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...

Friday, September 25, 2015

2 Weeks After, 1 Month Until

I made myself as a Peanuts character. I just wish they had a sassy, pink walker I could have added as an accessory! <3

I am exactly 14 days post surgery, and 1 month away from my 4 year stroke anniversary today!


I am still sleeping a lot! Incision pain is much better. Internal post-op pain actually seemed harder to cope with my second week than my first, but I do feel like I'm making significant forward progress. The hardest part of surgery and recovery has been my allergic reaction then the steroid short that resulted from the drug reaction. Next to these, the surgery itself was pretty easy.


The bigger issue in my mind tonight is that I am 47 months post the scariest event of my life. During those first weeks, first month, I couldn't even IMAGINE making it to three years. Now I'm already almost to 4.


Not much else to share right now. Just didn't want to go to bed without mentioning the two landmarks that have crossed my mind multiple times all day.


I remember an able-bodied family of adults who took the last disabled parking spot (without plates or placard) at the hospital on the morning of my surgery and the hassle Rick and I both went through in trying to get my walker out and set up in a busy parking garage and tight spot when we had to use a standard spot as a result.
Kendra, go type "Brazil handicapped parking spot" into YouTube and watch any of the videos with blue post-it notes! :) One example is https://youtu.be/y7fWYxRq34g.


 

7 comments:

  1. so happy, and proud of you. I love you

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  2. Sometimes I think my kids get more angry about handicap spot misuse than I do....and I'm the one in the wheelchair. :)

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    1. I used to get really upset. Now it doesn't bother me so much as I am more mobile than I used to be. And I have lived with invisible illness too, so I really do get the fact that you may have a very real illness even if you don't "look disabled." I just get annoyed when someone who does not look like they need "my" spot takes it without even displaying their legal right to park there!

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  3. Wow, your story is amazing and encouraging. I'm so glad to know how well you're doing.
    Loved reading about your story. God bless you!

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