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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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Lori Anderson
By Steve, Lori Nick and Scott Anderson
Dear Loy family, Sending prayers, and wishing for healing for your wonderful boy.
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Christine Howard
By The Howard Family - Mike, Chris, Ashley and Christopher
Dear Aaron, Kirsten, Mike and Lindsay - We are thinking of you and praying for you with all our might! God bless you as you continue this difficult journey.
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Matilda Criel
By Matilda Criel
I met Aaron through UCSB, and I'm so sorry to hear that he isn't doing well. He's a great person, and he's always made me laugh - I know he'll get through this. He's in my thoughts and prayers.
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Gayle Corrao
By Gayle Corrao
My family and I continue to keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
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Joanne McCamy
By The McCamys
Aaron, Kirsten, Mike and Lindsay.....we are holding you in our hearts and sending you our prayers everyday
xox joanne, cameron and colleen
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Lee Hodnett
By Lee Hodnett
Still praying for you....
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Kimberly Gillis
By The Gillis & LaNasa Family
Aaron and family- We are thinking of you and praying for your health, strength and resilience daily...
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Stuart Grauer
By Stuart, Sally, Audrey
Dear Aaron, Kirsten, Mike and Lindsey, We all love you and wish you the best in your recovery. Love, Lisa Smith
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Panchito Ojeda
By Panchito Ojeda
Aaron & Family,

I read this journal entry this morning while doing some conditioning work with our boys at Sonoma. As you well know, we have a few LCC alumni on our team. I shared the story with them as we were all heartbroken. There are no words that can describe the feeling we had as we read it. It was a simple reminder of how fortunate each of us are to walk this earth.

As we looked at each other we thought about the silver lining. As a coach and person who always tries to see the best in every situation, I tried to here as did the others. If there is anyone who will be able to bounce back even stronger than before it is Aaron. With such a great heart, his inner strength is second to none and as he continues this battle he is going to come out on top.

Aaron - We are all here for you. We are in your corner and will help you beat this thing everyday and come back an even stronger than you were before. We believe in you!

We will continue to pray for all of you. Lots of love and support coming from Northern California!
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The Fassardi Family
By The. Fassardi Family
Sending love and support, and thankful that Aaron is alive and fighting.
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