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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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Terry Hausman
By Terry and John Hausman
Our prayers, thoughts and hugs go out to all of you. We have faith that you all will be home together again soon.
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Susan Morgan
By Morgan Family
Dear Loy Family:
We were deeply saddened to read your update this morning. Our hearts go out to your family throughout this difficult time. Trust in the power of modern medicine, prayer, and the healing thoughts of the entire community pulling for Aaron's recovery.
With Love, John, Sue, Johnny and Patrick Morgan
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shelly winkler
By The Winkler Family
Tears are falling. I am so very sorry to hear this news about Aaron's feet, it is heartbreaking. There are no words. Please know we are here with you, still praying and holding out and believing for Aaron. His heart, strength, attitude, and the love he evokes in others will serve him well as he continues this battle in recovery. He is a champion. Our hearts and healing wishes and love to you all.
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Eric Lona
By Eric Lona
I am keeping Aaron and the entire Loy family in my thoughts and prayers!!! Aaron is a fighter and always comes out on top!!!
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Grace Lisle
By Grace, Bob, Chris & Daniella Lisle
Our hearts are aching for all of you and you are in our prayers every day. It is clear from all the posts that this community is holding Aaron and your entire family in their hearts as you go through this unimaginable event. We send our love, strength and prayers to all of you.
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diane cornell
By diane cornell
Aaron, Kirsten, Mike and Lindsey,
I know there are no words to take away the pain or sadness you all must be feeling at this time but you have many many people who have you in their thoughts and prayers. You are such a great family, I pray for strength for you all, now and on the road to recovery. Thank you for keeping us all informed on Aaron's progress. Take good care.. Rich, Diane, Richie, Robbie and Kat Cornell
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Shawn Beyer
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Aaron, Mike and Kirsten, prayers for all of you. Will keep you in my thoughts and pulling for Aaron's recovery.
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wendy Jensen
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Aaron, Mike & Kirsten, we have been praying and have asked others to help in a prayer's circle for continued improvement in Aaron's recovery. If there is anything we can do on the home front, let us know. We will continue to stay connected to see his progress. Lots of love and prayers are with your family!
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Trina Zeljak
By Trina Zeljak
We are thinking of your family every day. It's extremely moving to read below and see Aaron's wonderful support network. We are hoping Aaron's journey is only forward moving very soon. With love from the Zeljaks
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Our prayers are with Aaron and your family! God bless you all! The Lizerbrams
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