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 13, 2013

throne of grace

I'm discouraged this morning. Been solidly down in bed for a week now (pre and post surgery) and am rapidly loosing SO MUCH leg strength. I absolutely want to be up, but am still bleeding too much to take that risk. (Praise! Both the bleeding and pain, while still far from gone, are noticeably improved over yesterday!)

I gently tried to jump last night (something I has JUST mastered before bedrest), during a 5-minute break out of bed, and couldn't get my stroked leg off the floor. (Rick says I'm not even to try again until after the stent comes out next Thursday!)

I'm dizzy whenever I'm upright (probably more than you want to know, but going to the restroom hasn't felt like this wild of an amusement park ride in many, many months!) and staggering into walls because my stroked side is so weak. *sigh* Afraid I'll be back in my wheelchair by the time I go to my post-op appointment in another week! Bladder control is on strike too. :(

I think from so much time in bed, my neck is pretty stiff again so my jaw (TN) is acting up. Went to sleep with a pretty bad headache last night, but doing some better today. :)

On the good news front (recording it while I can, because all I'll need to do is look at food again and this won't last!), but as of this morning, the scales register 20 pounds loss from my post-stroke very highest, before I ever joined the gym! I expect at least five of that is simply a reflection that I've barely eaten the past 6 weeks with all this kidney mess, but even a week ago, I had only seen a 1-2 pound wiggle of loss, so for the moment I am enjoying the 20-pound benchmark! :D

I still have another 20 pounds to loose before I am back to my pre-stroke healthy weight, but, very slowly, we actually seem to be making progress at the moment!

I took a personality test yesterday, just for fun.  I didn't fell like the results 100% fit me,

but given the choices, these were my tendencies, though I know myself to be pretty perfectionistic in many areas and that's what bugs me about this description since it talks about general indifference

 to details. I call myself a "frustrated perfectionist" because I WANT my home orderly, and feel so much better when it is, but rarely seem to make it happen!  (This spacing issue my blog decided to throw at us drives me CRAZY!)

Apparently. I'm a "Spontaneous Idealists," someone "creative, lively and open-minded persons. They are humorous and dispose of a contagious zest for life. Their enthusiasm and sparkling energy inspires others and sweeps them along. They enjoy being together with other people and often have an uncanny intuition for their motivations and potential. Spontaneous Idealists are masters of communication and very amusing and gifted entertainers. Fun and variety are guaranteed when they are around. However, they are sometimes somewhat too impulsive in dealing with others and can hurt people without really meaning to do so, due to their direct and sometimes critical nature.

This personality type is a keen and alert observer; they miss nothing which is going on around them. In extreme cases, they tend to be oversensitive and exaggeratedly alert and are inwardly always ready to jump. Life for them is an exciting drama full of emotionality. However, they quickly become bored when things repeat themselves and too much detailed work and care is required. Their creativity, their imaginativeness and their originality become most noticeable when developing new projects and ideas - they then leave the meticulous implementation of the whole to others. On the whole, Spontaneous Idealists attach great value to their inner and outward independence and do not like accepting a subordinate role. They therefore have problems with hierarchies and authorities.

Hebrews 4:15-16 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

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