According to a source familiar with Fetterman's plans, Sen. John Fetterman will return to Senate in the week of April 17 after he checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment of clinical depression last month.
Source: The Pennsylvania Democrat made progress during his treatment. Doctors have been trying to ensure that his medication is effective.
Fetterman, a senator from New York, is one of the three senators that have been out for months because of injuries and illnesses. Mitch McConnell (81), who was hospitalized earlier this month for shingles and suffered a concussion, will also return to the Senate by mid-April. Feinstein's return date is still unknown.
Fetterman, a 53-year old freshman who helped Democrats cement their 51-49 Senate majority in the fall of last year, suffered a stroke just days before the primary. Fetterman, the 53-year-old freshman who helped cement Democrats' 51-49 Senate majority last fall, suffered a stroke in the days leading up to his primary.
In his early years in the Senate, he also had issues with auditory processing. When he began to lose weight and experience a loss in appetite, he was later diagnosed with clinical depressive disorder. He then checked himself into Walter Reed Hospital for treatment.
Politico was the first to report Fetterman's return to the Senate on April 17.
CNN reported earlier that Fetterman is expected to leave the hospital soon due to his progress in treatment.
The source who has spent a lot of time with Fetterman, since he arrived on February 16, told me that the senator's doctor recently told him he would be "as good as or better than his greatest days post-stroke," referring to he near-fatal stroke last May.
The source stated that 'he's doing exceptionally well'.
The source explained that the doctors were trying to find the perfect medication balance for Fetterman. Doctors discovered that Fetterman's blood pressure medication was high and believed to be the cause of his dizziness. This discovery came when he visited George Washington University Hospital in late October. Few days after his hospital stay, Fetterman developed clinical depression. This is a common illness that many stroke survivors struggle with.
Source: The goal was to make the most of his treatment at Walter Reed in order to address other significant effects from his stroke. Neuropsychiatric specialists have, for example, helped him with auditory processing problems he has struggled with since the stroke.
Fetterman, who hasn't left Walter Reed's campus since he checked in, hasn’t been locked up in his room. The source stated that Fetterman spends his time on trails, in restaurants such as Wendy's, and other areas of the facility.