Default Cant get into recovery after bad flash?

i downloaded todays update from CM 11 (d800 on att) and did the automatic reboot/flash but now im stuck on the CM11 loading screen. I left it there for an hour and it just keeps spinning. I can't seem to get to CMW recovery with the power+vol down combo (ive read different things, pressing power three times, etc) and nothing seems to work. Id REALLY like to not have to wipe this phone because ive got texts from a friend who recently passed and they arent backed up. any help would be incredible. THanks!!