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  • Drew Dotson

Day +3: Much more cowbell

Post-transplant selfie

First, let me disclose that this photo is the first we took post-transplant on April 10. It looks much less hot-messish than anything I could have documented from today.

I'll keep it short because I am majorly sleep deprived, but Ramón's fever escalated throughout the night, topping out at 106.9F. I didn't even know that was possible, but it is. He's been in the 106- point-something arena many times today.

There was a period this morning when Ramón was feeling really well. We did seven laps before noon, which was great. When I went into the hallway solo, the nurses whispered to me about his lack of hiccups; we were all so excited!

So, naturally, we reentered Hiccuptown around 1:00 this afternoon, and Ramón hiccupped every four seconds for more than four hours. My heart broke because even the hiccups sounded exhausted. Finally, between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m., they stopped! It was a joyous time, but they've now been back for more than an hour. The doctors are still trying to identify and treat the cause, and I think we're getting closer.

Today Ramón got one dose of chemo, meaning he has one remaining tomorrow. Hopefully his last chemo dose EVER! Ramón also got a unit of blood because his values were pretty low. Lastly, he acquired some new medical décor in the form of another IV line (a PICC) placed in his arm so his anti-rejection med can have its own line when he starts it Wednesday.

If Ramón can get through the night without being covered in ice packs at any point, I'll consider the night victorious.

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