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Mayor Menino to spend Thanksgiving in hospital

Mayor Thomas M. Menino is expected to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at Brigham and Women’s, where Menino continues tests and treatment for severe back pain, said his spokeswoman, Dot Joyce.

“He’s much better than he was last week,” said Joyce. “Though he is disappointed he can’t attend his regular Thanksgiving events.” Menino generally spends the holiday making the rounds among organ­izations that serve Thanksgiving meals for people who need them, she said.

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The mayor’s doctors have not yet given him an expected release date, she said.

Menino has been in the hospital since Oct. 26, after he returned early from what was supposed to be a two-week Italian vacation. He was initially hospitalized for an upper-­respiratory infection and a blood clot that moved from his leg to lungs. In the hospital, the mayor suffered a compression fracture in his back.

Over the past several weeks, the mayor has continued to run the city from his hospital room. Menino is making policy decisions for city government, while his department heads handle day-to-day city business, according to Menino’s staff.

The mayor’s “spirits are pretty good,” said Joyce. “He’s getting sick of being sick. Other­wise, he’s up and working on [physical therapy.]”

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