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...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sick Season

 
From Facebook

It's Fall again. Our oldest caught a nasty cold at school that kept him home one day this week. He still has a pretty deep cough, but that always seems to be his area of vulnerability and longest-lasting symptom of anything.

Facebook - Awww, too cute!

I've had a sore throat all week, but hoped it was just allergies. Yesterday, I felt fine at 12:30, but by 1:30 was so exhausted I went to bed until the kids got home from school after 3. By the time I woke up my eyes were swollen and watering, my head was getting congested and my voice was deep and scratchy.

Facebook

I had a really bad night last night, with little sleep, not being able to breathe through my nose, a sinus headache that aggravated my TN and had my jaw, side of face, and all my teeth really hurting, and chills and fever all through the night.

Facebook

I didn't even try to get up when my family was getting ready for the morning and had no voice at all this morning (scratchy, but at least I can make myself be heard now). I took some medicine and went back to sleep, and had one good hour plus of solid sleep, along with about 3 hours of cat napping. It was almost 10 before I made my way to the recliner where I've been for the past hour and a half.

Facebook - I want God to always hold my hand!

I don't know if I am actually more susceptible to illness since the strokes, get sick harder than I used to, just forget from one simple illness to the next how badly I can feel, or just notice everything more because of my other limitations now and because it messes with the limited muscle control and balance I now have, but post-stroke bugs and really miserable! I hope this isn't a preview of the rest of our fall and winter, like last year! Kendra, praying the same for your family - I remember how our families seemed to forever be getting sick last winter and how miserable it was!

Facebook


Please pray with me that Rick doesn't catch this one, or if he does at all that it will be mild and quick. We are keeping him quartered away from me in hopes I won't be too giving with my germs. But next week would be an especially challenging one, work wise, for him to get sick!

Facebook - How I feel today!

This may not mean much to most readers, but I have to share a quote that was recently posted on The Stroke Coffee House because I thought it was so funny and I could totally relate: "Sometimes I just have to get all right side frontal lobe damage and go off on somebody." Perfect explanation! If I let my brain say and do everything it feels like, no one would ever want to be around me. Part of the post-stroke learning process is to commit those "frontal lobe damaged" impulses, moment-by-moment, over to God. Still, I think an occasional, unguarded moment like this would likely feel pretty good at times! :)

Facebook
 
 
In other news, I praise God for a clear report from the dermatologist concerning a blistery-like spot that would not heal on the back of my right arm. I am so thankful that it is nothing to worry about! She does want me to go see a podiatrist or orthopedist concerning a growing and sometimes painful cyst on my right foot. My thought are that it has developed because I still carry a disproportionate amount of weight on my "good" foot and the big toe joint is protesting being so overworked but I guess if we need to do surgery, I'm back in a wheel chair for a bit. We'll find once I see yet another specialist!
Facebook

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, - 1 Peter 1:3
 
Facebook



2 comments:

  1. Ya know, it takes me weeks to get over what takes others two days. It is why we go to church on Sunday night instead of morning. Less people...less risk to get sick.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Praying your family gets past this, especially that Rick doesn't get it. Then asking the Lord for an extremely unsick winter and spring. You too Kendra!

    ReplyDelete