Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves Mayo Clinic, at home in D.C.
BY NATASHA KORECKI Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org September 7, 2012 4:08PM
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)
Updated: October 9, 2012 3:03PM
After more than a month at the famed Mayo Clinic — being treated for bipolar depression — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is out and back with his kids in Washington, D.C.
Spokesman Rick Bryant said Jackson, 46, may even return soon to Congress. He’s been on medical leave since June 10.
“Yes, he’s home in Washington,” Bryant said Friday. “Yes, he may be back to work on Monday.”
Jackson’s whereabouts were a mystery for part of the summer after his staff revealed on June 25 that the son of the famed civil rights leader had been on leave for two weeks for “exhaustion.”
The mystery led to speculation on what he was suffering from — and calls for him to be straight with the public.
He finally surfaced nearly a month later when Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reported he was being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The clinic revealed Jackson was being treated for Bipolar II depression, “a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is most likely caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors.”
Mayo said the condition was connected to bariatric weight-loss surgery Jackson had in 2004, “specifically a duodenal switch. This type of surgery is increasingly common in the U.S. and can change how the body absorbs food, liquids, vitamins, nutrients and medications.”
His wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), told Sneed last week that her husband’s recovery was “slow going. He’s still trying to resolve his depression and intestinal issues.
“However, the [reelection] campaign is still going ahead and at times he feels ready to go, but the doctors don’t want him to go just yet,” added Ald. Jackson.
On Friday night, Ald. Jackson told NBC5 by text: “He’s hanging in there. Gonna be home under his doctor’s care until further notice. Won’t be back to work until the doctors give the green light.”
Bryant on Friday said he didn’t have specifics about Jackson’s health. “He sounded good when I talked to him earlier today,” said Bryant.
Asked if there was any possibility that Jackson would not continue to pursue his House seat, Bryant said: “Not that I’m aware of.”
Congress returns from its summer break on Monday. Jackson is still facing a House Ethics Committee investigation relating to allegations tied to the Blagojevich case.