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...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hearing

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!

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