Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returned to work Monday after suffering a series of health problems that have kept her out of the public eye since Dec. 7, when she was initially reported to have contracted a stomach virus. From there, things only got worse after she fell and hit her head, resulting in a concussion while she was at home alone recovering from the stomach virus.
Most recently, Clinton was hospitalized after doctors discovered a blood clot between her brain and skull during a follow-up exam for her concussion. She spent several days in the hospital so doctors could monitor the blood thinning medication they administered in an effort to shrink the blood clot in her head.
Mrs. Clinton started her first day back on the job slowly, but her schedule picks up later this week with several high-level meetings with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
While recovering from her various health issues during most of December, Clinton cancelled appearances she was scheduled for at the congressional hearings regarding the Benghazi attacks, causing some people to speculate on whether or not she was using her health problems as an excuse to get out of testifying about what she knew about the attacks that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.
Meanwhile, Clinton has confirmed her plan to step down from the Obama administration. The president has since then nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be her replacement.