Day +9: Cloud not-so-nine

Today has been, by far, the scariest day of my life. This morning, at about 5:25, Ramón lost his airway, most likely due to swelling caused by an infection or allergic reaction. He went into cardiac arrest and ultimately had to be resuscitated. During the process, Ramón had to be intubated. He is now sedated and on a ventilator in the ICU. I was required to leave due to the ICU’s no visitor policy, but I was able to hold his hand before I left, and I am grasping onto that memory until I’m able to return.

As traumatic as the day has been, the updates I’ve received have been encouraging thus far. Though Ramón is expected to remain on the ventilator for several days, they’ve gradually (and successfully) moved him down to the lowest setting throughout the day. He is requiring very little heart support at this time, which is a drastic improvement from this morning. The doctors are very encouraged that the first 12 hours have gone as smoothly as they have.

They’ve cooled his body down (therapeutic hypothermia) to try to reduce tissue injury. The next day or two will be critical as they warm his body back up and see how it reboots. I feel like I’ve cried wolf every other time I’ve asked for your thoughts and prayers because we need them more than ever. I probably won’t respond to any messages, but I appreciate them.

As Ramón’s doctor said on the phone just a bit ago, from a medical perspective, “A day that started very poorly has actually been a good day for Ramón.” I will share more when it’s appropriate. <3 Grateful for everyone in our corner.


  1. Sending you, Ramon and healing love energy.

  2. Sending you massive amounts of positive energy. Ramon is so strong and so are you.

  3. Wishing, praying, thinking, and hoping for strength, healing, and health. Sending love ❤

  4. I'm sending a hug and offering fervent prayers for you and Ramon, that God bless you with strength, healing and peace.

  5. Sending healing prayers for Ramon and prayers of support for you and family.

  6. Ofc. Woolwine (Southeast Corrections)April 23, 2020 at 3:50 PM

    Your family is in our hearts and prayers.


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