Update: The In Darkness Sing blog at JenniferSaake.com is experiencing prolonged technical issues, so I'm temporarily posting back here on my old Stroke of Grace blog.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months 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. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jennifer is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Stroke of Grace became In Darkness Sing in early 2018 and has moved, along with all five of Jennifer's active blogs, to one location at JenniferSaake.com. (Please see above temporary update note above!)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Sitting in church this past Sunday morning, I felt and heard a loud pop in my left ear. I still don't hear normally from that ear, but I have repeatedly been surprised by improved hearing ever since. My ear has popped (less strongly) several times since, always leaving my jaw and face even more painful than the time before, but seeming to relieve a lot of build up pressure in the ear with each pop. Maybe the eustation tube is finally learning how to equalize pressure on its own! :)

From Pintrest
 The first time being surprised by what I could hear from that ear, was Sunday afternoon, shortly after church. I hadn't noticed anything new since that pop, but when our older son leaned down (I was in the wheel chair, as I frequently use on longer outing such as shopping trips) and spoke a sentence into my left ear, even though it was a noisy location that would normally cancel out any hope of hearing him, I was surprised to find that I could actually hear and understand him, even without seeing his face so I could read his lips, nor asking him to move to my other ear!

From Facebook
 I guess I thought that was just a fluke, because I was again surprised yesterday afternoon who I heard "whoo-ing" in my left ear and my first thought was, "Oh great! Now my tinnitus (ringing and whistling in the ear) sounds like an obnoxious owl." Turning my head, I realized I was hearing the exact same sound in my right ear too! It was actually the sound of doves coo-ing in our back yard! I haven't been able to hear that sound with my left ear since the strokes!

About an hour later I again had the same exact sensation in my left ear. As I now imagine a person might feel once a cochlear implant is activated (?), while some mechanical hearing has been restored, I could not connect this "sound" to any kind of meaning or known information until I again turned my head and instantly realized from my right ear that I was once again hearing doves call.

Three ear surprises in less than two days! :)

Posted for no other reason than I think this Steampunk Bluetooth I first saw on Pinterest, is incredibly cool looking. :)
 Is my hearing now perfect? Not even close? Is it noticeably better than just a few days ago? Indeed!