If the mayor becomes incapacitated, the Chairman of the City Council would become acting Mayor.
"That's not the case right now," says Chairman Sam Jenkins. "The mayor is working from his hospital room to tend to his duties. You know, if he undergoes surgery. Certainly, there's a period of time there where he will certainly have to step up and take on the duties of the Mayor."
Jenkins is no stranger to the role of acting Mayor, since he's assumed that role when Glover has left the state in the past.
Jenkins says he's working closely with Mayor Glover to coordinate city business, like helping with any public appearances. "We just want citizens to know that everything is in very positive condition and we're just moving forward as the need arises."
Jenkins says he and city staff are taking everything "a week at a time," hinting that this is no short-term situation. "We're hoping that maybe this will be something in the next couple of weeks we'll be able to really put a good time frame on it. But with the kind of injury he's sustained, I hope everyone would understand it's going to take a pretty lengthy convalescent period."
Not only will the injury and surgery require a lengthy recovery, but it's painful, according to LSU Health Physical Therapy Dr. Bernard Brennan. In fact, he calls it a 10 on the pain scale of 1 to 10.
Dr. Brennan is not treating the Mayor, but knows this type of injury and it's treatment well. He says he's never heard of someone tearing the tendon in both knees at once. He says Glover can expect to endure a very long and painful recovery with extensive rehabilitation.
The quadriceps muscle group runs down from the hip, over the knee, and attaches into the lower leg bone. Surgery is needed to reattach torn tendons.
"You can't move that tendon, you know, actively - meaning that with the muscles, shorten that tendon for six weeks" says Dr. Brennan. "So he's going to be straight-legged, both legs, for six weeks," making even the most simple tasks like walking or driving impossible for weeks.
With both knees affected, Dr. Brennan says the Mayor will likely be in a wheelchair and then using a walker for some time. If not healed and rehabbed properly, this could affect how Mayor Glover walks for the rest of his life.
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