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...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday Morning Progress

Latest news is mom had or is currently getting her EEG (tech just came to the room when I talked to Dad a little bit ago) and she was able to pick up and set down her own cup for a drink (with a straw, guess the nurses decided she has better control with than without right now) on her own this morning. Still couldn't tell nurse her own birthday this morning (seemed to know it, but too much to say it). I'm thinking asking for a letter board so she can show us what she needs to say is a good step today (and maybe eventually typing if she gets enough hand function). Leaving for the hospital in an hour. My ride is all set for Saturday to get everything together for my party at rehab.

I forgot to mention her eyes yet. They follow pretty well, but are a little "bouncy" and don't move smoothly, especially toward the right. She already has cataracts (was set to have surgery this coming Thursday) so without her verbal skills, it is hard to know what she does and doesn't see right now.

1 comment:

  1. What would be the best way to contact you.....? I don't want to be a bug.