This year for Committed to Caring, Pruitt Health Home Health of Winder along with Second Winds Dreams came together to help our patient, Randall Franklin. Randy has been a patient in Winder for a while now and we are so blessed to be able to give back to him. Randy has been battling a severe infection in his foot and unfortunately the doctors are unable to save his foot which has required him to have an amputation on May 3rd of this year.
Originally, Randy’s dream was to attend an Alabama football game since he has a love for the team. He even goes by the nickname “Bama”, now that’s being a true fan! A few weeks ago I, Christina Yoder Business Office Manager, was talking with Randy on the phone and he decided to do away with the original dream of going to the Alabama football game and wanted a front ramp to be able to access his home easier after his surgery. After making multiple calls and putting community resources together, we are extremely excited to be able to build this ramp for him!
Robin Brown, RN out of the HC-Winder office and Kim Timberlake, LPN have been taking part in the medical care for Randy. Robin’s Husband, Dana, has a Men’s Group from Bethlehem Church which graciously volunteered to assist in building the ramp and getting all materials from Home Depot! Scott Collins, MSW out of the Winder office has also been helping put this plan together and making sure the ramp is up to standards!
This has been a rough year for Randy because not only does he have medical issues, but he also lost his wife on January 1. 2017 to a tragic car accident. Mrs. Franklin was driving to church on a Sunday morning and was hit head on by an 18-wheeler. Randy has been devastated since her passing and it has really taken an emotional toll on him. Three weeks after his wife passed away his mother-in-law passed as well along with his brother passing months before that in August. Randy is emotionally and physically drained and needs uplifting and to be surrounded by positivity during this tough time.
Randy really enjoys having his nurses come out to visit him because he says it takes his mind off of all the horrible things that have happened to him lately. When we went out to Randy’s home to present him with the good news of him getting a ramp he was overwhelmed with joy! He could not stop smiling the entire time I interviewed him! You could tell he is extremely thankful for PHHH-Winder being able to give him a ramp. In addition to being able to provide him with a front ramp to his home, we got him some Alabama gear to wear! We got him a new Alabama hat and shirt which he absolutely LOVED! We are so thankful here at Pruitt Health Home Health of Winder to be able to give back to a patient each year and we look forward to many more years of giving!