To many…Mondays represent the end of one period and the start of another. We are optimistic that yesterday’s Monday marks the beginning of a new phase…the bottoming of Aaron’s challenging ride and the beginning of his ascent.
Aaron is improving both physically and mentally. With his intubation tube out, his speech, strength and awareness improve incrementally each day. These “baby steps” are actually “HUGE STEPS” recognizing the severity of where he was. He is currently being nourished via hi-protein, vitamin-enriched tube-feeding, while he develops his taste/appetite for UCSD hospital cuisine (far different than his Habit burgers, Freebird burritos and DG dining commons tendencies). He relishes his daily Jamba Juice…those simple pleasures in life!
Throughout yesterday afternoon and into the night, Aaron underwent a successful series of surgical procedures to repair his various skin and tissue wounds. The heeling process is particularly complex in a post-sepsis/DIC case. Infection remains a dangerous foe. Doctors reported very favorable progress in his healing and were optimistic in his overall health and recovery.
Aaron’s spirits remain generally positive and are fueled by the genuine love and support of his family, friends and community. Each day we read to him the multitude of cards and social messaging. His LCC lacrosse and soccer teammates made a video… sharing words of encouragement. His UCSB friends, lacrosse teammates and coaches are also connected to his recovery. Even the Cardiff Kook joined the contagious “Get Well Aaron” club.
Huge thanks to the Encinitas community who are organizing and conducting various fund raising activities. We hope that the growing media exposure brings velocity to the availability of vaccines to prevent other Nisseria-serogroup B incidents. The love and generosity of the community is truly appreciated as it helps fuel Aaron’s courageous fight.