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 2, 2016

Marshmallow Cream on an MRI

Here's the flattering {pre-stroke, Christmas 2010 I believe) picture my hubby shared with the world 5 years ago today:

Rick Saake at Renown Regional Medical Center.
Newest update on Jenni (Wednesday Evening):
Boy, what a day! I know I have cried more in the last week than I would like to admit. I really hate not being able to fix all of this that has been happening to Jenni.
The MRI this afternoon shows some new clouding, but the doctors can not agree what the cause is from, but is either a new stroke (1 doctors opinion), a continuation of the older stroke (2 doctors opinion) or marshmallow cream left on the MRI machine by a tech (my opinion).
What everyone agrees upon is that she is pushing herself too much and needs to dial it back.
We did also meet with the Rehabilitation Hospital doctor, and it looks like once her doctors have her stable here, they will be moving her over there.
PS. She's going to kill me for sharing this picture!

Ugg. This was "that day." One of my two most traumatic memories of the entire two month hospital experience (rivaled only by my post-surgical night in ICU on Thanksgiving where I had "floater" holiday staff and a visiting nurse who refused hydration or any IV all night!), the day I describe as my "third stroke," that was eventually deemed to be a "sympathetic storm".
Continued prayer for Jenni Saake and her whole family... She is now at a rehab facility but her husband just posted an hr ago, "Please pray. During physical therapy Jenni started to have effects and signs of a new stroke. She is awake, but not feeling well. She will be going down for a stat MRI in a few moments. I'm pretty shaken, as I thought she was doing better."

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