14 Jun Hillary Clinton – Too Sick to be President? IV
The recent furor over Hillary Clinton’s medical fitness to be president has its genesis in a medical incident that occurred eighteen months previously, near the end of her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State. The Clintons’ well-deserved reputation for dissembling, the delay in announcing the nature of Mrs. Clinton’s medical situation at the time, and the timing of her illness (she was scheduled to testify before Congress about the Benghazi attack) combined then, and continue now, to propagate this political/medical controversy.
In retrospect, there should be no continuance of this matter. The facts are established. They are presented in the following time line:
December 7, 2012: Mrs. Clinton returned home from a European trip, probably with a viral infection contacted abroad.
December 8-9, 2012: Indisposed at home with a “stomach virus.”
December 9, 2012: Dehydrated, fainted, struck head and suffered a concussion.
December 15, 2012: First announcement to the public by a Clinton spokesman, who confirmed her situation above, and continued, “She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors.”
Two Week News Blackout Followed.
December 30, 2012: Mrs. Clinton was rushed to New York City’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. A brain scan disclosed a right subdural hematoma (a clot between the skull and the surface of the brain). Her physicians concluded that this was the result of her prior concussion; they also concluded that there had been no stroke and no neurologic damage. Three days of anticoagulation and close observation followed.
January 3, 2013: Hillary Clinton, looking subdued, was released from the hospital. Her treatment included anticoagulation. Its length was not disclosed.
Late January, 2013: Mrs. Clinton was spotted wearing Fresnel prisms in her eyeglasses. These prisms are used to correct diplopia (double vision) which is a common, but temporary, complication of a concussion.
The saga continues.