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Updates on Jim Johnson
Dec 22, 2017 Latest post:
Mar 9, 2018
December 8th brought 10+ inches of snow to Georgia. Jim and Libby lost power to their home, like so many of us did. Jim went outside to wrap the pipes so they wouldn't freeze, and due to his bad back and arthritic knees, he was unable to get back to his feet after kneeling. When Libby finally got him back into the house after nearly half an hour outside in below freezing temperatures, he was so weak, he collapsed. The days that followed brought further weakness, and by Friday, December 15th, Jim was unable to walk. On Saturday, he was transported to the hospital, and has been there ever since. They performed several MRIs and a CT Scan, but they didn't reveal any answers except to confirm that his arthritis is typical for his age. But the weakness continued and he is now unable to move his arms and his legs. Yesterday, they performed a lumbar puncture, and it looks like he could possibly have Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Some of the cultures will take a few days to come back, but so far, his symptoms are pointing to this syndrome. The neurologists chose to go ahead and treat him for this instead of waiting any further and risking further complications. They said it could take ten days or more before we see any marked improvement, but we are hopeful for a full recovery. Jim is also a Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic, so getting him healthy again as quickly as possible is very important. He will have quite a bit of rehab in the weeks (and maybe months) ahead, so your prayers are coveted. We will keep you posted here as often as we can. Thank you for your support!