What happens when the Mets beat the Dodgers?
By David L. BunchNew York (AP) A Mets fan named Joe was at home in Florida watching his team play against the Los Angeles Dodgers, when the first pitch hit him in the stomach.
Joe is one of more than 20,000 people in Florida who have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which has no cure and can be life-threatening.
His symptoms include difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting.
Joe, who works in a medical supply store, said he has been on medication for six months.
Joe’s disease is extremely rare.
About 2,400 people have it in the U.S. but most people do not get sick, and the disease is not caused by bacteria, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Joe has been hospitalized at three different hospitals in Florida and the hospital where he has received his treatment, but he has not yet returned to work.
The Mets are hosting a baseball game on Sunday at Citi Field against the Nationals in a nationally televised game.
Joe and others like him have waited weeks for a diagnosis.
He has been unable to go to work, school or to his job at a medical supplies store.
“This has been a long time coming, it’s not going to be easy.
But we’ll do whatever it takes to get him home,” said his wife, Marissa.
The Dodgers have won seven straight games against the Mets, and they are leading the NL West by two games.
The Mets have lost two of their last three games, losing by an average of 11.5 runs in that span.
Joe, a 28-year-old construction worker, was diagnosed with the disease in March.
He is still receiving treatment and has undergone three tests, but doctors are hopeful that the disease will go away soon.
“There’s no cure, but we’ll keep working until we get a positive result,” said Marissa, who is a nurse practitioner.
Joe and his wife are hoping for a positive response from their doctor, who was not available for comment.
They have been told that the Mets will be ready to play in New York in five days.
Joe said he is still struggling to get used to feeling weak, but said he feels better now than he has in weeks.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he said.