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Sepkowitz writes: "The mystery of what is ailing Hillary Clinton took an unsettling turn Sunday with the announcement that she was being hospitalized in New York City to treat a 'clot' with blood thinners."

Hillary Clinton was hospitalized to treat a 'clot' Sunday after a recent illness, fainting, and concussion. (photo: Reuters)
Hillary Clinton was hospitalized to treat a 'clot' Sunday after a recent illness, fainting, and concussion. (photo: Reuters)


FOCUS | How Sick Is Hillary Clinton?

By Kent Sepkowitz, The Daily Beast

31 December 12

 

he mystery of what is ailing Hillary Clinton took an unsettling turn Sunday with the announcement that she was being hospitalized in New York City to treat a "clot" with blood thinners. As with the fainting and concussion announcement of a few weeks ago, the absence of information makes it very difficult - impossible, actually - to know whether Secretary Clinton is truly ill or simply in the midst of one of the routine bumps one receives known as middle age.

Here are the facts as carried by The Associated Press and parroted by the rest of the world: she is being treated for the clot, anatomic site unknown, "stemming from the concussion" of mid-December. The clot was discovered on a Sunday follow-up exam; right now she is receiving anticoagulants to prevent extension of the clot and will be in the hospital 48 hours. That's all. It is noteworthy that she has received anticoagulants before, in 1998, after developing a clot behind her right knee, though the AP report does not mention the previous episode.

So, Kremlinologists, what do you think? Is Clinton faking a "diplomatic illness," as suggested by John Bolton and echoed by other members on the incredulous right? Or is she mighty sick and maybe dying, and the Clinton misdirection machine is simply spewing out falsehoods to throw people like me off the scent? Or is she really being treated for a clot related to the concussion, and once again our desperate need to inflate all things Clinton into a psychodrama requires us to assume nothing is quite what it seems?

Unlike the relatively bland "concussion after fainting" pronouncement from earlier this month, this terse press release from her spokesman smells a little fishy. First it is odd that we are not told where the clot is - usually the clot, referred to as thrombophlebitis, occurs in the leg, a condition suffered by former president Richard Nixon after leaving the White House. The clot can be uncomfortable but is only dangerous and even life-threatening if it breaks free and travels downstream into the lung - a pulmonary embolus, in medical parlance. This is a condition that former vice president Dan Quayle developed soon after his term ended and that almost killed Serena Williams last year. Given that Clinton already has had this condition and those who have had one episode have a predilection to recurrence, the lack of a reminder of the 1998 clot from her press people seems a strange oversight.

Another problem with the "concussion then clot" story is this - the concussion, if indeed it came after a faint, should not directly predispose Clinton to a clot. Trauma to the leg or to the hips and pelvis might cause a clot, but we were not told of any leg injury. If there is no predisposing trauma - well, that might mean real trouble. "Trousseau's sign" refers to a clot that forms in persons with cancer due to a tendency seen in many common cancers to readily form clots.

Alternatively, is it possible that the clot in question is one in the lining of the brain that can form after head trauma. She did have a concussion after some sort of impact to her head. Here, again, there is a presidential precedent. Ronald Reagan, soon after the end of his time in the hot seat, developed the condition called "subdural hematoma" after a horseback-riding accident. But anticoagulation is never given to persons with clots around the brain. They are either watched without intervention or surgically evacuated. So this possible explanation is out.

We are left with a story that is not easy to connect up with sparse information from the inside crowd, who could easily deflate speculation with two or three more measly facts. The National Enquirer has already declared Clinton to be suffering from a brain tumor, linking her observed weight gain, possibly from treatment for the putative cancer, and not-exactly-explained need to leave Obama's cabinet to the grim diagnosis. Such a story no longer seems to me as implausible as it did after the faint and concussion reports.

Unlike politics, where truth can remain hidden forever, in medicine, sooner or later, the truth will out. Always.

Weakling that I am, I think I will give Clinton the benefit of the doubt one last time. Like so many, the thought of a life without the Clintons strikes me as more than a little sad, and so my judgment may be clouded.

But here goes: as someone with a history of clot, it may be that the bed rest she took after the concussion caused a clot recurrence. Bed rest is well known to do just that, which is why hospitals go to great lengths to prevent clot in bed-bound hospitalized patients by applying inflatable stockings to squeeze the calves intermittently or else by giving injections of blood thinner. And maybe her concussion was pretty bad, and she was dizzy and miserable and in bed a lot, and eventually the clot returned. And she or Sunday's doctor spotted it, and she really only needs 48 hours in the hospital to smooth things out and be sent on her way.

Maybe. In the swirl of guesses and smart-guy insights, this much about her condition is certain - unlike politics, where truth can remain hidden forever, in medicine, sooner or later, the truth will out. Always.

 

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+165 # NanFan 2012-12-31 10:59
I would hardly call Secretary Clinton "middle-aged," as she is 65, which qualifies her as "elderly," as is true for all of us in our 60's or later.

That having been said, she is aging, as we all are, and I pray that this is not a strong, unspoken-about illness that ends her life, but...she has not looked well for a long, long time before the reported concussion.

If she is severely ill, the best thing she has done is to step down from the extremely stressful position of Secretary of State.

My thoughts are with her and her family for a healthy 2013...and the same goes to all of you, my friends at RSN!

N.
 
 
+44 # PeterSee 2012-12-31 15:07
"Elderly"? That starts at 70. We that are just over sixty are past middle age and into "late maturity." :)
 
 
+6 # Smokey 2012-12-31 16:28
[quote name="PeterSee" ]"Elderly"? That starts at 70. We that are just over sixty are past middle age and into "late maturity."

If life expectancy were 130, then age 65 would, indeed, be middle age.
 
 
+20 # dmcquaide 2013-01-01 06:01
I think we are in the youth of old age.
 
 
+1 # brux 2013-01-01 22:16
0-30's, youth
40-60's, middle age
70-whatever, old age
 
 
+16 # cynnibunny 2013-01-02 02:11
You must be young. Let me guess: in your late 20's or 30's?

I think things have changed, mostly because of exercise, more nutritious (less toxic) foods, and the cult of youth....

0-20, young and naive
21-39, young and maturing
40-55, middle-aged and mature (hopefully)
56-69, middle-aged and growing wise
70-85, senior and staying active
86-100+, senior and at peace with the world (hopefully)

That's my recipe. What do you think?
 
 
+9 # AndreM5 2013-01-01 10:10
We are "seniors" to the govt, bus lines, movie theaters, etc. The other terms are vague.
 
 
+2 # Muzzi 2013-01-02 17:24
This article seems too trashy for RSN to post. I cannot believe they would stoop so low. It is something out of the National Enquirer.
 
 
+129 # fishmother 2012-12-31 11:05
Someone who obviously considers himself a smart guy, as you do, really ought to have something smart to say. Your shots at Clinton were cheap, devoid of wit & ill timed. The only person you successfully cast aspersions upon was yourself.
 
 
+108 # Liberalthinker 2012-12-31 12:17
The Clinton family is used to cheap shots and to folks who cast cheap and unbecoming shots at their character when each of them (the Clintons), in spite of flaws ,is far above ALL, not just most, of the cheap shot artists ..in service to our country and in VALUE to our government. Those who shoot need to shut-up and wish them a healthy 2013.
 
 
-34 # JackB 2012-12-31 20:17
I did not support the policies of Clinton but there is no denying he is one of the most charismatic public figures of the last - & early part of this - century.

People who measure success by the attainment of power & money would have to consider the Clintons successful. They are both very good politicians, especially Bill. I am talking about politics as a skill or an art, not their positions on issues.

Bill in particular a very likeable guy. In fact, like Obama, he seems to be coated in teflon - no matter how bad nothing sticks to them. For someone living out their life in the public eye that is a great asset.

When I view them as people & not public figures I find them wanting. I do not consider either of them to be moral or immoral. I consider them to be amoral. I do not believe either of them comprehends the word "moral". They act as if their guiding principle is - what is good for them is right. The only concern is whether it would get them in trouble. I don't think they are bad people. I think it is just the way they are.
 
 
-1 # brux 2013-01-01 22:20
Clinton and Obama are both charismatic, but unfortunately most of that is talk and image, when it comes down to actions is not followed through on, they are Liberal faces to preside over a Conservative agenda.
 
 
-6 # Artemis 2013-01-02 07:23
Don't know why JackB received so many negatives.
I think he is absolutely right in saying both Clintons are amoral.
 
 
+38 # curmudgeon 2012-12-31 12:19
My thought at the 'fainting...con cussion' was one of scepticism.

The latest gives me some belief that she had a stroke that caused her to lose consciousness, fall, concussion.

Maybe they misdiagnosed..o r? Who knows?

The fact they rushed her to use the 'magic' anticoagulent (sp?) means original problem was more serious...now maybe even stroke? Scenario lends itself.

My personal history with strokes is my basis...but I could be wrong!
For her sake, I hope so.
 
 
+102 # wipster 2012-12-31 13:41
Fainting after getting up quickly, especially while recovering from an illness, is not uncommon... I've had it happen to me several times and I've twice hit my head hard enough to split my lip and almost take out an eye, still have the scars to prove it. I'm relatively certain that I sustained a concussion on both occasions, however I can't prove it as I didn't go to a doctor or the emergency room.

The reason I bring this up is that it's very plausible that this is what happened to Ms. Clinton. It really disgusts me that everyone has such a hard time believing it, as well as the blood clot, probably in her leg based on the treatment.

Ms. Clinton has been exceptional as our Secretary of State, and even though I think Senator Kerry will also do a great job, she will be a hard act to follow. I just wish her the best and hope she gets better as soon as possible... I look forward to voting for her as our next President!
 
 
+52 # mdhome 2012-12-31 15:22
So true. I take the statement by john bolton as being proof that there is nothing untruthful about Mrs. Clintons diagnosis. He has never had true thought in his life.
 
 
+19 # Muzzi 2013-01-01 10:10
I thought Bolton's reputation was "known to be a liar".
 
 
-7 # Artemis 2013-01-02 07:31
What was exceptional about her Secretary of State sojourn? What I remember is a series of tough positions that I completely disagreed with and I believe they will, in time, be proven wrong. A sheen of control barely disguises her arrogant and typically American government imperialistic position.
If you think that her speeches to the heads of other countries were anything but empty displays of white US supremacism, then you have bought into the very same ideology.
 
 
+65 # Abigail 2012-12-31 12:45
Even, or especially, in dire times, why can't you leave the Clintons alone? of what value is it to you, the writer, or us, the readers, to speculate on the Clintons, when it is obvious there is a problem. But you don't have to drag the story out with a sensationalist approach. Let them alone!
 
 
+40 # Robert B 2012-12-31 12:50
I like Hillary, but I think buying into her "invincibility" in 2016 is way premature, especially if she has other health issues in the next four years. Reagan was too old. Bob Dole was too old. Ron Paul was too old. Hillary will be 69 in 2016. Senator Paul Tsongas, running for President in 1992, would have died in his first term if he had been elected. Even JFK, who looked terrific, was apparently ill with Addison's Disease. Let's see what Hillary actually looks like several years from now.

I wouldn't mind another chance to vote for Howard Dean, actually.
 
 
+38 # mdhome 2012-12-31 15:24
HEAR HEAR! I am in agreement, I never did get what it was about that "scream" that was a big deal!
 
 
+27 # bigcatguy 2012-12-31 17:00
It was because the rightwing scream machine hooped and hollared and the MSM bowed down to them as they always do. Howard Dean would have mad an exceptional president.
 
 
+5 # Firefox11 2013-01-02 16:44
The so-called scream was actually Mr. Dean speaking to his supporters in a very noisy room; but was blown out of all proportion, by.....you guessed it, Fox News. Now, I wonder why they would have done that, as Dean was ahead in the polls, as an anti-war candidate.
 
 
+7 # cynnibunny 2013-01-02 02:19
My choice is Elizabeth Warren. That grandma has gumption! I don't know how old she is, but she looks like she could outlast everyone: Hillary, Jeb, Huntsman, and Howard.

I agree with you Robert B. Hillary is not invincible.
 
 
+103 # pstamler 2012-12-31 12:51
"not-exactly-ex plained need to leave Obama's cabinet"? When HRC accepted the appointment as Sec. of State in late 2008, she announced that she would only remain for a single presidential term -- that she'd leave the post in Jan. 2013. She's doing exactly what she said she'd do.
 
 
+106 # DaveM 2012-12-31 12:55
This is pure speculation.

Hillary Clinton's health, apart from any degree to which it might affect her ability to do her job, is a private matter. If she and her family wish to make details public, they will no doubt do so in their own time.

Meanwhile, the information we have provides no reason for suspicion or to indulge in public drama or intrigue. When The National Enquirer is cited as a source, one cannot help but wonder about the integrity of the entire piece.

Far better than this: leave well enough alone.
 
 
+30 # hilchris 2012-12-31 14:15
Well said! I totally agree!
 
 
+53 # smilodon1 2012-12-31 12:55
What a nothing article. She's in her 60s and blood clots aren't uncommon.

he mystery of what is ailing Hillary Clinton took an unsettling turn Sunday with the announcement that she was being hospitalized in New York City to treat a "clot" with blood thinners."

The quotes around clot are totally unjustified and there is no mystery. I had hoped RSN would avoid this kind of shoddy reporting. Why invent a conspiracy?
 
 
+112 # Patriot 2012-12-31 13:01
Although I am no particular fan of Mrs. Clinton's, I cannot help being nauseated by this article. She has, mostly quite gallantly, lived her life under the microscope of public curiosity for many, many years. Must she be hounded and accused for the mere fact of having resigned from her job, giving the stae of her health as reason to do so?

From those who admire and respect her she should be receiving only their unadulterated good wishes for a speedy and full recovery. Anyone else ought to keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves.

The press have long assumed a right to know every tiniest detail of the lives of prominent people, whether in government, entertainment, business, or science. But, since I am not subject to such prying, thank the merciful Lord, I have never felt that anyone else should be, either.

Mrs. Clinton is not obligated to explain or elucidate anything. No one else is entitled to construe whatever has or has not been said publicly on her behalf as anything more than the ordinary meaning of such words.

This particular article is utterly vile. It is not NEWS, nor even a decent and intelligent evaluation of NEWS; it is prurient trashy speculation. Shame on Mr. Sepkowitz for writing it; shame on RSN for disemminating it.
 
 
+58 # hilchris 2012-12-31 14:14
I so agree with your discussion. It sickens me that this constant bashing of the Clinton's goes on.

Lets stop all the congesture and ernestly wish Hillary Gods speed for a full recovery!
 
 
+26 # alanburr 2012-12-31 13:07
yeah, a pretty low level discussion. To start with, better and more accurate information might be good (e.g., the identification of Trousseau's Sign doesnt sound like anything in a medical dictionary), and something like a informed medical opinion might be useful, don't you think? At least run it by somebody who is familiar with medical situations..oth erwise, why bother?
 
 
+49 # WBoardman 2012-12-31 13:10
Dem rep.:
Republicans questioning Clinton concussion
think moon landing was staged too

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/31/dem-rep-republicans-questioning-clinton-concussion-think-moon-landing-was-staged-too/?utm_source=Raw+Story+Daily+Update&utm_campaign=d5a877859f-12_31_1212_31_2012&utm_medium=email
 
 
+18 # ellenandron 2012-12-31 13:35
FWIW - a 48 hour treatment for a clot is really minimal...so after all the speculation, and the few repeated Republican nasty digs, your conclusion is pretty good, and I'm willing to go along with it for the time being. I truly hope that a leg clot is all we end up talking about, but I wonder why it formed. Usually in people who have the tendency to form blood clots, such as myself, we stay on a coumadin style regimen for the balance of our lives and that pretty much eliminates the formation of new clots. And if one does form, then hospitalization and a heperin drip is what is called for, for at least 48 hours, because it usually takes that long for the coumadin to become effective. Sometimes, in lieu of the drip, patients are permitted to go home and are injected every six hours with the heperin for a few days. I've been there, done that!
 
 
+5 # Lao Tzu 2012-12-31 14:11
Me Heart attack due to clotting DVT as well as pulmonary embolisms. done the heparin injections. Better safe than sorry.Or for the sake of sensationalism It's a cover up and international plot.
 
 
+25 # MoT 2012-12-31 13:43
Kent methinks you need to have a broader understanding of what can cause clots. You have only brushed the surface. Yes, I know of what I speak. Having had two episodes as a young and extremely healthy and fit person. And having one pre-1998 and told the cause was one thing (thorasic outlet syndrome) and then suffering a second, post 1998 and learning there was a completely different cause: Factor Five Leiden. Why was this not noted with the first clot is that there was no test for this condition pre-1998. Oh and both clots in my arm (yes they dont always favor the legs, the lungs or the brain).
After the first I did not think (esp since I was 32 at the time) I would suffer another. so perhaps before you and everyone else cont conspiracy theories and speculation, I suggest waiting to hear from her medical team.
I dont claim to know all causes of clots (I am not a Dr not do I play one on TV) but thought by sharing my personal experience might help to broaden your understanding that every instance of a clot occurring does not fit neatly into a tiny box of a handful of probable causes.
 
 
+1 # MoT 2012-12-31 15:47
and how could I forget...both incidences resulted in hospital stays of over a week (not the you'll be outta here in a couple of days)
 
 
+44 # Charles3000 2012-12-31 13:50
My prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery are with Hillary Clinton. And 65 is NOT so old. I was 65 and remember it well...only 15 years ago.
 
 
+48 # Regina 2012-12-31 13:52
I don't see any contribution here from an M.D., so all this is gossip, including the article to begin with. And some of the comments are malevolent. We do expect better from RSN. BTW, I am a survivor of two DVT's (not from a concussion) and am on an anti-coagulant for the rest of my life. I think we can rest assured that her diagnosis and treatment at NYPres are (1) correct, and (2) her business, not ours.
 
 
+4 # Doctor J 2013-01-02 12:27
Quoting Regina:
I don't see any contribution here from an M.D., so all this is gossip, including the article to begin with. And some of the comments are malevolent. We do expect better from RSN. BTW, I am a survivor of two DVT's (not from a concussion) and am on an anti-coagulant for the rest of my life. I think we can rest assured that her diagnosis and treatment at NYPres are (1) correct, and (2) her business, not ours.

Okay, here's an M.D. commenting. The article is so full of speculation and misinformation that it is not worth reading. Mrs. Clinton developed a clot known as a "sinus venous thrombosis." As explained by Dr. Larry Goldstein of Duke University's stroke center, which deals with many and varied disorders, the clot developed in a blood drainage channel. This is the equivalent of a big vein in the back of the skull. This condition is one of the few situations treated with blood thinners. I think the author of this article googled anything related to clots and wrote the article using all the information with very little understanding of any of it.
 
 
+19 # Barbara K 2012-12-31 14:09
By the way, people die from Blood Clots. We had a great reporter in Iraq who died from a blood clot in his leg. I remember it well, and I bet you folks do too.
 
 
+18 # bsager892 2012-12-31 14:11
One of my favorite lines from "Postcards from the Edge:" Meryl Streep said to Shirley McClain, "How many 120-year-old people do you know, Mother?" My point is that Hillary is entering old age (my age) (not middle age as mentioned above) and will encounter more and more ailments. But blood clots are not "old person" maladies. Factors that cause them include smoking, heredity, estrogen replacement therapy, diabetes and long term plane/auto travel, just to name a few.
 
 
+18 # LML 2012-12-31 15:14
65 is entering "old age"? Gimme a break!!

Maybe if you are 30 you think 65 is old, but that is onlu due to your lack of perspective.
 
 
+7 # cynnibunny 2013-01-02 02:27
I remember when I was 20: 30 was old!
I remember when I was 30: 40 was old!

I remember when I hit my 40's, I accepted being middle-aged, but did not consider that old at all. 60 was old I thought.

Now I'm 55, and I will accept that 75 is old. I graduated a rigorous college in 2009, the only student over 30 in the psychology department. I'm planning a PhD before I get 'old'!
 
 
+58 # kalpal 2012-12-31 14:30
John Bolton is as credible as GW Bush, Dick Cheney, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the gravel in my back yard.
 
 
+29 # mdhome 2012-12-31 15:40
I dare say your gravel is more to be believed.
 
 
+11 # mike/ 2012-12-31 14:46
Bolton NOW is saying it has nothing to do with Benghazi but with her possible 2016 run for president, that he believes a certainty, to set it up and protect her from future inquiries in that venue.

these guys are quick on the conspiracy theories of any sort, but how often are they successful? there is always someone who can't keep her/his mouth shut.

well, except in the case of JFK's assassination. teehee...
 
 
+40 # eaglew 2012-12-31 14:49
Hillary has been an exceptionally effective Secretary of State. She has been a real credit to our nation and I wish her well in her recovery. Both my wife's and my prayers are with her.
 
 
+30 # fredboy 2012-12-31 15:08
Exactly two years ago our family took our granddaughter sledding on a nearby hill. I slipped on ice, slamming my head on pavement, and suffered a severe concussion.
At the time I was reportedly lucid for three hours, yet only remember (1) about five seconds in a car, (2) five seconds in an ambulance, and (3) less than five seconds in a CT scan.

The resulting headache was excruciating--f or five months. It still returns as a massive "V", the point at my nose, the width spanning my forehead. Thankfully, it is getting less and less severe. My first series of headaches ever--I had none for 61 years.

Hillary, other accident victims, sports injury victims, and so many others are experiencing extremely dangerous conditions resulting from head trauma. Understand them, encourage them, and help them.

My lessons: Help all who fall or in any way suffer head trauma. Recognize ongoing symptoms and needs. Be careful --as I learned so directly, gravity is a bitch.

Wishing all of you wellness as I share the best lesson: celebrate every day. And make every day your best day. They are precious.
 
 
+4 # divadoc 2012-12-31 15:09
With all due respect to Mr Sepkowitz, we cannot depend on medicine for the truth. Try writing a letter to the CDC and asking them why they don't list Iatrogenic Disease on the list of most common causes of death in the US (it is, according to many reliable sources, the #1 cause)? Try getting a safe, affordable, effective cure for, say, cancer (note the word CURE, not TREATMENT, which is all the current model can offer) through the hoops to acceptance by the FDA. I agree there's something fishy about the Hillary clot story, but the writer's reliance on Medicine for elucidation of the truth I find most naive and amusing. And btw, it might make sense to see what western drugs Ms. Clinton is already taking, and check if any of those has a 'side' effect of tendency to clot too fast or too long.
 
 
+18 # in deo veritas 2012-12-31 15:29
Best wishes to Hilary for her full recovery-and also to her family. She was my first choice for 2008 and I hope to vote for her in 2016.
 
 
-5 # tm7devils 2012-12-31 15:58
The average lifespan of an American woman is 79.1 years. If we divide that into thirds - young, middle age and elderly - you stop being young at 27 and become elderly at 53...how else can you look at it?
 
 
+7 # Regina 2012-12-31 22:33
Try quarters instead of thirds. How about young, mature, middle-aged, and then elderly. Twenty years per span is more realistic. At 65, Hillary is just middle-aged.
 
 
+18 # CC1951 2012-12-31 16:13
From what I've heard as of 5pm(MST), they have located the the blood clot and it is in her head. So there goes the blood-thinner theory. Nonetheless, she should be getting our kind thoughts and prayers right now. To hell with Bolton and his kind.
This is serious. They are NOT!!
 
 
+3 # Regina 2012-12-31 22:36
The clot has been located in a vein in the head near the right ear. The critical site is the vein, very different from an artery. Lucky!
 
 
+27 # gdustman10 2012-12-31 17:22
okay while he was running for his first term at the age of 69, no one asked if Reagan was fit for office. And they still lionize him! it doesn't seem to matter that he had Alzheimers for his second term, or that he exchanged hostages for arms. Please. Hilary Clinton is a paragon of wisdom and perseverance and dedication to public service and her health is superb, frankly, when you compare her to her male peers. (As if she has peers.) Leave her alone! She had a health scare. She is still smarter than all of us. And I for one hope that she has a good rest in that hospital and still feels up to the work ahead.
 
 
+15 # Lennie 2012-12-31 17:49
Why can't we all just say, "I hope she gets better." There are several politicians who I can't stand. I don't wish ill on them, either.
 
 
+3 # Firefox11 2013-01-02 17:17
Thank you. In this supposedly Christian nation, a little charity from those of that faith, would be expected, or at least hoped for, yet how often do we see true concern for fellow human beings exemplified on the right?
 
 
+15 # Cappucino 2012-12-31 18:01
I live in Portland-- and trust me, 65-year- olds here ARE middle-aged. Most of them are in better shape than I am!! More and more, age is a function of health, fitness, and attitude.

THAT having been said, here's a typical conservative comment from teaparty.org, complete with lots of further speculation that she's faking it all:

"Some conservative commentators suggested Clinton was faking the seriousness of her illness and concussion to avoid testifying, although State Department officials vehemently denied that was the case."

I really think we can let the right wing handle that kind of thing... they'll do it very effectively. We need to stop eating our own.
 
 
+7 # Regina 2012-12-31 22:38
The TP-ers are psychotic. They "ate" Susan Rice -- but they won't find Hillary digestible.
 
 
+4 # LML 2013-01-01 04:25
Agreed!
Scarcely anyone in here Portland is saddled with an attitude that would befit an "elderly" person - even those who might chronologically qualify as elderly in other places....
 
 
+8 # LML 2013-01-01 04:36
Attitude is everything.
Even my almost-100-year -old father-in-law who died a week short of his 100th B'day did not really strike me as elderly. He lived in his own apartment. His mind was clear as a bell...He was taking computer classes, language classes, had an active social life. Went to Europe at the age of 95-and-a half - and when we told him he needed a phone with a louder bell because it worried us when he did not answer, he explained: "The reason I dont answer is because I'm not home...I have a social engagement almost every night of the week"
 
 
+4 # Firefox11 2013-01-02 17:18
Love it.
 
 
+11 # rlhollow 2012-12-31 20:36
I owe her - and her husband - so much.

Please, Hillary, get well, stay well.
 
 
-4 # RMDC 2013-01-01 06:54
Please explain -- what do you owe to Bill and Hillary Clinton? This is the most bizarre comment I've seen on RSN.
 
 
+7 # soularddave 2012-12-31 22:05
I agree with all the messages of support and sympathy, although I was never a great fan of hers until she became Secretary if State. At that, she's done an admirable job and accomplished a LOT in her service to the country.

I understand the medical situation, as briefly described, because I lost a friend who fell, hit his head, and went home to sleep without medical intervention. The circumstance can certainly be deadly.
 
 
-10 # dquandle 2013-01-01 00:40
She's sick alright. 4 years of continuing and creating a "foreign policy", the same one she supported whole heartedly under Bush II, based on armed aggression, murder and torture suggests and extremely sick individual.
 
 
+6 # Texas Aggie 2013-01-01 01:44
That the author doesn't know where the clot is or anything else about her condition reflects very poorly on his ability to find out information. It says nothing at all about Hillary Clinton.

In this day and age one can access the internet and find out information or even read a paper and find out information. See the WaPo for a preliminary article on her condition that blows Twit's article out of the water.
 
 
+4 # LithaBeth 2013-01-01 02:23
Creepy, creepy article. I could hardly get through it. "...in the midst of one of the routine bumps one receives known as middle age." What does that mean?! Would expect this of FOX news or one of those creepy misogynist republicans trying to make comments about women and their bodies. Men, unless they are very careful and/or well informed or have genuinely cleansed themselves of society's contempt for women, especially older women, should keep their mouths shut about women. Wow. Totally unexpected when coming to this site.
As the article progressed the writer seemed to back down sorta. Really cowardly and reckless writing.
Incidentally, one can indeed be treated with anticoagulants for a clot in the lining of the brain as long as it does not involve a vein going into the brain.
YOOHOO, WHO IN THERE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ARTICLE APPEARING HERE? Bad decision.
 
 
-13 # RMDC 2013-01-01 06:52
Let's hope she recovers from her physical illness but it is her moral illness that is much more serious and probably fatal -- fatal that is for vast numbers of people in poorer nations. I will never forget her mocking and sneering tone when she rushed to Tripoli to gloat over the torture and murder of Qaddafi. She said, "We saw, we came, he died." She's been just as callous about her terrorist war in Syria.

As a moral person, Hillary Clinton died long ago. Perhaps she caught the moral disease from Bill Clinton. Both are moral zombies. They do the work of american capital with no feeling and no care for those who suffer.

She's already dead in the way that counts. A body living on with no soul and no moral purpose is a zombie.
 
 
-5 # Lescy 2013-01-01 11:01
I think it's a little strange, suddenly Hillary gets sick after resigning as the Secretary of State..and now the Queen of England is purportedly very ill....hhmmm!
 
 
-3 # wipster 2013-01-02 00:05
Ha! ROFLMAO!!!
 
 
+4 # brotherdb 2013-01-02 13:43
John Bolton typically speaks before getting the facts. I am waiting for his apology to the Sec of State Clinton. But i doubt he has the character to do so.
 
 
+3 # brotherdb 2013-01-02 13:47
I suppose you would think it was callous to kill Adolph Hitler also. Quadaffi was the callous one killing his people He was brought to justice and killed by his own people not by Hillary Clinton.
 
 
+4 # brotherdb 2013-01-02 13:55
I am waiting for an apology from John Bolton and others who criticized and postulated about Hilary Clinton's illness before getting the facts. I doubt he or others on fauz news have the character to do so.
 
 
+1 # brotherdb 2013-01-02 13:56
Why do you remove all my comments ? Is it because I do not support the right wing view?
 
 
+6 # Dotty 2013-01-01 12:25
Consider who's mouth all this came from and just forget it. Another Repubrag starting a tale.
 
 
+4 # brotherdb 2013-01-02 13:41
I find it hypocrital for the Republicans who voted to cut back money for security overseas to now criticize The sec of State for not providing adequate security. But that is typical of this tea party run Republicn Party. We should be calling them to congress to testify why they cut backon funds for ambassadors security.
 
 
+3 # Firefox11 2013-01-02 17:21
Good analysis of the situation and good suggestion for what to do about it. Ask the "fiscal cliff" group. Also, I believe that Bill Clinton left a balanced budget which was decimated by, wait for it, the Republicans under Bush2. So, actually the right should be investigating themselves.
 

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