Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized at New York Presbyterian Hospital today after doctors say she suffered a blood clot during a follow-up exam related to a concussion she suffered this month, said her spokesman, Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Reines. He elaborated that Hillary will remain at the hospital for the next 48 hours, so doctors can "continue to assess" her condition, "including other issues associated with her concussion," treat her with anti-coagulants, and "determine if any further action is required." Ugh.
The concussion occurred while Hillary was suffering from a stomach virus earlier in the month. (You know, the same virus some conservatives were claiming to be political fakery that would conveniently allow the Secretary of State to avoid testifying in an open Congressional hearing about the September 11 U.S. Consulate attacks in Benghazi -- which now sounds even more ridiculous.) She fainted due to dehydration, causing the concussion. So scary.
While Reines didn't specify where the blood clot was, thankfully it sounds like her doctors have the situation under control ... Still, it's just plain horrible to think about Hillary suffering from an emergency health issue like this. We always see her looking so strong and so cool (especially over the past year, what with the Texts from Hillary meme and all), so in control, so jet-set, having logged more than 400 travel days and nearly a million miles.
Hillary was actually supposed to return to work this week, after having been out for the past three weeks due to this illness. But clearly, her personal well-being and full recovery now is much, much more important. Fingers crossed her condition improves quickly, but also completely before she heads back to D.C. to wrap up her incredibly busy tenure as secretary of state. Because while it may not be right away, we're talking about a truly amazing, inspiring, potentially presidential stateswoman here. A woman who MUST get well soon, because well after she walks away from the State Department, she'll still have a lot of work to do.
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