My dear friends and fans and members of the I-Family,
Two weeks ago today, I suffered a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that travelled through my heart and lodged itself at the junction between my pulmonary artery and both lungs. I passed out, was revived by a bonafide Angel of New York City, (With the abundance of unconscious male bodies strewn about the sidewalks of 32nd street at 5:30 A.M., I am honored he chose me to rescue) and after dragging myself to the Rainbow Studios, wound up being accompanied by Christy Mac via ambulance to St. Vincent's Hospital, where my team of truly gifted doctors, led by Dr. Frederick Rappaport and Dr. Tom Bernik, as well as an amazing nursing staff, virtually saved my life. A clot was removed from my leg, a filter was placed in the artery between my heart and kidney, and will be undergoing blood thinner therapy on an ongoing basis.
Today I finally return home to my family, where I will be recuperating for the next couple of weeks, until I get the go ahead to go back to work live in the studio. I'll continue to phone in each morning, from my fortress of solitude on Long Island, and should be back doing stand up shows beginning in October.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of you who kept me in your thoughts and prayers, sent cards, and made donations to the ranch during this very frightening and challenging time in my life. I was deeply moved by the enormous outpouring of love and support from in you all, and I want you to know that, in the darkest moments over the past couple of weeks, the blessing of your kind thoughtfulness was instrumental in aiding my recovery.
I am honored to know, and continue to be amazed by, the devotion and loyalty of the special group of people known as the fans and supporters of the Imus in the Morning Program. You are, indeed, the best of the best, and I truly appreciate the support.
I know I am a very lucky man today, as I certainly dodged a bullet here, but I vow to use that gift for good, and not evil.
Hopefully, the removal of the clots will make me funnier than I was before. It certainly didn't do anything to improve the size of my penis.