If you look to Philippe Reines for your information, you get short and sometimes not so sweet. His concise press release yesterday provided no details and had Mme. Secretary working from home over the coming week. We know Philippe would walk through fire to protect her, but the truth is that there are readers out here who love her just as fiercely as he does and are hungry for details and reassurances that our “prized political buttercup,” as Perez Hilton calls her, is recovering and doing just fine. So the updates today emanate from several sources.
We found the following details in today’s New York Times.
The fainting episode occurred after Mrs. Clinton, who is being widely discussed as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, became dehydrated because of a stomach virus she contracted during a trip to Europe, according to statements released by a close adviser and her doctors.
One State Department official said Mrs. Clinton fainted when she was alone at her home in Washington but added that the concussion was not diagnosed until Thursday. He said the concussion was not severe.
Acting on the advice of her doctors, Mrs. Clinton will not go to the State Department this week but will work from home, the State Department said.
“Secretary Clinton developed a stomach virus, leading to extreme dehydration, and subsequently fainted,” her doctors, Dr. Lisa Bardack of the Mount Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University, said on Saturday.
In contrast to this, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported last night on CNN that the SOS has been forbidden to work in the coming week and has been ordered on “brain rest.” He elaborated that this means no work and no newspapers. No one, hearing this, can actually imagine Hillary Clinton able to follow that particular order.
We all hope Mme. Secretary is resting and are sure she is receiving the best of care. We wish her a speedy and complete recovery and see no reason why she should be returning to work until after the first of the year.