Mayo Manor – Kathy Frawley

Mayo Manor – Kathy Frawley

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My name is Kathy Frawley and I am 56 years old.  My cat Rose and I came to Mayo Manor May 25, 2016 from a nursing home in McRae, GA , which is 3 1/2 hours from Atlanta, where I had spent 1 year.  Rose has been with me for about 8 years and is an Emotional Support Animal.

For over 30 years, I worked in telecommunications, most recently as an Order / Project Manager. I contracted with AT&T, British Telecom, and Verizon to name a few.  Though I worked domestically, I over saw the installation of voice and data networks across 5 continents,
On Thanksgiving of 2013, after enjoying a nice dinner out with friends, I fell leaving the restaurant and completely broke my right humerus.  For 15 months, we waited to see if it would heal on it’s own, but it didn’t.  In January 2015, I had surgery to repair my arm.  They re-broke it and put in a plate with 8 screws.  When I woke up from surgery, I could not walk, stand, sit or lift my legs off of the bed.  We really don’t know why. I wasn’t paralyzed.  A trip to rehab was fruitless as I was continuously sick with respiratory illness and MRSA UTI.  I was unable to receive adequate rehabilitation.  I was completely bed-ridden for 5 months resulting in the time spent in the nursing home where I continued with many lung issues including a MRSA lung infection.  I really struggled with depression not seeing light at the end of the tunnel.  I had told the staff at the nursing home that I didn’t come there to die.  I prayed earnestly and Rose was my saving grace.
The social worker told me about Wishes 4 Me.  I applied for the Money Follows the Person and the Independent Care Waiver Program and was accepted into the programs.  This provided the resources I needed to leave the nursing home.
Since coming to Wishes 4 Me, I have stopped using a wheelchair to get around inside the house.  I can walk using a walker.  I am now using the shower with assistance where I used to require bed baths.  I am able to dress myself 98% where I used to have almost total assistance.  I’m feeling stronger and more positive than I had in a very long time.  I can now get myself in and out of bed.  I have been able to go out to lunch, to Wal-Mart and to a Gwinnett Braves baseball game.  Simple things like these I took for granted and now appreciate them so much.  It has helped to lift my spirits and again feel like a part of society.