In his first public words since a letter bomb exploded in his Center City home last week, severely injuring him, Jim Alden said Tuesday that he is "resting at home and feeling a little bit better."
Alden, 60, who had been at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, described the medical challenges and slow recovery that lie ahead in a post to a site where donations are being collected on his behalf.
On Nov. 22, he suffered wounds to his face, chest, and hands after he picked up an envelope that had been left at his doorstep in the 1800 block of Pine Street. The envelope exploded as he opened it in his kitchen.
"My life changed on that day, and I still face more surgeries to deal with the significant damage to my left hand," Alden wrote.
"The 'shrapnel' damage to my face, chest, and arms is slowly healing, and a blister on my ear drum is affecting my hearing, but is supposed to heal," he said.
"At this point, I only know that I have a long road ahead of me, and I will likely be unable to work for quite some time," he said.
As of Tuesday night, more than $16,000 of the $25,000 goal had been raised at the YouCaring online site.
"What I want to say at this point is how overwhelmed I have been at the outpouring of love and support that I've received from my partner, family, friends, and coworkers," Alden said.
He did not provide any update on the criminal investigation, except to say that local, state, and federal authorities were "working hard to solve this crime."
For more information on the fund-raiser, go here.