01/15/07 05:58 PM: Updates on Sen. Tim Johnson's (D-SD) Condition
I hadn’t heard any updates on Sen. Tim Johnson’s condition for a while, so I headed over to Google News and did a quick search.
You’ll recall Tim Johnson underwent emergency brain surgery last month, to relieve bleeding caused by malformed blood vessels. The event sparked a frenzy here in D.C., and political commentators seemed to salivate over figuring out what would happen to the balance of power if the Senator had died.
The last time Johnson was mentioned in the major media outlets, he was still heavily sedated and no one was talking about how bad his condition may be, or what the prognosis was. However, it seemed he was stable enough that the political vultures circling would have to head somewhere else.
Johnson has been moved out of the intensive care unit at George Washington Hospital and into the in-house rehabilitation center. According to his neurologist, his speech center was not damaged by the hemorrhage. It has also been reported he has been speaking a few words, and is able to follow commands. He continues, however, to have a tracheostomy tube to assist his breathing.
It’s unclear how long the recovery will take, and it will be a long and difficult process. However, I look forward the first official remarks from the man whose life had become a math equation for political pundits.