UPDATE (Jim): I am putting this at the top but I should have some definitive information on health and return tomorrow, with final word coming Wednesday. Thank you all for your prayers. They are working. Check back tomorrow evening. And God Bless you all.
Update: Jim returns to the air on Monday, Jan. 25.
In this post you’ll find and update on Jim’s condition as we are able to post it. WTIC and CBS Radio have been very supportive, and let him know he is an important part of the team and they want him to come back healthy. We will keep this post updated and “bump” it up to the top position as necessary.
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From the iPhone so I will make this quick. By now many of you have figured out this has been more than taking a couple days off for my health. My disease flared suddenly and pretty brutally and early yesterday morning I was admitted to the hospital. Under great care. The attending physician is a good friend of mine.
Bottom line here is I won’t be back on air for a bit longer. Don’t have the strength to assemble the show or the acuity to run it either.
A couple points. I want to thank Steve for keeping the blog going. He’s the point person on my illness so if you questions he probably has the answers. We have talked each night I’ve been here. I also want to thank the SOS for her continued blogging on health care and the law. It finally gives the substance.
I do want to thank you for the e-mails. They meant so much to me and I and my Docs agree they seem to be helping me heal. So thank you, and I will keep you all in touch.
Jim was released from the hospital earlier today after consulting with physicians. He’s back home, resting and feeling better after a full three days at the hospital. Since this is pretty public for Jim, he wants everyone to know how serious his situation was during last week. It’s important for listeners and readers to know the autoimmune disease Jim has – most likely Lupus – is very serious and there is no cure, but it can be managed and that is the next step for Jim and his doctors to work out. Unfortunately, this was not a “take a few days off and rest up” type of situation.
Jim has spoke with the management of WTIC and CBS Radio and they have been very supportive. Jim will be taking a leave of absence he hopes will be short, but his physicians have basically demanded he take time off and put his efforts into getting well under their direct care.
Ray Dunaway has been a great friend to Jim and very supportive. He’s been on the air the past few weekdays – when he can – to substitute for Jim. From what we understand, the tentative plan is to have Ray fill in for Jim from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET, and have a playback from Sean Hannity’s show between 10 a.m. and noon ET. Details should be released on the WTIC site soon.
One other thing. We understand that many listeners are asking WTIC management what will happen to the show. For now, everyone is taking it day-by-day. Instead of contacting them, your best bet will be to check WTIC or this site for updates. When there is information to be released, it will be released online.
You can continue to send e-mails to Jim through our Contact Us page.