According to CNN congressional reporter Manu Raju, the health of Pennsylvania Democrat Sen. John Fetterman is improving, but he may remain hospitalized for up to two more weeks as doctors work to get his medication “exactly right.”
Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on February 16 for treatment for clinical depression just days after he was hospitalized for feeling lightheaded at a Democratic Party retreat.
Fetterman’s health issues began on May 13, 2022, when he suffered a stroke during the final days of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary campaign, leaving him with hearing and cognitive issues that continued to affect him throughout his general election campaign against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz. Special closed captioning technology was installed at the Capitol Building after his midterm election victory to help him conduct his work as a senator.
Fetterman’s doctors have been working to get his “medication balance exactly right,” which has resulted in his lengthy hospitalization at Walter Reed, according to Raju.
Doctors have learned that his blood pressure medication was too high, which may have contributed to his dizziness during his hospital stay last month before his clinical depression diagnosis.
However, Fetterman’s camp provided a glimpse of him hard at work in pictures posted to Twitter last week by his chief of staff.
The images showed the 53-year-old politician discussing rail safety legislation, the Farm Bill, and other Senate business. Fetterman’s communications director said that the senator was “doing well” as he continues treatment, which he noted would be a “weeks-long process.”