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, June 27, 2015

Of Family


Kendra:


My mind is going in a million directions at once, so I hope this will be a coherence post! It will be mostly a collection of thoughts and pictures I have shared over at Facebook over the past week or two, as I know at least two regular blog readers here who do not do FB. :)


Personally, the big thing I'm trying to work on personal is having a softer spirit, allowing the Lord to chip away at the harsh edges in my attitudes and especially in my reactions (often not thoughtful responses) toward my loved ones, especially my precious hubby, then also my kids.


On about the 19th of June, our 12-year-old princess finally got a long-awaited pet of her own! <3


Here's the pet I really want (but hubby says we aren't zoned to own and aunt points out the technicality that it would grow up):


Even grown up, maybe a good back yard pet, right? http://imgur.com/akyx3Ff (Bear in pool. Don't know how to attach this video, so you will have to click the link is you want to see a funny, short, adorable clip.)


So I don't loose the resource:

My great grandma made this. It now hangs in our daughter's room:



A friend has been doing lots of beautiful cross stitching projects lately. Her pictures inspire me to get brave and try to finish a pre-stroke project after the kids go back to school this fall, to see if I can actually work a needle or have the eyesight to take up stitching again. Scary, but I'll never know unless I try.

Sorry it is blurry. My hands aren't always too steady!

I have been hesitant to process my feeling on this one, as I don't want it to knock Kendra (or any other stroke survivors) for the same loop it knocked me. I'm praying it won't hit them hard since they don't have the same personal connection. Last weekend I posted, "I am rather stunned. I just learned that a young college gal who I have never met in person, but have been following her story for over 3 years, who stroked a few months AFTER I did, died very suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday. She had been making such gains and doing so well. Shocking! Simply fell out of bed, had a seizure (likely why she fell out of bed in the first place) that led to becoming unresponsive, and was pronounced dead by the time the ambulance got her to the hospital. Just wow. 
frown emoticon Praying for Maggie's family!".

Not taken by anyone I know, but so cute!
A chiropractic review. The last 5 minutes (out of 15) are especially notable:

Kathy and I (she did labor while I "directed") got a lot done on my landscape project last week.

 
 

The kids helped some too (even got a couple neighbors involved, Tom Sawyer would be proud)!


It's been too hot by the time I've gotten moving each day (I was out of bed a total of 5 hours out of 24 on Thursday, and slept past 10:30 whenever I can lately) to get anyone out there to do any more yet, but we have a little over a month of summer break left. It will get done in due time. Thank you for all the help, Kathy!


Last week was busy with VBS. Our kids had a BLAST. Well done SRBC! Thank you!


My mom was quite sick all week (doing a little better today, but we were worried and threatening emergency room there a few days, so it wasn't pretty) and by Thursday I was exhausted and too fizzled out to even ride with my Dad, who faithfully got the kids to class and home again, each day, all week. Thanks Dad!


Remember the meat I so foolishly purchased a couple weeks back? Well we DID have a really nice Father's Day meal last Sunday evening. :)

 

Our girl and I pulled it off all by ourselves (well actually no - Rick dry rubbed the steaks and made the garlic bread)!


I learned how to steam lobster and she is a master of the grill!


We didn't make the planned green salad (decided we already had plenty of food as watermelon had been a late addition to our plans) and we forgot the mushroom sauce, but everything else turned out really great! I was so excited the two of us were able to pull this off for our Dads!


The week before, our little man made his dad's favorite jello, pretty much alone. We are proud of him too! (And I carried his boiling water across the kitchen without spilling much at all!)


This probably should go over on the InfertilityMom blog, but I am still hoping to get it smoothly transferred to my own domain one of these days, so trying not to add new content right now. After three consecutive casts that kept her grounded for something like 15 months, look at this glowing expression to be back working on her flight hours!



Between my mom's and my health issues, and without a driver's license of my own, it seems I'm just not making it to the gym for water aerobics (my physical therapy) as often as I should. If I don't consistently get there at least twice a week, I noticeably loose skill. I am very, very thankful to my Mom for the times she can take me, my hubby for providing the monthly dues, and my in-laws for gifting me with the membership to go at all, but get discouraged when we hit crazy seasons like this summer and I'm hit and miss in attendance.


I had been praying about what to do and for a while and came across a core training video program that is filled with totally different muscle movement that I have ever seen or tried in over 3 years of being told "engage your core" by every physical therapist and exercize instructor who has ever tried to help me reclaim balance, walking or other abilities, I'm not sure the video is all that interesting (as my son says, it looks like I am "just laying on the floor") and I know I was off on my stoke recovery timeline by a full month, but I needed this record as a benchmark of where I'm starting off with 0-6 Pack Abs. I just started this week and can tell I'm going to be on step 1 (out of 18) for a LOT longer than the average bear, but progress is progress and I'm just thrilled to have this option!


I found a long skirt I should actually be able to walk in even with a cane! I don't like most bi-level skirts, but love this one as even the short part is long,  I hope it works out as well as I hope it will.



I've prayed about how to address the issue that has most occupied my mind the past day and a half. While this is NOT a political blog, and I respect that my readers come from many walks of life, a current part of my story IS how I'm processing this profound issue. Rather than rambling on and on, I will simply share a few Facebook posts I have shared yesterday and today (including that link I just posted that well addresses many of my thoughts).
  



From my friend Lisa: "We're going to see a lot of rainbows today... Anyone can change their avatar, but only God can set the rainbow in the sky. The rainbow isn't a symbol, it isn't a logo, it isn't a political statement. It is a covenant between God and His people. It is sacred. It is holy. It is created by God Himself. And regardless of how people will copy and paste it all over, only God can put it in the sky."

Yesterday, un-coached by me or my husband, our 15 year old shared this as his FaceBook status:
"Today, the supreme court of the United States of America legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. I do not hate anyone, and I am not a "homophobe." However, I am a Christian. The Bible, which I believe through study and personal experience to be the word of God, does give humans commands against gay marriage. It also commands Christians to act out the grace and love that were first shown to us. Because of these things, I do not support the supreme court's ruling or gay marriage, as I would rather side with the ruler of the universe than popular opinion. However, while I do disagree, I WILL NOT HATE YOU if you are gay or in support of gay marriage. I can't force you to believe the same things I do. I can't force you to live a certain way. Even if I could, it wouldn't be right." Well-stated, son!






1 comment:

  1. And to that I add an amen....

    My thoughts. We all sin somehow. God doesn't see one sin as bigger than the other. They are all just sins to him.....and remember, Jesus preferred to hang with the "less savory" of people. After all, he came to save sinners!

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