Mayor continues to work modified schedule as her health improves

Rawlings-Blake took ill at Star-Spangled Spectacular

  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake delivers remarks Saturday evening at Ft. McHenry.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake delivers remarks Saturday… (Ken Lam, the Baltimore Sun )
September 15, 2014|By Yvonne Wenger | The Baltimore Sun

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will split her time Tuesday between working from home and at City Hall as her health continues to improve after a brief hospitalization over the weekend, her spokesman said.

Spokesman Kevin Harris said Rawlings-Blake would resume her public appearances Wednesday. She has been in regular contact with her senior staff and Cabinet and is making decisions, he said.

"The mayor is continuing to work a modified schedule that is not as heavy on public appearances and speaking engagements," Harris said in a statement. "The mayor expects to resume regular speaking engagements on Wednesday, and will spend the next day or so continuing to work a modified schedule."

Rawlings-Blake, 44, was admitted to the hospital Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains at the Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Fort McHenry.

The mayor said she was struggling with a case of bronchitis and an upper respiratory infection, and that she pushed herself too hard during the events to celebrate the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

She was discharged Sunday from the University of Maryland Medical Center. She canceled her public appearances for Monday, although she did attend Sunday night's game between the Orioles and Yankees.

Her public schedule for Wednesday includes the weekly Board of Estimates meeting. On her schedule for Tuesday were the signing of a the 5,200-square-foot whale mural outside M&T Bank Stadium, a visit to the Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center and a speech at the award ceremony for the Growing Green Initiative Design.

Her hospitalization Saturday and Sunday was the second during her tenure as mayor. In March 2010, Rawlings-Blake was hospitalized after waking up with chest pains, numbness and dizziness. Doctors said she had gastrointestinal difficulties and discharged her after 11 hours.

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