Jim Harris Keep Fighting Jimbo!

First post: Nov 29, 2020 Latest post: Dec 17, 2020
On Wednesday, November 18, Jimbo tested positive for Covid-19. The following day he began to exhibit symptoms such as muscle aches and fever. After a day or two, Jimbo’s symptoms subsided as well as his fever. Over the weekend, he developed a cough but was manageable. He began to monitor his pulse oxygen levels. 

On Tuesday, November 23, Jimbo was admitted to the hospital. His oxygen levels were lower than what they should be and he was a bit short of breath. His first night, he was on a low dose of oxygen and managed okay. Wednesday morning he was transferred to ICU to receive more oxygen through various ways including CPAP. Wednesday evening, he was feeling much much better. He was no longer in AFIB and his levels were good. He was even joking and back to his lively, talkative self. 

Thursday and Friday, Jimbo had to have more oxygen and his kidneys took a hit from the day before but were not to a point of serious concern. He was feeling pretty good - again, joking, posting selfies on Facebook, watching football, talking to his family on the phone and trying to be as independent in this situation as possible. And of course, he didn’t want anyone to worry. 

On November 28, Saturday morning, while standing up, Jimbo’s oxygen levels dropped dramatically and he passed out. The doctors were close by at the time and able to attend to him. He was then placed on a ventilator and due to the uncomfortable nature of this, he was sedated. His lungs are extremely inflamed and his body is trying to fight the infection this virus has caused. The ventilator will hopefully help Jimbo in the heavy lifting of breathing so his body can fight the infection. 

This fight isn’t an easy one for Jimbo as he has been fighting multiple myeloma for five years. This cancer forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Healthy plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. With multiple myeloma, these cancerous plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow and crowd out healthy blood cells. Which means his body has more of these unhelpful cells than the ones that can fight this infection. 

Jimbo is a fighter. A true larger than life person. He is positive and finds a way through any difficult situation - including his fight with cancer and even contracting this novel virus. 

This page has been created to update his family and friends on his journey. We will be receiving daily updates from his doctor with the hopes that he continues to fight and improve. 

Please check back for updates as we will try to update this daily. And more importantly, please send your prayers, love and light, strength and positive energy to Jimbo. Please also consider sending these positive wishes to his family including his children, Chris and Chelsea, his brother, MO and the rest of those who love him so dearly. 

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