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...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cleaning


My friend, Tricia Goyer, posted today on her Facebook page, "Found 3-yr-old brushing the dog with my hairbrush! When I told him that was yucky he apologized to the dog. As if?!" I giggle every time I read this. :)

 
My friend Shelly from Renewed Daily just made me this banner. Please feel free to copy it, link it to http://strokeofgrace.blogspot.com/2014/02/introduction-longer-version.html, and share it on your page! :)

 

 
 

Yesterday, I did something I haven't managed since my strokes. I cleaned my toilets, all 4 of them!!! (We have 3 1/2 baths, thus 4 toilets, 6 bathroom sinks, 3 showers.)  Kathy, remember how I said last year that I had never wanted to clean a toilet so badly? Well, I still can't stand and clean one in traditional fashion, but with bathroom grab bars, I can now manage to get down on the floor and clean them by hand. The first one took me over two hours to clean because of the learning curve to figure out what would work, but the second only took about an hour or maybe an hour and a half, the third took about an hour, and the final one about 45 minutes. I also managed to clean one sink. Wow was I exhausted and sore last night, so sore in fact that I had a hard time sleeping much of the night, and it was very hard on my finger nails (see hand pictures below, the right hand that did almost all of the work, over the left that I hardly used) but I sure am proud of my accomplishments! Rick and I both agreed that 4 in a day is WAY too much for my body on a typical basis, but now that I can do it at all, hopefully I can set up a rotation of one of two a week and clean all of them, consistently, once or twice a month now! Today I'm still moving quite slow, a little more unsteady on my feet, and thanks to blood thinners, quite bruised up.

Right hand, shredded nails from cleaning.
 
Left (primarily stroked) hand, how both hands pretty much looked when I started cleaning yesterday.
 
 
 
I am hoping to launch a drive, likely this next week, to gain more followers for this blog so that numbers are better before I talk to a publisher. Be on the lookout for a giveaway and be sure to spread the word! :) I already have the prize ready to go, so this should be fun! :)

 

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9, KJV)

 

2 comments:

  1. Wow! Quite the accomplishment, but all in one day? That would exhaust me. Proud of you! And I do remember you saying that on one of our many memorable days. Kathy

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