WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sidelined for almost a month by a string of medical problems, is upbeat and planning to return to work next week, the State Department said Thursday.
One day after being released from the New York hospital that was treating a blood clot in her head, Clinton was at home resting, but was far from idle. She spent the day engaging with senior staff, reviewing paperwork and calling in to a meeting of her foreign policy advisory board, said her spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland.
The announcement that Clinton soon would return to her Washington office ended what had been a somber point of uncertainty hanging over her month-long health ordeal: whether the 65-year-old secretary would be able to resume her duties before stepping down at the start of President Barack Obama’s second term, as she had long planned to do.
In early December she took ill with a stomach virus, then seemed to deteriorate. While at home recuperating, Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, fell and struck her head, leading to a concussion, her spokesman said.
Then on Sunday, doctors discovered a clot in a vein between her brain and her skull behind the right ear. Clinton was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors began administering blood thinners to dissolve the clot.
Clinton’s physicians expect her to make a full recovery.