Dingell Discharged from Hospital, Thankful for Outpouring of Support
Washington, May 28, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) was discharged from George Washington University Hospital this afternoon, one week after undergoing surgery for a perforated ulcer. The Congresswoman released the following statement:
“This week in the hospital is an experience I hope to never have again. No one should ever underestimate the potential harms of NSAIDs, and I am urging everyone to take caution and care while using these drugs. This incident taught me, and now I hope others, that even everyday medicines can cause serious consequences. Speaking with your doctor regularly about what’s best for you is incredibly important.
“It’s difficult to express how grateful I am for the support of so many caring people in the last week which, quite frankly, has been one of the most challenging weeks I’ve ever experienced. I’m so appreciative of the nurses and doctors, hospital staff, family, friends, colleagues, my staff, and everyone in between who reached out with kind words, prayers, and virtual company. Those that know me understand how challenging it is for me to sit still – to not be out and about listening to people, sharing stories, connecting with the community, and getting things done. This overwhelming amount of empathy and compassion is easing my path to recovery.
“The doctors have warned that I need to be particularly careful over the next two weeks. While it will be impossible for me to rest completely, I will be working virtually. I’ve been told to pace myself, and I am going to try it.
“This week has been a huge wake-up call and I’m going to make some changes, starting with giving up Diet Coke. Governor Whitmer is also making it her personal mission to get me to eat more vegetables. But don’t worry – I won’t change too much and I’ll still be the same Debbie.
“In the meantime, this experience has reinforced the importance of tackling several major issues in our health care system, including supporting nurses that are stretched to the limit, helping people afford the price of visiting the doctor, and ensuring our health care system can support every American.”