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A Critical Step for Recovery - Thursday Morning - 7am

First of all...Kirsten, Lindsey and Mike would like to thank everyone's heartfelt display of love and affection to our family.  All your prayers, messages, photos, flowers and positive thoughts are helping Aaron survive

UCSD medical staff has been wonderful, with both their science and love in treating Aaron.   The strain of Meningococcal disease that Aaron contracted was uniquely devastating.  It spread rapidly through his bloodstream and severely affected his organs, tissues and vascular system.  Had his suite mates not gotten Aaron to the ER, or had the doctors not treated him as quickly/aggressively as they did, the outcome would have certainly been fatal.

 

Antibiotics have since eradicated the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria, however Aaron's body is valiantly fighting to recover from the destructive effects of the toxins, severe sepsis (blood infection) and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).   We learned early on that this strain of meningitis caused Aaron's vascular system to both clot and bleed uncontrollably.   Paradoxically, while some tissues were hemorrhaging, clots were being formed in other blood vessels, cutting off critical blood supply. Without blood supply, organs and tissue cannot survive.   Aaron's doctors heroically used various medications, surgeries and procedures to restore vascular flow to his arms and legs.  Unfortunately the clotting in his feet was too severe and inaccessible (micro capillaries).  Tragically the tissue, muscle and nerves in his feet became irreversibly necrotic.   Yesterday Aaron's feet were amputated to save his lower legs and to reduce the risk of further infection.

While we all wish Aaron a swift and directly forward recovery, the course of healing sometimes requires unfortunate steps backward.   Yesterday's procedure was non-elective.  It was essential to his survival and functional recovery.   Aaron can currently breathe on his own, however remains on ventilator for the next week to enable doctors to better manage his sedation and pain medications.   His kidneys have recovered fully, his blood chemistry is returning to normal, and his neurological responses are awakening.   Aaron faces a series of surgeries over the coming weeks to close fasciotomies, repair tissue/skin njuries, and complete the amputations.

While the journey ahead will be challenging, Aaron's team of doctors, specialists and nurses advise that Aaron youth, fitness, personality and fighting spirit are invaluable assets in his fight to conquer this nasty disease.

Please continue to your prayers and best wishes for Aaron.  

Mike & Kirsten

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Marilee Mouser
By Marilee Mouser
Aaron and family, we were so sorry to hear that your illness has been so devastating. We hope that from here and now, everything will look up for you!!!! I used to teach at UCSB and remember a LaCrosse player from class---so much energy and confidence!!! I'm guessing that you too possess such poise and confidence and that it will be useful to you in your recovery. Know you have so many people wishing their best for you, people you don't even know!!!!! Get well soon, be strong, and know we care about you
Austin Kasselmann
By Austin Kasselmann
Aaron you're the toughest kid I know. If anyone can beat this, you can! Stay strong bud.
Denise Peralta
By Denise, Gregg, Donnie, and Lilyann Peralta (Mission Estancia)
God's ultimate plan for Aaron will unfold over time as Aaron steadily faces and accepts his journey. Know that Aaron's journey is already affecting, inspiring, and encouraging so many others in his community to be brave, support, love, and encourage each other as well. Because of Aaron we are being united. God bless your family and may all the love and support you need rise up to meet you, and take you to unimagined places of discovery, delight, and connection. Thinking of you, The Peraltas
patti w
By Patti W — last edited
You are truly receiving a miracle Aaron to be surviving this horrific disease!! I will continue to pray for you to keep getting stronger every day. One day at a time ...
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Michele Black
By Michele Black
This update was incredibly illuminating! Thank you for taking the time to so thoroughly educate us! With love, support and our prayers, Yhe Blacks
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Fran Kennedy
By Fran Kennedy, Conrad Carlson's Grandma Fran
My thoughts, prayers, and positive wishes are sent to all of you constantly. Be strong and know that there are many of us whom you have never met who are pulling for you.
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Janelle Swafford
By Gilbert, Janelle, Kelsey & Kristina Swafford
Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron and your family through this difficult time.
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Bob and Debbie Heyer
By The Heyer Family
Dear Aaron and family, Our hearts are breaking for what you all are going through. We pray for God's blessing on you and pray for Aaron's continued recovery. May God provide the entire Loy Family strength at this very difficult time. We have cheered for Aaron many times on the lacrosse field and we cheer for him now!
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Karen Sawchenko
By Karen Sawchenko
Dear Kirsten and Loy Family- Lucia Chan told our bible study about Aaron and we have been praying. You were my son John's 6th grade teacher and one of his favorites- I am so so sorry for this to happen. I will continue to pray that all his vital organs and body will be protected from further harm and he will recover quickly, growing stronger in mind, body,and spirit. I will pray for the staff at the hospital, and for you, that you have the strength you need each day to love and support him during this time.
Much love and prayers,
Karen Sawchenko
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Randy and Judy Giusta
By Randy and Judy Giusta
Judy and I and our Young Life kids and leaders at LCC and SDA are continuing to hold your family, and especially Aaron in our prayers. This is such a difficult time for you all, and our hope is that our heavenly Father and your community of friends is providing help for your difficult journey.
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