Journal entry by Laura Slyman

Dear Family & Friends,

I vaguely mentioned in my last entry that they MIGHT take me back into the OR. Well, it's definitely happening and this third in this series of surgeries over the past two weeks is going to be TODAY around noon. So please pray for myself, my surgeons, mom and my pain management team. Plan is for them to take me into the OR around noon. Basically this is two surgeries in one!

Since it's midnight I'll keep it short. There are two areas that need fixing: the open wound on the side of my Neck and the hole at the bottom of my flap. They're going to do the same thing to both. Cut out the affected area and then do a fat and split thickness graft from my thigh and will transplant it over to these two openings. They put out on TWO wound vacs (with the positioning it's hard to get them to stay sealed) and another drain and I'll be in the hospital at least another week, which we are getting super homesick and such. Also I'm praying we have a better pain management plan this time and that they adhere to sajd plan.

Please pray I come out of this without ANY open wounds or holes in my body. And please pray for my mom and I because bith of us are having a hard time with already needing a third surgery though we are grateful To do it now as apprised to waiting, but still it's hard and it'd be nice if once things went easily, according to plan and without complications. I'm nervous because of "what ifs", #1 being what if this doesn't work, as I am so so exhausted..

The good reminder that comes out of this is how incredibly blessed I am to have all of you, my incredible family, friends and supporters right there behind me to catch me if I fall, to laugh when I need to and be with me if I need fk cry or just sit on the couch silently and watch tv together so I don't feel alone. And I have THE BEST girlfriends in the world - they made the 4 hour round trip trek last weekend here just to see me, so I'm so lucky and grateful in that regard. And thanks to each of you for reading these things and caring and for those who have called, wrote notes, send cards, etc. - THANK YOU, this helps and means more than you could ever imagine. I had my mom put up tons of my fav pics from places I have been, the people I love and things that make me smile (aka a ridiculous amount of pics of my cat, Marshawn ;) lol). As a visual reminder of That love and support and the things I move to do as inspiration (I'll put a pic of the wall on here).

See you on the other side!

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