Hillary Clinton back to work next week

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seen leaving the Harkness Eye Institute in New York City with daughter Chelsea and husband Bill Clinton on January 2, 2012. Reuters

After a two-week bout of illness and a three-day stay in the hospital, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work next week, she told members of the Foreign Policy Advisory Board today.

Clinton had been ill for several weeks, first with a virus and then with several complications that stemmed from it: Her staff said Clinton fainted as a result of dehydration related to the virus and sustained a concussion. Over the weekend, in the course of a routine follow-up MRI, doctors discovered a blood clot in the vein between her brain and skull, and she was admitted for about a 72-hour stay. After being treated with blood thinners, the secretary was released yesterday evening.

According to Clinton spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, Clinton "dialed into today's meeting of the Foreign Policy Advisory Board" for a conversation on a number of "long-term issues, including energy and climate policy, expeditionary diplomacy, and foreign policy priorities for President Obama's second term."

"The Secretary closed by wishing the board a Happy New year, noting she's planning on returning to the office next week," Nuland said.

According to earlier reports from the State Department, Clinton was "very active" by phone and in communication with her staff during her hospital stay. Per the Associated Press, Nuland said she is "sounding terrific, upbeat and raring to go."

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