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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:14 PM
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Senator Johnson's condition improves: doctors


http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061215/pl_nm/usa_congress_...

Senator Johnson's condition improves: doctors

By Richard Cowan 29 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (news, bio, voting record) continued to improve after brain surgery this week, heartening fellow Democrats who were optimistic on Friday that he will be able to remain in the Senate.


"His most recent CT scan shows that the pressure has been relieved from his brain and there is no further bleeding," neurosurgeon Vivek Deshmukh said in a statement. "Currently his brain pressures are normal."

Doctors also said Johnson will remain hospitalized until his brain swelling subsides and that he will need physical therapy for weakness on the right side of his body.

Johnson's emergency hospitalization on Wednesday raised concerns on Capitol Hill about his ability to continue in the Senate when the 110th Congress convenes on January 4 -- as well as Democrats' chances of controlling the Senate.
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:17 PM
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1. Good news
Wishes for a speedy and full recovery to the Senator.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:19 PM
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2. Good news!


Get well soon Sen. Tim .... but take your time. Sometimes the hospital is the best
place to be.
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:30 PM
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3. So his speech wasn't affected?
That would be wonderful. My dad had aphasia. So did my pastor (a preacher who couldn't preach, yikes!) It's a bitch.
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caseycoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:03 PM
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4. THANKS for the update!
This is sounding real good.
:woohoo:
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PSPS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:05 PM
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5. "concerns on Capitol Hill about his ability to continue in the Senate" my ass!
There is no question about his being able to retain his seat, as there are plenty of examples of incapacitated senators retaining their seats even when they were unable to attend any sessions for months or even years.

To be accurate, this should have read, "desperate hope in the GOP that his senate seat could be stolen from him with enough spin and right-wing media bloviating."
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 11:58 AM
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11. Indeed, the MSM and the Repukes are salivating over nothing...
I read an article the other day wherein about a dozen senators since 1942 were listed who were medically incapacitated for months to years and yet continued to serve out their terms, whether they could be present in the Senate or not, and whether they were able to vote or not.

Any anticipation that Johnson will lose his seat is predicated on a death wish - Only if Johnson actually dies while in office may that Governor replace him with a Republican.

The whole political circus surrounding Johnson's hospitalization is one of the most nauseating spectacles I've witnessed in years, as hard as that is to fathom.

Meanwhile, one may rejoice at his recovery and wish him the best.
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:01 PM
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6. Thanks for posting
This is wonderful, uplifting news. :)
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 04:46 AM
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7. Kicking - get well Senator!
:patriot:
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 05:01 AM
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8. Medical science versus the evil prayers of hundreds of thousands of insane fundie freepers...
Guess who wins.

You can be certain that every single person involved in saving the life of our Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota is fully invested in the concept of evolution. We are the evolved. They are neanderthals.
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 09:22 AM
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9. This is great news
I hope Sen. Johnson continues to improve.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 09:35 AM
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10. Good news. I'll bet he is in Pat Robertson's prayers. nm
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 03:33 PM
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12. Excellent news
Here's hoping he continues to improve. :thumbsup:
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Danmel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 05:08 PM
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13. Great News
Larry Dierker of the Astros had surgery for an AVM and was back in a few months- my uncle was treated at GU also- it is a great hospital. I'm sure Senator Johnson will be back where he belongs .
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ctaylor721a Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 08:25 PM
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14. Headlines
The headlines when Johnson was hospitalized were disgusting; its as if no one cared about his health, they were all salivating over the political ramifications. Glad to see he's doing better.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-17-06 01:04 AM
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15. terrific news.
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