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...

Monday, April 11, 2016

Hand


I know I can't use my left hand for much, but I forget that it does not look normal. I am so used to just doing everything with my right hand now, I forget that the left is even there, doing its own weird things.


When I saw this picture, I was stunned because I have no recollection of my hand being drawn up under my chin while I took ocean pictures!


My hands used to be close to the same size. My rings would fit on either hand. Now my right takes on so much more work that it has gotten larger, more muscular, and my ring won't fit.


While my left hand has atrophied enough that my ring set flops to the side, not enough flesh to keep it in place. I dare not wear it in water therapy any more, for fear I will loose it.



I have been coloring with my left (more stroked, non-dominant even before the strokes) hand regularly for the past few months.  Today I decide to try a preschool writing practice page just to see what I could do.


Here's a video of a fine motor skills game I played with my 10-year-old last week. I did it left-handed so play time doubled as therapy. :)
 

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