Update: Stroke of Grace has become In Darkness Sing and has moved to JenniferSaake.com.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months 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. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jenni is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Stroke of Grace became In Darkness Sing in early 2018 and has moved, along with all five of Jennifer's active blogs, to one location at JenniferSaake.com.

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 equips you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Mom Just Had a Stroke!

Update on Betty Camp: My dad called here about 7:30 this morning and had me try to talk with my mom on the phone because she was being incoherent with him but belligerently adamant that he was NOT to call an ambulance. After attempting to get two sentences out of her, she handed the phone back to Dad in confusion and I told him to hang up, call 911 and that she had no choice in the matter. I would take the heat for the decision if she wanted to get mad at anyone, but we were calling an ambulance immediately! 

In the emergency room they did a CT scan and other tests and had her admitted by early afternoon. They did NOT give her clot-busting drugs as they determined she had started exhibiting her first symptoms of potential stroke as early as yesterday afternoon, thus was already past the "window" where meds might have been administrated.
The CT did show one old and healed and very TINY previous (like years ago) stroke in an area of the brain the doctor says usually recovers very well from stroke damage, but the hospital hadn't yet run her MRI (would show fresh strokes) by the time Rick and I came home after 5 tonight, so it is still not technically even confirmed that this is stroke, though that's even what the doctors and nurses are calling it.
Mom is in a lot of pain (writhes and cries without morphine), I THINK especially in her legs, but is not moving her torso or upper body or right leg much and has the slightest bit of right facial droop. She is basically non-verbal, though says, "no" (even when nodding her head yes), "yeah" or "yup" or "OK," smiles and giggles sometimes, and seems to understand much of what's being said to her or happening around her, though seems to have almost no immediate short-term recall. Instructions like "bend this knee" are more than she can follow (even on her good side) so there is some trouble processing language even on the receiving end, but for the most part she is listening (and laughing appropriately) at the flow of conversation around her in the room, even when she has a vacant stare. When she does try to talk she occasionally gets a clear and contextual word out, or in breakthrough moments, even an entire sentence or two, but for the most part she just is mumbling or speaking in some unknown foreign language (not a real one, but following very specific language rules of her own invention). Often she is frustrated that what she tries to express isn't coming out, while other times she seems oblivious to the fact that her noises are nonsensical.
Please specifically pray, not only for Betty Camp and this battle before us, but for Ralph Camp to get plenty of restorative rest as he spends the night with her tonight! I'm doing OK. Had some pretty strong PTSD flashback as her room is in the exact hallway where I was admitted 3 years ago, but I avoided a full-blown panic attack that threatened at one point. Praise God!
7:30ish PM NEW UPDATE - finally took Mom down to MRI a few minutes ago (about 12 hours after we first called the ambulance).


1 comment:

  1. Oh Jenni!i got off the phone and broke into sobs telling Scott. I can't eat my dinner...and you know me and food! Please call at any hour you get updates. Scott is oncall, so the phone will be going off at all hours anyway.