Starting October 25 of 2011, "InfertilityMom," 39-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder of Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes, all due to vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office. The largest two strokes were brain stem and cerebellum bleeds. Jenni remained hospitalized until nearly Christmas and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care (please read more and watch short video). Jenni is now walking (with a cane or wheeled walker), has recovered much eye-sight, some hearing, partial use of her hands, cares for most of her own personal/toiletry needs, and is currently writing three books, maintains multiple blogs, and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Near the five-year recovery mark, Jenni has renewed her pre-stroke excitement about the unique Lilla Rose hair Flexi eight jewelry she sells and has finally regained enough hand/arm function to regularly use! (The biggest ongoing losses at the 4 1/2-year point of recovery are left-side nerve pain, inability to drive, loss of homeschool teaching capability, significant sound processing issues (often triggering nausea), and some profound physical ability limitations such as a limp, balance challenges, clumsy use of right hand and only large motor function in left hand.) Here is her resume.

Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equipts you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Jenni is clinging to God's grace through the entire experience. Here is her unfolding story, documented in her own words (typing with only her right hand), as she perceives it happening in real time, messy, honest and to the glory of God...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Audiologist

I am just home from the audiologist.

My right ear has mild hearing loss, mostly in the very upper range. The left ear, while seeming to show slight improvement since the hospital, has mild (in the mid range) to profound (everywhere else, including much of the "speech banana") hearing loss. I do fairly well with most vowel sounds, but can hear almost no consenent sound with my left ear at all (this same area is slightly compromised with the right). No wonder I have to put the telephone to my right ear and prefer to have people sit on my right side to talk!

Since I also have nearly -200 (pounds? whatever the unit of measurement is, +5 in the right ear) of pressure in the left eardrum, something normally consistent with severe allergies and sines problems, like when an airplane is coming down for a landing and your ears feel clogged and need to "pop," she is sending my results to an ear/nose/throat specialist for evaluation.

The good new is that the ear nerve test showed only mild damage in the left, so if we can figure out what is going on with my otter and middle ear, the left inner ear seems correctable,to the extend of hearing I have in my right ear, with hear amplification. This is a major praise as we had expected significant nerve damage from the strokes!

I now wait for a follow-up phone call from the E/N/T or the audiologist, to determine my next step, either a consult with the E/N/T or a hearing aid from the audiologist for that left ear if the E/N/T thinks he doesn't need to see me.

Thank you, Latricia, for the suggestion of Megan at Silver State Hearing and Balance. She is wonderful!

3 comments:

  1. Jenni~

    I admire your perseverance and spirit!

    I continue to pray for you. (and now Kendra too!)

    Julie
    (julied from HP)

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