Glover out of ICU; still no answers

Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover was moved out of the intensive care unit Tuesday night and into a standard hospital room at the University of California-San Francisco.

Glover was admitted to the county hospital in Martinez on Sept. 23, 18 days ago, with flu-like symptoms and a temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit. He was transferred on Oct. 4 to the intensive care unit of the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center when his heart-rate escalated.

Ed Diokno, the supervisor’s policy director, says doctors have not yet determined what caused the Glover’s sudden illness although they have ruled out cancer, West Nile virus and pneumonia.

An active and highly social man, Glover is reportedly very anxious to get out of the hospital although that may not happen soon enough for the lawmaker.

“Federal has told the doctors he wants to go home but they are concerned about releasing him before they know what caused his health problems,” Diokno said. “Oh yeah, he’s a terrible patient!”

The hospital doesn’t permit flowers in Glover’s hospital room, so for those who wish to send posies, Diokno recommends sending them to the supervisor’s office at 315 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg, CA 94565 Diokno said that all cards, flowers or other get-well wishes sent to the office will be forwarded to Glover and his family.

There is apparently one tiny shred of silver lining in this horrific experience, though.

Glover and I had lunch together in early August and we commiserated over our shared struggle to keep off the excess weight.

I hear that the supervisor has lost a few pounds during his hospital stay but something tells me that he wouldn’t recommend it as a weight-loss technique!

Lisa Vorderbrueggen