of autism that effects the movement of the body and causes awkwardness. It also effects the part of the brain that allows them to communicate with their peers but also from being able to properly express their emotions. Do you see now how I can applaud your determination as a Mom to go forward without wanting acknowledge or reward? Everyday I pray for patience and improvement. Honestly, I couldn't be happier. But then again I suspect you know how I feel. My blessings for you and your loved ones. Suzanne Spencer

Irishgirl2
Irishgirl2

I love your Frankie and you are a wonderful mother. Pls stay away from Marisol and Adrianna..they are delusional!

tjjpt
tjjpt

Prayer to you and to your son's fast recovery.  That aside, I don't like how you ganged up on the dentist last season. There is a cruelty streak in you. Try to be kind and charitable to other females the way you are with your son. Expand your heart.

Dreid123
Dreid123

Frankie is adorable. You SUCK!!!!! And your crew does too!

ESinAZ
ESinAZ

All else aside, the one thing Frankie hasn't lost is his suave....what a charmer!  When he kissed Mrs. H's hand? Priceless.  You are so very blessed!

It seems like you are trying to stay above the fray.  Stay aware of who is talking trash all the time and you will quickly realize who wears the white hats.  

SRHTX
SRHTX

Alexia, I, myself, have a TBI due to a car wreck back on June 8th, 2001. My car wreck was in Houston, TX the night Tropical Storm Allison hit the town. I was in a coma for 3 weeks and the level was a 7. I started out at Ben Taub hospital. Two months later, I went next door to TIRR for about 3 weeks. Then, I was taken down to Deep South Texas for day for Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapy which I think I did 3 times a week. After that, I was taken to Transitional Learning Center in Galveston, TX for about 4 months more training. Once I completed all of my rehabilitation needs, I went back to work for the same company. I too have Aphasia and I get very mad when I can’t think of the word I’m trying to say. In my mind, I’m thinking of one word and I will say something else without even knowing. I just wish I could smell and/or taste again.

Since I have a TBI, my life will never be the same. I can no longer smell or taste anything. I get migraines daily. Math skills are gone. Lol Now, for some reason, the person up in the sky keeps bringing me back down to Deep South Texas and I can’t stand being down here. I’m sure he has a reason and I’m always trying to figure out what his reason is. I “think” I might have figured it out. We will see…..

I’m happy to see that Frankie is doing well with his rehabilitations. I just hope you and him know his life will never be the same again. He just needs to keep a positive outlook on his life. Not every ones family is like yours. I’ve always had to pay for everything from when I was in the hospital and so on.

Heymon
Heymon

Frankie is such a charmer!   I see you working hard to stay above the fray and I'm sure it's hard when certain people so want you to take sides. I loved seeing you and Frankie at Lea's son's party.  He was so charming and sweet!  I liked seeing that you and Lea were on good terms.  Good luck to you and your family! 

oliveoil810
oliveoil810

I love seeing how much your son has and continues to improve. My son was in a terrible car accident 3 years ago he was in a coma and life support for 3 days, we didn't know if he was going to live. He woke up w/ amnesia and didn't know any of his family or friends for a week. He had the same brain trauma that you're Frankie has. He also had to have occupational,physical and speech therapy. He was a Marine Reserve when it happened. today he is doing great and living on his own and working fulltime. I know you're Frankie will also be doing all those things one day also. God Bless 

Rocky_Grundle
Rocky_Grundle

your son Frankie is a total joy! he is beautiful and quite a blessing! honestly, i wish i knew him, if only to get one of his sweet, warm hugs! God bless him!

Gofish
Gofish

It was wonderful to see you in this light.  You are a dedicated, loving mother and a true guardian angel for your son.  You are blessed to have each other.  Continue to rejoice and be thankful for all of the graces God has given to you and your son,  Steer clear of all the petty issues of these broken people.  Their issues are pathetic in comparison to what your son faces daily.    God has granted you the gift of healing your son.... Stay away from the bad karma and voo doo spells.

shysharon
shysharon

this show is so forced and so fake...it's torture watching it. Every conversation is overdone. The sound of Adrianna's voice makes me sick!

valerie101
valerie101

Frankie has a heart of gold and the soul of a sweet child. God blessed you with this wonderful gift.

penneyone
penneyone

Alexia that was a nice blog. I love your outfits. I watch to see what dresses you'll have on. I'm glad to see your son is doing well. I hope you choose to be you and stay out of the hate fest by some of the other ladies. You should be friends with Lea, Lisa and Joanna. That Hate story line is not going to end well. Take care.

KathyW
KathyW

Alexia, this blog made me like you a little more.  I often wondered, with everything you're going through with his recovery, why you would even get involved in this mindless gossip and mean girl antics.  I'm happy to see that you are finally trying to focus on your son and not all the other nonsense.

ClosetExtrovert
ClosetExtrovert

I'm glad your son is doing well.  He seems like a very happy child.  Why do you hang out with the viscious Anna and Ariana?  You seem too smart for that. 

RH-fan-STL
RH-fan-STL

Alexia, I watch you with your son, and it makes me cry. I lost my son suddenly at 17, and I only want to say that as long as Frankie has you by his side, he will be alright! You are so blessed to have him with you. I know you know this. Do not worry about him. Just love, encourage and pray for him, and he will recover all!

shegraves
shegraves

Your devotion to your son is heartwarming.  I hope you can remember that he and you other son is what's important and not all of the other BS that the other women throw your way.  Try not to be too negatively influenced by Adriana and Marisol because they seem to want to dwell on this ridiculous vendetta against Lea.

Monroebaby
Monroebaby

I am happy for your son's recovery and wish him all the luck in he world.

Monroebaby
Monroebaby

Only Romain wished angrianna's son happy birthday and he was very obviously embarrassed. Why did you say both he and Joanna did that?

bjunebug28
bjunebug28

My heart breaks for your son's accident and his brave road to recovery.  I only wish his mother had the courage he does to be up front and honest, and not be two-faced in front of people she calls friend like Lea.  Look, Lisa sits there and listens to it too, but she is classy and loyal about it, and she doesn't jump on the bandwagon every time the Bitter Bunch whines about Lea.  Take a lesson from Frankie.  Be honest about your feelings.

kaytee09
kaytee09

I cried while reading this I wish him the best! 

hannah79
hannah79

AT least you are classy enough to attend People's functions and stand up to your peers (Audriana, Marysol and Anna).

rudy90210
rudy90210

@tjjpt -- great comment, you took the words right out of my mouth!

ClosetExtrovert
ClosetExtrovert

 @Dreid123

 She's a coward, really.  Terrified to stand up to the "mean girls".  And they are a gang, too.  Frankie is sweet, though. 

gac123
gac123

 @Dreid123 wow. really?  so, you say such an awful thing to her, why? you point your finger in such harsh judgement of someone you don't even know, and that makes you what... non sucky?

penneyone
penneyone

 @SRHTX  Nice story about you. I'm glad you're still here. My Mom died of a brain injury. Keep up with your positive outlook. Take care.

piperbeau
piperbeau

 @Rocky_Grundle  He is a joy!! He always seems so upbeat and happy!! I have to say Alexia is one helluva  mom!! I have to hand it to her there!  On the friend scale she surprises me a little bit.. I thought Alexia had more of a mind of her own! She is letting her little posse sway her actions! I always pegged her as more of an independent person! She seems to act one way on the show and she blogs another! and than they kind of meet half way in the middle! So at this point I'm not really sure who the "real" Alexia is?! 

drakey
drakey

 @Monroebaby Cause she's a mean girl and had to trash somebody! I knew she wouldn't get through the whole thing without saying something about Joanna or Lea!

Dreid123
Dreid123

@gac123 We are all judging them by their behavior on the show. They have decided to put themselves out there so they will be judged. Alexia's behavior ON THE SHOW is horrific. She is two faced and allows her children to speak to her any way they please. If I put myself on national tv then I would expect to be judged as well. This is the point of having a blog. Alexia has judged Lea very harshly and Alexia wasn't the one who was tricked out of money. If Alexia was REAL as she say she is then she would say Adriana, just own what you did, apologize and move forward. Alexia also said that she was going to the gala for "the kids" then, she decided not to go because her gang of old bullies were giving her a hard time even after Lea attended her party knowing that the bullies would be there to attack once again. And they did. Including Alexia calling Lea a hypocrite when she is one herself. So yes, she sucks big time.

judy@london
judy@london

 @penneyone  @SRHTX

 I'm so sorry to hear about your mom,penneyone.I lost my Mom last December and since then I've been caring for my step-father who suffered a traumatic brain injury so...it seems we're all quite connected by more than our love of Bravo shows.

Rocky_Grundle
Rocky_Grundle

 @piperbeau well we DO know and agree that she is one helluva mom!! i simply adore her Frankie! he surely warms the heart, doesn't he?  :)

penneyone
penneyone

 @judy@london  @SRHTX  So sorry for you too. These darn shows sure touch home on a lot of life's issues don't they? Take care of yourself and best wishes for your step-father.

piperbeau
piperbeau

 @Rocky_Grundle  He really does!! And I truly believe Alexia has done everything possible for her son!! She has made sure he has had every opportunity available to him for a great recovery! He is one lucky boy to have her! and vice versa....