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Menino confident he’s on the mend from illness

Mayor Thomas M. Menino said Wednesday that he was “a pretty sick guy” when he first checked into Brigham and ­Women’s Hospital Oct. 26 after an Italian vacation. But he ­declared that he is on the mend from a viral infection and a compression fracture in his back, even while offering no timetable for his discharge, let alone a ­return to City Hall.

“I felt lousy, really lousy,” Menino said in a telephone interview from his hospital room, his first public words since he was admitted 13 days before. “I talked to the doctors over there [in Italy]. I said, ‘I better get home.’ I got home on Thursday night. Friday I came to the hospital, and a whole team of folks came to work on me.

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