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.