Update: The In Darkness Sing blog at JenniferSaake.com is experiencing prolonged technical issues, so I'm temporarily posting back here on my old Stroke of Grace blog.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months 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. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jennifer is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Stroke of Grace became In Darkness Sing in early 2018 and has moved, along with all five of Jennifer's active blogs, to one location at JenniferSaake.com. (Please see above temporary update note above!)

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!