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...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sweet Peace

Long-awaited peace and joy finally flooded my heart yesterday. We went up to Lake Tahoe and it was beautiful! The night came and went and the kids are still here. :) I felt the most relaxed I have felt any time since the strokes, driving home from the lake yesterday afternoon. Thoughts like tangibly feeling some stress "melt" off my shoulders and the word "magical" went through my mind as I reflected on the day and my eyes devoured the scenery of the ride, handsome husband at the wheel, kids tucked safely in the back seat.

I have taking to sighing frequently oven the last several weeks. It's kind of a breathing issue, like gasping for oxygen and it is a broken, gaspy effort, much like catching or exhaling my breath like I do when I'm crying . But I think there has been an emotional element as well. I didn't catch myself sighing even once yesterday. 

This week is going to be all about reestablishing routine. The kids and I have already talked through some attitude issues and how they need to be addressed. After breakfast we will try to figure out how to tackle laundry together (something I can not do on my own) and the youngest will learn how to fold. R. and I need to continue working on the school room, as I am able. And I need to research standardized achievement tests for all kids. (Anyone have a link?)

Rick plans to grill tonight, so all I need to do for dinner is send J. digging through the freezer for some meat to start thawing, then come up with an idea for a side dish. We have an appointment with the lawyer tomorrow.

I woke up feeling a bit anxious this morning, but even my anxiety level felt lower than other mornings. Still not "easy" to cope with, but more manageable.  Grace!

I'm still in quite a lot of pain with my "headache" but one thing at a time. I have been fitted for a night guard, that hopefully will bring some relief soon.

I certainly won't say life is "normal" yet, but it is moving closer toward a "new normal" finally, I think! Thanking God for His faithfulness.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. - Psalm 51:12

1 comment:

  1. Great is Thy Faithfulness is what is running through my head reading this.

    Praying the transition will be more smooth than bumpy.