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, June 29, 2012

Simply Doing

If you had asked my 6 months ago, shortly after I came home from the hospital, if I would have still have been so challenged by everyday tasks (translation, simply unable to do most tasks and happy to "help" much as a child would, when other adults are willing to let me step in and make the project they could have easily cared for, take much longer with a much messier outcome) I would have thought you were crazy. Surely I could preform a simple task, like follow 3 simple steps on the back of a cake mix, by now! And if will power alone were enough, I would have ditched the walker long ago. But this is not the case!

My mom just came over to bake cupcakes for my son's birthday party tonight, because I simply could not. I'll have to recruit our middle child to frost them once they have cooled (our oldest is sick) because I cannot figure out a workable option to do that myself either. This is when the strokes really make me upset, when they stand between me and doig the simple things I want to, should be able to do, used to be able to do, for my kids.

We have figured out a battle plan with the blood thinners and my ear surgery is scheduled for later July. My parents are back home and my mom is practically living here, helping us get caught back on household thing that have fallen behind. I need to go now and help our 6-year-old finish getting ready for his 3 guests to arrive. :) My husband is a saint to oversee these birthday parties!
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.” - Psalm 138:8

1 comment:

  1. I feel your pain! Sorry for the frustration of feeling so helpless. It's a good thing your kids know you love them A LOT and they love you so much too. I see it every time I'm over there.