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...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Grace in the Grind

Hmmm. I usually have more to talk about than I can even get recorded. With all that is happening, I guess sleep is more important to me than writing. I'm sort of "out of words" for a season.


My mom is doing well. About 99% mentally recovered, one month out from our hospital adventure that started on the 12th, last month. Physically, she can walk unassisted (uses a walker in crowds) and is tired, but gaining stamina by the day and only requires a few naps a week now. Barring any more setbacks, she should be driving again mid-January. PT says she should regain all her pre-event strength and overcome the right side weakness within about 6 months to a year!


The neurologist says it well could have been a hard bump to her head and concussion (as 2 other doctors have already told her that was what they believed), or maybe it "just happened". She is taking medication and, as long as she doesn't have any other issues, goes back for yearly neurology check ups. He acted as if her care should be rather routine and non-complicated. Oh, we could do with some non-complicated!


Mom is between eye surgeries, the cataract removals she had scheduled before seizure storm. The first eye was done a week ago. The second eye is to be done in another week's time. She has been legally blind since she was 7, vision correctable enough to drive and ready with really thick, heavy, expensive specialty lenses. After the first surgery, she is seeing better from her right eye than she has in 65 years! Even without the extra expense of "corrective lenses" (she has astigmatism so will always need some glasses to compensate for eye shape issues, so didn't see reason to pay to do more than cataract removal) her right eye, that was seeing about 20/800 is now seeing 20/30! Praise the Lord!!! She is eager to get the second eye fixed so her extreme difference in vision ends the dizziness she is facing right now.


Our family will be taking a trip out-of-state later this month. What was originally planned as a medical trip for one of our children has become a special set of plans for the entire family, with the medical aspect now only being about two hours, one tiny facet, out of several days. We hope to celebrate my brother-in-law on his actual birthday (and my sister-in-law who had her birthday last month) while we are within an hour of their home. I know it will be exhausting, but I'm looking forward to making some special memories with my loved ones. Please pray for all five of us in all aspects of this travel, including reduction of stress for kids who have lived with more than their fair share of medical settings already and for wisdom and clear communication with the doctors and other medical staff involved.


Weather permitting, we should be back in Reno for my Dad's 72nd birthday and then Thanksgiving Day. My beautiful friend, Kendra, has taken care of this year's Thanksgiving meal with my parents, so there should be next to no preparation involved. Thank you, Dear One (and for the beautiful butterfly that landed in my mailbox this week! Your hand writing is getting so good!)!


A dear blog-reader-turned-friend and fellow stroke survivor, Denise, just came through open heart surgery this morning. We really didn't think she would survive the surgery, but it was a given that she would not survive more than a couple more days without the surgery. It apparently went much better than anyone had dared to hope. Denise is in recovery right now and could sure use your continued prayers!


I am really, really wanting to get my current book manuscript finished up and contracted with a publisher! This is the third Christmas season in a row that I have set as my target date to have it finished, and I'm still not done! This writing thing is going so painfully, agonizingly slowly! I keep trying to remind myself that pre-stroke timelines and expectations are no longer reasonable with post-stroke brain, but I really am discouraged by the slower-than-snail-pace progress for this project! I'm just praying that God is planning to use the book in a big way, as it sure has been a struggle to get written!



 

1 comment:

  1. You know me and food ;) Honestly, you just gave me a reason to play with food more!

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