Update from David • Radioactive Eggs!


For about 6 months I have been in hibernation mode – other than staying warm and trying not to think about skiing, my mom and I have been going to Massachusetts General Hospital to get my stomach problems figured out. I’ve gotta say they have been doing a great job. Since I have a high level injury my insides don’t move too well and this makes me feel extremely full even when I have not eaten in a while. So, I constantly have stomach pain but now I’m on a new med that will help my insides work better. Yesterday I finished the last test that they needed which involved eating radioactive eggs and taking pictures of my stomach every two hours.👌🏻

Congrats to my mom for not falling asleep while driving since we got up at 3am for this and got home at 7pm!

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Update from David • July 24, 2015


A little late posting this but last week I received an invitation from Mark Race at GSIL to come shoot some guns at Monadnock Rod and Gun Club and, of course, I went for it haha. Never shot a gun before but it was an awesome experience and since I am in a chair I felt like a tank.. Especially when I got to shoot the bigger gun. Anyways just wanted to thank Outdoor Access, CMARS, Geoff Garfinkle, and Ruger fire arm who sponsored the hundreds of dollars in free brass for two hours👍 so fun



Update from David • July 15, 2015

I’m so pumped about this! Monday morning Williams construction started working on my room. When it’s all done, the door to my room will be a sliding door and I will have a desk in the “new” cut-out area. Before they started, the cut-out area was by the door to my room, so putting a desk in while it was there was not practical or safe. Doesn’t seem like much but swapping the closet and cut-out area opens up my room a ton and having a desk in my room will give me a dedicated area to focus on homework and hopefully my future job? Anyways, I’m totally stoked about this and want to thank Granite State Independent living for giving me a grant for this conversion and Williams Construction for taking it on🙏 Off to River Valley Community College for free enrollment day I’ll post more pictures when the conversion is all done👍

Room Conversion 1

Room Conversion 2

Group wall post by David Hudgik

We’re redesigning the way that the David’s Journey to Recovery website works, and we apologize for getting a bit behind with posting updates here. This is the latest Facebook post from David:

June 8 post

I want to let everyone know that my 5K fundraiser is coming up on September 12th. This is my first and probably ONLY fundraiser of the year.. So please help me get the word out by sharing the 5K website link –> HHL5K.org I want to say thank you to the few people have already set up their online fundraising pages to help me reach my goal, you guys are awesome👊 Just remember that you don’t have to be a runner to help out or participate. All the details are at HHL5K.org .. Thank you all

Update From the Hudgiks • May 2nd


This past Sunday David’s Aunt Lisa and Kristen came up for a visit and treated David to Sushi at the Tokyo Express. I think this was the first time in a long while that I have seen smiles on David’s face. Thanks guys. He really enjoyed the food and visit.

Unfortunately David is still suffering from abdominal pain. It has been getting worse and worse. He takes acetaminophen to help reduce the pain. Not sure what is causing it. We are working with all kinds of medical professionals to get a resolution and relief for David. 

Additionally he is suffering from pressure soars on his back and has to spend more and more time laying on his side in bed. At times he is getting very frustrated, but he has not given up.

A number of you have responded to us reaching out for caregivers. With everything going on we have not had a lot of time to sit down and go over things. We hope to get to it this weekend and will get back to you all shortly. Thank you for your patience and interest.

Looking forward to better days.

More posts coming shortly.

Thank you all for your support,

David’s Dad Paul

Update From The Hudgiks • April 24th

Trying to find balance. With a spinal cord injury just trying to find a balance in your everyday life can be a challenge.

As you overcome one challenge another one pops up. Currently David is dealing with a sore on his back. Most likely a result of the weight loss and having just bone on skin. To keep his weight off of the spot he is spending most of his time laying on his side in bed. Not much fun but it has to be done.

He does have something to look forward to. His Aunt Kristen, who lives in Rhode Island, and his Aunt Lisa, who lives in Massachusetts, are coming up for a visit this Sunday. Looks like he has them taking him out to lunch.

This Saturday David’s mom will be singing with the Chamber Singers of Keene at St. James Episcopal Church. Barbara has a very good voice and enjoys singing a lot. With the demands of caring for David she has not had a lot of time to get out and sing with her friends. If you are in the area stop in to hear the performance. It starts at 7pm.

David needs 24/7 care.
Currently, through Granite State Independent living, David has an opening for a caregiver. The position pays $10 hour. Currently he has about 25 hours a week available for a person that is looking for part time day work. Hours are flexible. Times can be setup for Monday through Sunday. Good position for a student, or someone looking to earn extra money. Great benefits you get to hangout and work with David.

If you are interested contact me at: phudgik@gmail.com

I have taken the last two days off from work to be with my family. Today I will be taking David for a doctors visit. Will keep you posted.

Thank you all for your support and prayers.

David’s Dad Paul

Update From The Hudgiks • April 18th

YEAH! David came home Thursday afternoon. The blockage in David’s digestive system was removed*. Internally things look good. Some residual pain but David is OK.

Going forward he has to keep working on gaining weight and building his strength.

Maybe now his mom can get some rest.

Thank you all for your prayers, kind thoughts and encouragement. It has meant a lot to David and family.

Will have further posts soon.

David’s Dad Paul

*We missed adding this post from the 14th to this Wordpress updates page.  This was posted on Facebook by David’s Dad on April 14th:

Another tough weekend for David. He has been in and out of the emergency room. Constantly doubled over in pain. Over the past month he has not been able to eat much and has lost more weight. He is 6″ 4″ and probably doesn’t weigh anymore than 117 lbs. He looks very frail.
We are all very worried but still remain hopeful that he will pull through and get stronger.

Tomorrow he goes to the hospital for a two day stay. They will be examining his digestive system to see why it is not working the way it should. There seems to some sort of blockage.

We will keep you posted.

Please pray for David.

David’s Dad Paul

Update From The Hudgiks • April 11th

Things have been very tough for David. Over the past month and a half. David has been suffering from severe abdominal pain. It has been so intense that at times it keeps him doubled over. It has made it difficult for him to eat, sleep and enjoy life.

He has been to the hospital many times but so far they have not been able to figure it out.

This coming Wednesday he will be admitted to the hospital to get prep for a colonoscopy on Thursday.

On a lighter note. This past Thursday night, while David was sleeping, his sister Emily filled his room with all kinds of balloons. The next morning was his birthday and on that day he did wake up with a BIG smile on his face.

Thank you all for your kind words on his birthday.

Keep David in your prayers.
David’s Dad Paul

Update From The Hudgiks • February 28th

The other day I heard a lot of yelling, shouting and laughing coming from the family room in the basement. I figured the kids were playing games on the Xbox. When I went down to see what was going on I was very surprised.

Giant Checkers

I guess my family is very competitive.

One disappointment this year. It looks like this will be the first year since David started skiing that he will not be on snow. It takes a lot to get him out on a sit-ski. For one you have to plan way in advance and set an appointment. It takes a number of people to get him ready and then help him while he is out on the mountain. There is also the sit-ski. He really needs one built to fit his body. Otherwise they can be uncomfortable. Also where once he embraced the cold and snow he now feels the cold much more and this has been a very cold year. Hopefully next season he will be out and about on a snow packed mountain.

Because of time and other things I have also not been able to get out and ski. On our cars we have bumper stickers that read, “I Ski For David”. I think I will go up to Granite Gorge tomorrow and do just that.

We are still looking for Ideas on how to raise money to obtain a vehicle that David can drive himself in. Any and all ideas are welcome.

Our doors are always open to visitors. Stop by and say hello.

Thank you all for your kindness, caring and support.

David’s Dad