About two weeks ago I blogged about the news that Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) underwent surgery for an intracerebral bleed the day before (December 13th), and his illness’ potential impact on control of the United States Senate.
I haven’t been able to find much in the way of recent updates, but on the 19th, his wife Barbara released an upbeat statement, thanking South Dakotans for their kind support. As of that release, Senator Johnson was still in the Intensive Care Unit, in critical but stable condition.
“We know he is getting the best medical care at George Washington University Hospital right now. They have gone above and beyond to offer us support as a family as well. They are even helping me plan a small birthday party for Tim next week when the family will be back together. However, it is the love and support we are getting from South Dakota that will pull him through. We have letters and cards covering the walls in the hospital room from people across the state. It means so much to know that South Dakotans have been so supportive,” Mrs. Johnson continued.
“Tim and I were supposed to be wrapping gifts today at the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls for the Children’s Home Society. I can assure you that we’d rather be back home right now getting into the Christmas spirit, but before long, he’ll be back home visiting with the people that have shown him such amazing support. I can’t thank South Dakotans enough,” she concluded.
Just to keep you all abreast.
Our best wishes go out to the Senator and his family, and despite the political ramifications of his medical issues, our concern is for them as people first, and to him as a Senator a remotely distant second.
Get well soon, Senator.