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 16, 2016

Two Months of Ear Infection

Remember the concussion I gave myself two months back? Within a few days of that head hit, my left (more stroked) ear started burning and draining with a deep maddening itch and constant feeling of swollenness.
This has continued, to greater or lesser degrees, for two months now. The bug I fought for the past couple weeks really upped the ante on ear/jaw pain.

Monday, my doctor confirmed that the ear is still infected, but since I just finished last week's course of antibiotics, there's nothing else we should do right now but hot pack it. "If you could stand on your head, it would really help drain the ear since the infection seems all to have moved down to that lower half of the membrane, below your ear tube."

Um. Thanks?

The ear pain is getting intense. It hurts to hiccup. It hurts to burp. It hurts to blow my nose. Let's not even talk about sneezing! I'm walking around with a hot pack attached by a headband to be held constantly on the ear.

I just put in a call to my ENT to see him first thing Monday morning (since I don't have a ride to get in any sooner).

Meanwhile, Kathy and I finished winterizing my rose garden this morning. November 16 and I still had eight new rose buds and dozens of open blossoms!)

It started snowing this afternoon. Whew. We were JUST in time!

Those little white flecks on the black garden chair are snow flakes!

Oh, and I've freaked a few friends in the last 24 hours by saying, "You know that book manuscript I've been working on for the past five years? I decided to scrap it and start from scratch!"

As has been repeated pointed out, I'm not truly scrapping it and starting completely over. I am simply undertaking a massive restructuring of the book while maintaining the integrity of most book content. Still, it's a huge job!


  1. Oh my! You poor thing, that looks simply awful. I hope that your ear drains soon and you feel better. All there is to say is hopefully you are all better soon! Also, those roses from your garden are simply beautiful. I hope that just like them, you are as bright as day soon.

    1. Thanks Cynthia. I am doing much better now. Just had my 6-week post-op follow up and my ear passed with flying colors!