When he suffered his first pulmonary embolism, Jeremy Kube said it felt like he was underwater, unable to catch his breath, no matter how hard he tried.
Living in New Hampshire at the time, the former emergency medical technician and volunteer firefighter found himself critically ill. Sweating profusely and stressing his heart, he went through several bags of intravenous fluid just during the ambulance ride to the hospital, where he eventually spent 13 days, including several in the intensive care unit. “It was bad,” he says.
Fast forward 11 years. Kube (pronounced cue-bee), a fire protection engineer, is living in Bethlehem. When he woke on March 9, 2022, his right calf hurt, and he thought he had pulled a muscle. His wife, Mary, used a massager on the calf to try to give him some relief. She went to work and Kube left to conduct a fire protection inspection at a high-end shopping center in northern New Jersey, not far from New York City.