Shingles health complications of Sen. Feinstein found to be more severe than previously stated.

Senator Diane Feinstein, a six-term Democrat representing California, has returned to Washington after experiencing serious health complications from her shingles diagnosis. According to an anonymous source, Feinstein’s shingles caused encephalitis and Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which resulted in facial paralysis. She was hospitalized with shingles in February and her complications have led her to work a lighter schedule. The senator has been seen moving about the Capitol in a wheelchair and has stated that she will continue working for California while she recovers.

Feinstein’s return to the Senate has garnered a positive response from Democrats, as her vote is crucial to advancing their priorities in the narrowly divided chamber. However, the senator’s age and health have raised concerns about memory loss, cognitive decline, and dependence on her entourage. Despite calls for her resignation over the years, Feinstein has remained in office. The senator’s spokesperson declined to comment further on Feinstein’s condition, citing a statement from the senator’s office.

Despite her return to work, Republicans blocked a proposal by Feinstein to allow the Judiciary Committee to be temporarily replaced in her absence. The senator’s absence has also been felt by fellow Democrat Senator Richard J. Durbin, who has complained about the impact on his committee’s work. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer expressed relief at Feinstein’s return, while also hoping for the promotion of more judges from the Senate floor.

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