Support Layne Chesney and family

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Raised by 1,256 people in 8 months
Created January 1, 2018
While most of us were celebrating a new year in 2018, Leigh Chesney has been stricken with a terrible tragedy: her young daughter Layne suffered serious injuries resulting in over 90% of her body surface area having third degree burns. It’s a very dark time for the family but by coming together we can help support them through this tragedy. Layne is being treated at Kendall Regional burn center in the Miami area.

Leigh Chesney and her family are close friends of my wife and I, our neighbors, and all around good people. My wife Dianne works closely with Leigh, who is also a teacher. Please be generous!
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9/16/19 from Leigh Ann:
Just a little update on Layne. I’m sure many of you are wondering how she’s doing. Yesterday, wasn’t a great day. It was emotionally draining. I just didn’t feel up to providing an update. She didn’t sleep the night before. Consequently, she was granted a day of rest. She was irritable and emotional. She was feeling down about the entire situation and blaming herself for ruining her life. An abundance of tears were shed. Just a difficult day for all.

However, she is eating again and her stomach issues have mostly dissipated. We are happy that her nausea and discomfort has gone away.

The lack of diapers has been a major concern. It’s a new hospital policy for all patients. However, her situation is different. She has no portable toilet to use. Even if she did, she can’t get out of bed to use one. As a result, she had to endure extra pain, as she had to have all bandages changed. All her bedding had to be changed. The floor had to be cleaned. What an ordeal! I personally do not want her sitting in waste. Her skin needs to be protected. This will be addressed again. Her nurses also plan to express their concerns. I’m not sure everyone truly understands her needs and limitations. All I know is that I don’t want to hear her screaming in pain for over an hour again. It’s not fair to her. We simply want the best for her. She doesn’t deserve any unnecessary pain.

Today, she’s in great spirts. She’s ready and willing for therapy. She’s very excited to spend the day with her sister. Layne has stated that this has been her worst week here, and she just wants her sister. Our family and her nurses will continue to provide her with as much comfort and support as we can give her. Today will be a good day! All of our issues and concerns will be addressed this week, and we are confident they will be resolved.

Thank you for all the continued love and support!
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9/13/18 from Leigh Ann:
Yesterday, Layne made it through another surgery without incident. We still don’t know when she’ll be able to receive or be ready for ReCell. The waiting is excruciatingly difficult, but we just have to be patient and wait for the optimal time.
After surgery, she was very nauseous. Unfortunately, she had a lot of vomiting. Typically, she doesn’t have any adverse reactions to the anesthesia. The only different medication she received was an anti-paralytic to help reverse the paralytic medication symptoms. I guess her body did not react well to the medication. Her stomach continued to be upset throughout the night. Consequently, she did not get much sleep. We are allowing her catch up on her rest. We are hopeful the side effects will dissipate soon.
I’m heading home for the next couple of days to catch up on things. I always hate to leave her, but I know she’ll be in good hands with Grammy. Next week, Grammy will be able to go home too for a bit. It’s good to be able to give each other a few needed breaks now and then.
Thank you to all of you who continue to offer your support and prayers. Please pray for her stomach issues to subside. She’s got plenty to deal with already.
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9/11/18 from Leigh Ann:
Yesterday, Layne had an enjoyable afternoon visiting with her friends. They had a chance to catch up on school and all the stories from home. They ate chick-fil-a and all kinds of random junk food. We hooked up Netflix onto the portable hospital television. The kids got to enjoy watching movies together. It was almost like old times...
Today, Layne enjoyed surprising Grammy for her birthday. She was super excited to give her balloons, a special card, and her presents. We ordered pizza for lunch and the chef prepared a delicious dessert. Thanks to all who helped Layne celebrate her Grammy’s birthday!

Tomorrow, she goes back to the operating room for another surgery. It’s just another clean-up to help ensure that the ReCell procedure can take place in a few more weeks. Hopefully, things will all look favorable and there won’t be any surprises.

Once again, thank you all for continuing to direct your love and support to our warrior girl, Layne!

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9/10/18 from Leigh Ann:
Layne had a good weekend. She enjoyed visiting with family. She didn’t complain of too much pain. She caught up on a lot of sleep. The extra sleep always improves her mood. Her appetite has been fair. She still has her cravings, but she hasn’t been eating quite as much as usual. I guess it’s time to look for some new menu items.
Today, she is in good spirts. She is anxiously awaiting the arrival of two of her best friends. I’m so happy they are making the time to come visit. She’s so lucky to have them! They are bringing plenty of her favorite foods and snacks along with them. They have promised to fill her in with the happenings at home. They are also excited to introduce her to all of their new favorite music. It will be a great day for her!
Thanks for all the prayers, comments, and support. The journey is long, but we will make it through because of all of you and God’s love for Layne.
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