YNN’s Casey Bortnick, who’s down in Washington covering the upstate House freshmen at their orientation, caught up this morning with Congressman-elect Tom Reed (NY-29), who is missing his scheduled swearing-in today after being hospitalized yesterday and diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs.

Reed told Bortnick he’s feeling much better and still resting in the hospital. He’s meeting with the doctors at about 11:00 a.m., and hopes to get a better idea then about when he will be released.

He said he’s had the symptoms – basically feeling run down and having shortness of breath – for the past few days, and now recognizes he should have paid closer attention to what his body was trying to tell him.

“Obviously hindsight is 20/20 but I should have been a little less stubborn,” Reed said.

“This whole experience has made me realize, and I hope everyone else realizes, that you need to listen to your body.”

When Reed will be sworn in remains up in the air. In the meantime, the congressman-elect said he has been “overwhelmed” by the amount of support and well-wishes he has received to date and sent thanks to everyone who has reached out.

UPDATE1: Bortnick reports that Reed will spend at least one more day in George Washington University Hospital.

UPDATE2: There’s an official statement from the congressman-elect’s office, which appears after the jump.

“I feel great and I am ready to get to work, but I am told that standard procedure in cases like this is bed rest as the medication does its job,” Reed said in a statement.

“While I am anxious to be released, I have to listen to the doctors. The people of the 29th District have been without representation in the House for more than eight months. We hope to take the oath as soon as possible. My hope is that this will happen in a day or two.”

“We’re already working – our offices in Washington (1208 Longworth House Office Building) and Corning (89 West Market Street) are handling casework and working on behalf of district residents and we’ll soon get to work on the floor of the House.”

“Jean and I are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we have received from all over New York State and here in Washington. We feel your prayers and very much appreciate your thoughts for us at this time.”

The Congressman-elect is in good condition and tests have not indicated any long-term concerns.