Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, appearing in good spirits today after a five-night stay in the hospital, said he had felt frustrated to be hospitalized but emphasized he had remained in constant contact with his staff, including School Superintendent Carol Johnson who has announced controversial plans to close some city schools.
Menino, wearing khaki pants and gym shoes, said he felt fine as he kidded around with reporters gathered at his home in Boston's Readville neighborhood.
He said he would determine in the next few days when to return to his desk at City Hall. But he emphasized, "My house is just as good as City Hall."
Menino was admitted to Brigham and Women's Hospital on Wednesday because medication he took for an infection made him feel ill, said spokeswoman Dot Joyce.
The mayor had already spent three days at the hospital over the Thanksgiving holiday because he contracted a bacterial infection in his left elbow during a trip to Italy.
The five-term mayor suffers from the bowel disorder Crohn's disease and has had a spate of medical issues over the past year, from a major knee injury to minor eye surgery for cataracts.
In Italy, Menino apparently scraped his elbow in a shower in Florence and after a few days his entire armed swelled so much he could not fit his watch on his wrist. Doctors diagnosed him with cellulitis, a skin infection, and septic bursitis in the left elbow.
Menino underwent minor surgery to remove bacteria and spent three days in the hospital before returning home, where he continued to receive antibiotics. He made an appearance at City Hall on Tuesday, but fell ill again and returned to the hospital the next day.
His doctor believes, according to Joyce, that he had a negative reaction to pain medication.
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