Monday, July 17, 2017

I am sorry to hear that Senator John McCain has suffered a brain blood clot, but, I also hope this gives him pause about hurting people far less fortunate than himself.

I wish him a speedy recovery. It sounds as though he was very fortunate and didn't have residual effects. I don't want any one to suffer to understand the impacts of ill health, but, this happens to Americans everyday and they have little protecting them from losing everything they worked for without health insurance.

I hope Senator McCain will reflect on what would happen to an American like himself, but, didn't have the benefits of good health insurance. Would that American be able to return to work in a week? Or afford some of the best surgeons in the world? Or would that American have been discovered to have such an ailment and survive at all. Lack of health care kills. That is a fact.

July 16, 2017
By Denise Grady and Robert Pear

The condition for which Senator John McCain (click here) had surgery on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and it may delay his return to Washington by at least a week or two, medical experts said on Sunday.

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has already announced that votes on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act will not begin until Mr. McCain’s return. A statement released by Mr. McCain’s office on Saturday had suggested that he would be in Arizona recovering for just this week, but neurosurgeons interviewed said the typical recovery period could be longer.

The statement from Mr. McCain’s office said a two-inch blood clot was removed from “above his left eye” during a “minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision” at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, “following a routine annual physical.” Surgeons there are not conducting interviews. Mr. McCain’s communications director, Julie Tarallo, said further information would be made public when it became available.

A craniotomy is an opening of the skull, and an eyebrow incision would be used to reach a clot in or near the left frontal lobes of the brain, neurosurgeons who were not involved in Mr. McCain’s care said....