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...

Friday, December 6, 2013

Ongoing

I woke up to a phone call from the urologist office and had less than an hour to get dressed (easier said than done with a traditional, non leg-bag catheter!), arrange a ride, then be at the office across town.  Thanks for making this possible, Mom and Dad, and for being such great sports about the fact that I've had to wake you up early every single day this week!


They addressed new issues that had arisen early this morning, made me generally MUCH more comfortable, and now expect I will do much better between now and my next appointment on Monday morning. I'm thankful for the physical freedom to be up and out of bed a bit between now and Monday. Maybe I can sit on the living room floor to get some of my Christmas clutter cleared now??? Still not planning to leave the house this weekend.


One newer prayer concern is that I now have a UTI, in addition to the kidney stone. This totally surprised the ER doc yesterday morning as, thanks again to the strokes, I had no classic warning signs and still had great kidney function when I went to the ER two weeks prior. I'm back on antibiotics, but the last time I was catheterized (in the hospital, for the strokes) I developed a UTI and the infection went antibiotic resistant and took over 6 months to clear. I know I'm "borrowing trouble" already voicing this concern, but I really would rather not go down that path again!


I feel like all my post these days sound whiney. I really don't usually feel that way. In fact, the ER nurse just commented on my amazing attitude yesterday morning. It's just hard to be transparent about all the medical facts (my commitment with this blog) without making it sound like a pity party. I'm sorry.

1 John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

2 comments:

  1. Jenni, you are not whiny.... you are honest. And sometimes, the truth stinks. <3 Heart Hugs, Shelly

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  2. Oh friend...I imagine getting ready was/is quite a challenge. I have enough trouble without worrying about a catheter. There is no "hurry up and go" in me. If I try it makes it worse. So sorry!

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