Wednesday, January 02, 2013

About Hillary's Blood Clot

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being treated for a serious sounding blood clot in her head with anti-coagulants.  I wish her a speedy recovery.  And then I expect her to be subpoenaed and testify before Congress on the matter of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. She has a history of both fainting and blood clots. She also has a history of trying to pull the wool over America's eyes.

Here is the blah, blah, blah about Hillary's blood clot:


Hillary Clinton has a blood clot located in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear, a condition called transverse sinus venous thrombosis.
The transverse sinus is located beneath the brain and allows blood to drain from the back of the head. It is the most common sites for clots inside the head, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
A clot occurs when a blockage builds up, either from partial thrombus (coagulated blood) or an outside compression. When the vein becomes blocked, the coagulated blood may extend to veins draining the area, which could lead to a lack of oxygen and tissue death.
For Clinton, 'the particular vein they're talking about, there are enough other areas for the blood to travel through so it doesn't build up in the brain,' Dr Sanjay Gupta told CNN.
Symptoms and signs can include headache, nausea, vomiting and seizures, although the condition was detected in Clinton with a routine MRI scan following her treatment for concussion.
Doctors questioned whether this concussion, paired with the fact Hillary had a similar clot in her leg in 1988, led to the condition.
'You don't typically see blood clots forming in veins after this sort of concussion,' Dr Gupta said. 'She is somebody who has formed these blood clots before. There are some people who more likely develop blood clots. Does she clot more vigorously than normal? That with the brain injury - the concussion - could have led to it.'
The condition can be treated with blood thinners administered over several months until the clot breaks down.
Other treatments include using a shunt to drain pressure on the brain or surgery - yet doctors said neither are necessary for Clinton.
'The most concerning thing was... the fact that this could be a blood clot pushing on her brain,' Dr Gupta said. 'That's not what this is. You wouldn't treat something like that with blood thinners. It's not a mass or a collection of blood pushing on the brain but it is something you'd want to address fairly quickly.'

What is irritating to watch but truly expected is the reaction on the left to the cynicism on the right of Hillary's health issues.  Speaking for myself, I don't doubt her diagnosis.  If anything, I think it may be worse than we are being told.  What irritates the hell out of me is that we are told so little.  This president promised to be the most transparent administration ever and clearly, it was just another campaign promise to break.

We were not even told of Hillary's flu or stomach virus or whatever it was until she had to cancel her appearance on The Hill to testify about Benghazi.  Conveniently, whether real or not, this announcement of illness was a couple of days before her scheduled appearance.  Naturally that put into place the ridicule.  Next we were told that Hillary fell, probably due to her illness.  And, finally, the blood clot which probably resulted from the fall.  It was all drip, drip, dripped out.

No one else is to blame but Hillary herself.  While I can understand her desire to keep private her health issues, she is, in fact, a very public member of this administration and she owes it to us to keep us abreast of her health.  She has been in political life for decades.  She knew better.

It is hardly a stretch to imagine why those in the other party would question Hillary's honesty.  Her husband was impeached by the House of Representatives for lying to a federal grand jury.  He lied about lots of things, as it turned out, and Hillary vouched for him.  Her steadfastness is how she enjoyed going on to her own political career.  So, spare me the sanctimony.

The ugly left in this country enjoyed eight years of non-stop derangement towards former Vice President Dick Cheney.  Have we forgotten the endless outright wishing for his demise via another heart attack?  How about the sick jokes after the hunting accident in south Texas?  How about when Sarah Palin was running for vice president and the ugly left in the blogosphere decided that her baby, Trig, was not her child but her oldest daughter's child.  And his mental disability was fodder for jokes even on late night television talk shows. Again, spare me the sanctimony.

Hillary Clinton, of all people, should have learned the lesson by now that a public figure has to get the story out first to avoid the blowback.  This illness was treated like just another cover-up and the conspiracy theories followed. She knew how to control it and she chose not to do so. 

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