Public Servants Biden, McConnell, and Feinstein in Mental and Physical Decline; None Showing Insight--A Familiar Senior Dilemma for Family, Doctors, and the Public (McCullough is spot on)
by Paul Alexander
‘As an internist and cardiologist I feel sometimes I should set up a practice on Capitol Hill. Americans can sadly see three six-term former and current US Senators in obvious physical and mental decline. I was asked by FOX News to come on the Ingraham Angle joined by family physician Dr. Janette Nesheiwat July 28, 2023.
Here is my rounding report:
President Joseph Biden, age 80, former six-term Senator, two-term Vice President, first term POTUS, history of ruptured cerebral aneurysm requiring neurosurgery in 1988, now has signs of moderate cognitive decline and motor impairment/weakness with multiple falls
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, age 81 years, six-term Senator, hospitalized with a fall and concussion in March 2023, this week suffers a 20-second frozen spell at the podium with the appearance of a absence seizure, TIA, or other neurologic event, McConnell and multiple Senators/friends brush it off as a post-lunch fade
Senator Diane Feinstein, age 90, six-term Senator, has a prolonged medical leave from the Senate suffering from varicella zoster meningoencephalitis complicated by Ramsay Hunt Syndrome afflicting the right facial nerve, this week becomes confused on a round of comments and voting on budgets, and was instructed by fellow Senators and staff to “just say aye”
All three senior citizens could have had their conditions directly caused or significantly worsened by COVID-19 vaccination.
I told Laura Ingraham that I cannot make a diagnosis on TV but I can tell you that none these senior politicians are showing insight into their obviously failing health. I told the FOX producers to prime Laura Ingraham with her comments that we have all experienced this in our senior relatives and friends; appropriate reactions are to prompt evaluation and management given the lapse in perception which is common in the elderly. Dr. Nesheiwat said it best: “its time for family and physicians to step in” and I would add encourage retirement from public service with grace to enjoy the months or years left in life.’