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 16, 2014

Thursday Morning Mom Update


My daily readership has jumped by a couple hundred readers this week, since I started posting about my mom, but most of my public follow options are unchanged, so I wanted to point out of few options in case you want to more easily find updates. If you are at StrokeOfGrace.blogspt.com (at least from a regular computer, I'm not sure about mobile devices), over on the right of the page you can join this page via Google "friend connect" or. You can also scroll down the options over there, and under my oversized picture, there are several social media options listed, including Facebook at: Stroke of Grace by Jennifer Saake - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stroke-of-Grace-by-Jennifer-Saake/339888582731687

Want to start some music therapy with Mom as soon as possible!

So what about Mom today? She was originally scheduled to have cataract surgery this morning, so please pray for her emotions and frustration over the fact that we had to cancel that. If she is doing well enough by then, the other eye is scheduled for 3 weeks from today. About 6 last night she was transferred to the Renown Rehabilitation-Hospital at 1495 Mill St., Reno, NV 89502 (address also posted on invitation below), Elizabeth (Betty) Camp, room 123.

If you have already sent a card to the main hospital, thank you. They are all part of the same system, so I would expect your card will still eventually reach her. If you are getting ready to send something, please use this new address. Again, I need to remind everyone of my own severe latex reactions and request PLEASE no regular balloons (Mylar OK) or I will be unable to visit her.

Edited to add: I forgot to tell you Mom said she was up and walking around with just a cane yesterday afternoon! Around her room a bit even without it! (I'll have to see for myself how steady she is without, but amazing to hear at all!)

Her short term memory seems really poor. I've talked to her twice this morning, about 40 minutes apart, and she told me almost exactly the same things both times (but did remember from the first phone call that I said I was coming in with Dad later this morning because she wanted to know if we were in the car and on our way yet!)

I will actually be hosting an open house (yes, it is still on!) at this facility on Saturday, planned well in advance of Mom's hospitalization. Mom is now slated to attend as a resident guest!


As of this morning, we are still unsure of exactly what is happening. Yesterday it sounded like they were calling the entire episode a seizure (or series of seizures). This morning I am hearing the term "stroke-like event" and that the EEG was not completely normal, so there has likely been some seizure activity involved. I'm guessing Mom is going to loose her driver's license over this, at least for the next six months, simply because there is medical speculation there was some sort of electrical malfunction of the brain, but I don't believe anything conclusive has been determined about the entire situation quite yet, as we were thinking last night.  (Loosing her license is really going to upset Mom because she has been my driver for nearly 3 years, but I'm thinking that Mom and I living in the same part of town might make it more possible for us BOTH to use public services I currently have trouble accessing because of how the system works.) We should find out more about recovery expectations after today's therapy evaluations.


On Dad, I would also ask continued prayers! Ralph finally got to sleep in his own bed last night, but it was not a good night physically for him. He says his shoulder is not any worse than yesterday, but his legs were so achy last night he was up and down all night and even showered in the middle of the night to try to relieve some pain. His best sleep was between the hours of 7 and 9 this morning. He sounded EXHAUSTED when I woke him up at 9 so we could go up to the hospital to see Mom. He made himself throw off the covers and sit up with his legs out of bed before he hung up, just because he was afraid he would fall right back asleep as soon as I hung up, otherwise. :(



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