<iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=3494383568250" width="720" height="1280" frameborder="0"></iframe> was me need 2 theripist and constant supervision to walk, last March. Here is our interview video (double click on "Saake Family," December 30, 2011, then the play button) recorded by our church, late last year. (Anyone know how to embed either of these videos here?) Here is both my walking and talking this week. Idon't have the endurance to stay on my feet much longer than the length of this video, but compared to not being able to take even one step without the heavy-duty specialty walker (that I drove into walls every day) at this time last year, it is certainly amazing progress. To God be the glory!
Here's a video I did for a Hannah's Prayer retreat, a few years before the strokes, for comparison. Unfortunately, I was sick when I recorded it, so it won't give an absolutely true benchmark of all I lost anyway, but at least some idea of where I am as compared to where I was before. I can no longer manage the robe I was wearing here - our daughter has inherited it, because I can' get/keep it on nor manage the tie now - and I sure wouldn't be able to climb over the side of the bathtub or perch or the edge, like I did here:
And here is a still shot from Tuesday. Not bad for someone, a year ago, who couldn't even sit up in a chair without arms, and in an arm chair had to hold on to the handles with a white-knuckled death grip just to hope to keep from falling over or falling out! (Oh, and even just wearing jeans is a huge accomplishment as the texture used to leave me in tears.) It's not perfect, but I did the clip in my hair myself too! So much improvement, in so very many areas, I can't even hope to capture it in words!!!
Here are close up at about 6 weeks after the initial strokes and current (15 months):
|In rehab hospital, December, 2011. - Jennifer Saake StrokeOfGrace.blogspot.com|
|About 15 months into recovery. January, 2013- Jennifer Saake StrokeOfGrace.blogspot.com|
The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.
Edited to add: If you are feeling too terrible about yourself to want to be photographed, read this article to put things in perspective.