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, September 13, 2016

AlterG

I talked to a physical therapist who works at my gym. I'm going to talk to my doctor and price out co-pays to see if our current insurance would let me get back into formal, supervised therapy using the AlterG (rehabilitation, reduced gravity treadmill).


We have one in town, less than 5 miles from our house. (The next closest is over 2 hours away, not even in our state!) I've been curious to try one for myself and see if there might be benefit for me.


Update: I've now talked to my doctor, spent an hour physically at the front office of  rehab center (the intake paperwork that should have taken under 10 minutes took me over 45 - I told them they were already providing me free hand and cognitive therapies!), and triple checked with insurance. The medical donations we have thus far collected (thank you!) will cover the full costs of my co-pays to use the AlterG for the rest of this calandar year. If the therapist documents enough benefit that insurance approves another round, there are enough funds in that account to even start me off on another block of therapy.


My intake assessment with an actual therapist (where insurance will officially decide if I warrant therapy at all) will be in a week and a half, mid-morning on the 21st. (Kathy and I are going to move our house cleaning day, so we need to talk about this Mom, as I would appreciate if you can take me. I likely won't remember, so I hope you see this here!)


Update: Here's some video after I got approved!

2 comments:

  1. I looked into that! I wish we had one way up here! It looks like a great device!

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