Making his first public speech since suffering a brain aneurysm in July, State Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Horry, told his fellow colleagues during a special session last week to take their health seriously.
“Women tend to be a little more wise about their healthcare and little more in tune about what’s going on with them,” he said. “And us fellows are sort of taught when we’re little, you get hurt rub some dirt on it you’ll be ok.”
Hembree said the aneurysm felt like being hit in the head with a baseball bat. “I’m the absolute worst about feeling bad and not telling my wife and not going to the doctor and doing that,” he said. “I’m going to tell you, you think it can’t happen to you, it can”
Hembree was hospitalized July 27 after suffering the aneurysm at his home. He later was placed in a medically-induced coma for eight days after he contracted a staph infection while in the hospital.
He spent about four weeks in the hospital before he was finally discharged in late August.