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Update on the Hotdogman

This has truly been a lost summer for the Hotdogman. On Memorial Day weekend, my knee swelled up like a cantaloupe. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. The knee was swollen and immobile. I was told to stay off it and keep it immobilized while taking antibiotics to control the Lyme.

Once the swelling went down, nearly a month later I got an MRI and was scheduled to see an orthopedist on July 6. On July 5, I had major chest pain. I thought I had broken a rib. I went to the ER and was found to have a MASSIVE pulmonary embolism. This is a blood clot in the lung caused by a blood clot in the leg breaking loose and traveling to the lung. The admitting doctor said people who have embolisms that big usually show up at the hospital already dead! I was lucky to be alive.

I spent 36 hours in ICU and a total of 8 days in the hospital. I will be OK, but I need to take blood thinning medication for the foreseeable future.

My knee has torn cartilage and it is still swollen and painful. I can't get it fixed because I am on the blood thinners. With a little PT, I should be able to get around OK. I am shooting to go back in a couple of weeks, I am itching to get back to the Hot Dog Truck!

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BenSpark said...

I am glad that you are on the mend, but wow that was something to go through and survive. The pulmonary Embolism and all. Hope to see you when you are back at the truck. I'll make a special trip, and bring friends.

Anonymous said...

Your story is inspiring. I wish the best for a speedy recovery and hope you are on the road again sellin dogs.
Ann L.
Santa Rosa Ca

Anonymous said...

Is the cart for sale? I e-mailed the ad on craigslist but I think it bounced back.

Anonymous said...

I tried seeing if it was still for sale, but the e-mail bounced. How can I contact you?

hotdogman said...

Link fixed on Craiglist....

Anonymous said...

Incredibley inspiring story, I wish you a speedy recovery! Take care.

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