Support Layne Chesney and family

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Raised by 1,218 people in 6 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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7/13/18 from Leigh Ann:
Yesterday, Layne had a pretty good day. The morning started off pretty rough. She didn’t want anything to eat (red flag shot up), and she complained of not feeling well. I resigned myself into thinking we were going to have to get through another difficult day. However, she fell asleep for another 3 hours. Once she woke up, she had an increased appetite and was in a much better mood. I really think one of her main issues is lack of sleep. During the day, she rarely naps, and her sleep is constantly interrupted at night. I wish there was a way to ensure that she could actually sleep for an extended period of time. Sadly, we cannot figure out how to make that happen.
She went down to the whirlpool yesterday. It was both relaxing and uncomfortable. She was cleaned and scrubbed. She came back looking so much better. As her wounds heal, she develops a lot of scabs. When they are removed, we can actually see our Layne again. She took a long nap afterwards and woke up famished. She dined on Bang Bang shrimp, Japanese rice, and a ginger salad. Unfortunately, it didn’t stay down. We forgot to turn her tubal feeds off. However, once her belly was emptied, she ate two Hershey Bars to make up for what she lost.
She continued to be in much better spirts throughout the day. I didn’t hear her complain of much pain. She was talkative and agreeable. A fellow burn surviver came to visit her. He experienced the same type of injury as Layne. He was admitted here during the MLK weekend. He also was burned during a bonfire. We became close with his family. He suffered about 75% burns to his body. Not all were third degree, but was a big burn. She was completely focused on him, and she listened to everything he had to say. He offered her plenty of advise and helped calm her fears about the future. He gave her advice about the dangers of painkillers and their effects. She took everything In and admitted that she really did not want to take them anymore. It was a great visit, and his family should be very proud.
During the afternoon, we watched several different shows on her I-pad. She was comfortable, happy, and talkative. It was nice to see her acting like herself again.
Her WBC count continues to rise, but she is acting like she’s in good health. Her ultrasound on her kidneys did not show anything of major concern. Blood cultures were taken, and we are awaiting results.
She had a good evening. She ordered Mexican to eat. It must have been quite satisfying, as she fell fast asleep after dinner. She said she had a good night of rest, and today she’s in a great mood and ready to go!
She’ s anxiously awaiting a visit from her good friends, Leah and Storm. They just finished shopping together via FaceTime. She picked out several candies to enjoy when they arrive. Thanks to, Kelly McBee Johnson for making this happen! I’m sure Layne is super excited to see her friends and enjoy being a normal teenager for awhile.
#laynestrong #prayerworks
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6/13/18 from Leigh Ann:
Yesterday, Layne enjoyed another good day. She continues to be alert and very talkative. Her appetite hasn't slowed down a bit. Her cheeks are noticeably beginning to fill out more. She is constantly watching cooking shows. She told me I needed to take notes.
Aside from her favorite cooking shows, she's discovered the 90's series, Dawson's Creek. I remember it being popular when I was in high school. At least it has enough seasons to keep her entertained for awhile.

She is doing well with her physical therapy. She is actively trying to use her arms and hands to reach for things. Since she's more alert, she is frustrated that she can't reach her drinks and her iPad on her own. Her frustration is motivating her to work harder. She continues to practice standing and walking. Her hands must have had a strenuous work out because they were hurting all day after her range of motion therapy. I'm hoping they are less painful today.

We are looking forward to spending time with her today, and she's anxiously awaiting her next visit from her sister tomorrow. She's a bit bummed she's not going to be a part of Lauryn's birthday plans at home tomorrow night. However, we will try to celebrate during the day tomorrow and help her feel included.

#praisingHIM #Alwaysbelieving #laynestrong

Quick note to those who follow the updates here::: my wife and I are going on a vacation for three weeks so there may be a pause or delay in updates about Layne. I encourage you to join the Facebook group to keep up with what’s happening with her. Please keep donating and encourage others to do so! Cheers all- Devon
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6/11/18 from Leigh Ann:
Layne's had an amazing day. She's been alert, talking, and above all else; hilarious. She's been entertaining all of her nurses and therapists since she woke up this morning. Hopefully, her new attitude will stick around for good. I'm so happy that the "old" is back at it!

She received a surprise visit from Lauryn and Lawrence too, and that made her day even better. She sent us to McDonald's for lunch, and we also had to go grocery shopping for her. We got all of her favorite snacks, cereals,ice creams, and drinks. Her nurse tech brought her a fresh mango and she was super excited to devour it. During breaks from eating, she sent a video to her best friend, Hunter and also spent a long time on face time with him. It was good for her to talk to him because he always knows how to make her smile.

She did well with therapy today. She's getting stronger and didn't complain of too much pain today. She's focused on her goals and steadily improving.

Doctors are still monitoring her kidneys. Her numbers are improving. Hoping they will continue to look better each day. Keep praying that the antibiotic continues to work and gets rid of the infection

In closing, Layne has a few words to say, "Thank you for being my support system. I hope to meet all of you one day."

#laynestrong #Godishardatwork #praisingHIMinallthings
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6/3/18 from Leigh Ann:
Layne continues to do well. She enjoyed visiting with the family yesterday. Anytime Lauryn can visit, it always brightens her day. She misses her sister very much. It was good to be back. I feel more at ease when I'm here.

Lately, Layne has had two nurses assigned to her. It has been so helpful, and the nurses find it much less stressful on them. She requires constant care, and only having one nurse has been a burden for all involved. It takes more than one person to change her bandages and move her into different positions. It has always been challenging for them to get help. Every nurse has their own critical patient to care for. It's hard to pull others in for assistance. I hope having extra people caring for her continues.

She is doing well with therapy. Today, she sat up on the side of the bed and was able to sit without assistance for awhile. She stood in the standing device and worked on gaining strength in her legs and trunk. She wasn't too thrilled because she has developed blisters on the sides of her feet. However, she was able to push through the pain and continue. She was moved into the wheelchair, where she is currently sitting. She will remain in the chair for a couple of hours. I'm sure it's a relief to be out of bed.

Unfortunately, I'm not able to give her protein juice anymore because it's red in color. It makes her stool look reddish and it always has to be checked to see if there is blood found within it. Of course, there isn't any present, it's just the juice causing it to look suspicious. It's frustrating because I felt it was definitely helping. The juice comes in other flavors and colors, but she doesn't enjoy the taste. I'll be hunting for a different brand and hopefully I will get lucky. The high temperature in her room is causing her to become slightly dehydrated, so it's important to find something nutritional for her to have in addition to extra IV fluids.

We've been having some issues with some of her respiratory therapists. Sometimes, when they come to see her, she isn't available. Unfortunately, they don't always make it back to give her necessary treatments. I'm sure it's difficult for them to manage their schedules, and it's something that needs to be addressed. The inner cannula keeps getting clogged with mucus plugs, and it makes it difficult to breath. The cannula needs to be cleaned daily. As a result she's been too scared to wear her speaking valve. We are hoping this issue gets quickly resolved. She doesn't need any extra anxiety.

Sleep at night has also become a concern. During the night, she's awake most of the time. She does have medication that is supposed to help her relax, but it doesn't seem to be effective. She doesn't sleep too much during the day either, and we know sleep is beneficial to her recovery. Perhaps, she would benefit from a medication adjustment. It's so difficult to manage all her medications and finding the right timing to give them is challenging.

I'm hoping that she enjoys another day of visiting with her family. Poppy brought in some of the gifts she has received from her teammates for her to enjoy looking at. I've brought a few new decorations to put up in her room. As always, we try to make her room look as inviting as it can.

Thank you for all the love and support you have bestowed upon our family. Keep sending the postcards, and I'll work on creating a display of all the love you have for our, Layne!

P.S. Special prayer request: please pray that all her lines stay in place and don't need to be reinserted. Big prayers for that dreaded rectal tube to cooperate and not fall out numerous times today. I can't wait for that thing to go on a permanent vacation.

#praisingHIMinthestorm #Laynestrong #prayerworks
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