An update on my condition

April 4th, 2019 at 10:52 am

Friends and followers —

As some of you know, on March 23 I had a brain hemorrhage, technically known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage.  This is a very serious condition, often fatal or disabling.
But I appear to have been very lucky.  After spending nine days in the ICU at Fairfax Hospital, I was discharged and am now recovering at home.  The recovery period is likely to take quite a while, with good days and bad days.  It could be a matter of months before I’m back to some version of my pre-hemorrhage self.
I’ve benefited immensely from a tremendous outpouring of love and support from family, friends and colleagues, for which I am enormously grateful.  I’ve also benefited from excellent medical care.
I’m not sure when I’ll be posting or writing about the economy, but I plan to do so as soon as I am able.
Thanks for your concern and support,
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141 comments in reply to "An update on my condition"

  1. James Poshard says:

    You are one of my heroes making economics understandable. Been a life long endeavor of mine. Speedy recovery!

    • Norm and Mary Kilpo says:

      Jared, you are one of our very favorites!! So very sorry to hear about what happened. Our thoughts and prayers have been and continue,to be with you. You are a good guy!!

  2. Tom Brennan says:

    Wishing you and speedy and full recovery.

  3. David Wilcox says:

    Very good sign that you’re posting an update. Looking forward to having you back in the saddle!

  4. Piranha says:

    Hope you get better soon! Sending you prayers and happy vibes.

  5. Dean Baker says:

    Good to hear you’re recovering. I’ll be working overtime (can you do that when you’re part-time?) to keep the bad guys in check while you recover. Take life easy for now and enjoy the spring!


    Don’t usually comment on your economics posts since I don’t feel qualified. I do enjoy following your thoughts which are always well reasoned and through. Hope you feel well soon.

  7. Sonny Nolan says:

    Looking forward to your return Jared.
    You’re the best !!

  8. Artie Gold says:

    Be well, sir.
    Over nine years ago (on the day the Senate passed the ACA), my heart damn near blew up. Fortunately the bad stuff was happening while I was on the CT scanner at the ER. They gave me a shot and wheeled me off for repairs, I being fully conscious that the odds of coming out the other side was not great.
    I didn’t die on the table. I also didn’t wake up for nine days.
    Then things began to go horribly, horribly right. And here I sit.

  9. Patrick says:

    God speed on your path back to good health.

  10. Karen Lewis says:

    Jared! Yipes, we had no idea! So glad you’re back at home now. Get well soon! – Karen and Phil

  11. Marcus Courtney says:

    Good luck on your recovery! My thought will be with you. Your voice is needed.

    Marcus Courtney

  12. Julie Kashen says:


    I had no idea. I’m so sorry you’re going through this, but so glad to hear that you are recovering and the prognosis is positive. Rest. Get better. Take good care of yourself and let the people who love you take good care of you too. I’ll be thinking of you and appreciating you and sending so healing and healthy vibes your way. I’ll check back here for updates – thanks for posting.

  13. Elizabeth A Crilly says:

    Good news. Be well soon.

  14. Peter Elias, MD says:

    I will be hoping for an unenventful and complete recovery. Take your time. We will welcome you back when you are ready.

  15. Laura Mortenson says:

    All of us here at the Minnesota Budget Project wishes you well and a speedy recovery!

  16. James Silberstein says:

    Hi Jared: So sorry to hear about this (from Sue), but very glad you’re on the road to recovery. If there’s anything I can do, please let me know. All the best, JS

  17. Mike Olinger says:

    Your voice will be missed! Get well soon!

  18. gawain kripke says:

    So glad to hear you’re recovering (had no idea you were ill). You’re one of my all time favorites and a hero. Please take time. get well. come back. we need you.

  19. Steve Ziliak says:

    Dear Jared,

    Wishing you all the best on behalf of the Roosevelt University Department of Economics.


    Steve Ziliak

  20. Brian Harwood says:

    Stay strong. Heal well.

  21. Harold McClure says:

    Just heard John Harwood on MSNBC wishing you well. Wishing you all the best as you recover.

  22. Rossie says:

    God speed

  23. Pat says:

    Take care and pace yourself. I saw my daughter-in-law recover from brain hemorrhage and it is up and down journey.

  24. Patrice O'Rourke says:

    I’m sorry to hear this I watch you all the time on MSNBC.
    I hope your recovery goes well. I was just diagnosed with a AVM with an aneurysm and the doctor just wants to wait and watch.
    Please take care of Jared.

  25. Sharon Glasgow says:

    Best of health and recovery to you Jared! Miss your exceptional reporting!

  26. James Ball says:

    We all love you and are all praying for you!
    Get well Jared!

    -Your Friends

  27. Victor Cooper says:

    I heard about you today on V & R-MSNBC-Get well Mr. Bernstein-Gerad…I enjoy your take on the economy…Great to have a supportive team…Rest up and come back soon…

  28. Diane says:

    Mr. Bernstein: I have admired you for years. You are voice of knowledge, reason and wit. I was sorry to hear if your condition and hope you recover soon. We miss you and look forward to your return to the political discussions. My thoughts are with you.

  29. Victor Cooper says:

    I heard about you today on V & R-MSNBC-Get well Mr. Bernstein-Jared…I enjoy your take on the economy…Great to have a supportive team…Rest up and come back soon…

  30. Sarah Wolk says:

    Wishing you healing.

  31. Sharon Parks says:

    Take care of yourself and get well soon! You’ve always been my favorite economist!

  32. Mary Beth says:

    I am so sorry that you are going through this, but grateful you will recover. During the bad days it helps to have a list of things you can do or want to do to focus on the positive. It’s hard but it helps. Stay well.

  33. Eileen Kahl says:

    Be well. You are missed

  34. Tim Kane says:

    Jared, I hope you are healing up. Sorry to hear the news, but very thankful you are alive. Saying a prayer for you, and looking forward to our next debate!

  35. Fasaha M. Traylor says:

    Jared, so glad you’re on the road to recovery, no matter how long it takes. Take it easy. The economy will still be here (I hope) when you get back.

  36. David Garron says:

    Very best wishes to you for a full recovery, Mr. Bernstein.

  37. GARY HARTMAN says:

    Best wishes for a comfortable and complete recovery.

  38. Saundra Messinger says:

    So sorry to hear what happened and hoping you are progressing quickly in your recovery. You may remember me from our club and studio work together in NYC when you were in social work school and playing bass to supplement your income. Particularly enjoyed working on ‘Black Coffee’ with you. Your music was always impressive and appreciated and your attitude was professional. Please get well soon so we can all enjoy seeing you on MSNBC again.

  39. Sharon says:

    Praying your recovery is complete! And that your pain is minimal. God’s blessings to you and your family.

  40. Vivian Segarra says:

    Get Well Soon Sir!

  41. gail morris says:

    My son is in his 18th year of healing from an anoxic brain injury. Everyday here is both wonderful and difficult.
    I have always found your economic analysis on target and user friendly for a more humane form of capitalism.

  42. Thelma Gilbert says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery, Mr. Bernstein. I enjoy you on MSNBC. You are easy to understand for the average guy who gets a limited amount of tv news. God Bless.

  43. Hector soler says:

    Good luck get well we need out there

  44. Christopher R Mackin says:

    Thinking about you Jared. All the best. We need you — but only when you are ready!

  45. Kyri Claflin says:

    Thanks for sharing your health update. Take good care and recover quickly. Your important voice will be missed in the meantime.
    Best wishes,

  46. Roberto Munoz says:

    So sorry to hear of such event! Get well soon so we Along with the rest of the country can continue to enjoy and learn from your brilliant commentary!

  47. Janet says:

    We’re all praying for your speedy recovery.

  48. Nick Batzdorf says:

    All the best, Jared. Very glad you dodged the bullet.

  49. Sharon says:

    Heal and return when you’re ready. This is a time to take care of yourself. Be well!

  50. Maggie Levenstein says:

    So sorry to hear this, and good luck with your recovery. Always appreciate reading your insights.

  51. Steven Stennett says:

    Get well soon our friend. Your knowledge and voice are sorely missed.

  52. Chris Tilly says:

    Jared, just writing to wish you a speedy and complete recovery!

  53. Adrianna Iorillo says:

    Best wishes and continued progress in your journey back to health. Unrelated, but meant in complete empathy, I had a brain shunt installed for my hydrocephalus. The shunt just failed last July but it’s repaired now. Brain surgery is a painful recovery, so plse know that there are those thatfeel for your healing. I wish you well!

  54. Peter Ehrlich says:

    From a classmate at the Harvey School in Katonah, New York, Class of 1970, I wish you a speedy recovery.

  55. Alexander Balaeff says:

    Dr. Bernstein: I wish you a smooth and complete recovery! I have been a faithful reader of your posts and articles, and I am looking forward to having more of them in the nearest future possible! Thank you very much for your hard and important work.

  56. David Erickson says:

    I hope you recover quickly!

  57. @prattkatie says:

    Wishing you a speedy, full recovery!

  58. pgl says:

    Best wishes and a speedy recovery!

  59. Jack Mandle says:

    God speed through recovery.

  60. Michele Ware says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  61. Margaret says:

    Please take care. We need your voice for 2020

  62. dilbert dogbert says:

    Damn!!!! Life is just one damned thing after another.
    Best of luck. Wishing for your complete recovery.

  63. Pris R says:

    Am happy to hear you have recovered. Best to you and your family.

  64. D. Bischoff says:

    My God bless you with a complete recovery.

  65. Melayne Mills says:

    As a retired ICU nurse, I can honestly tell you that you are a lucky man. Be careful and be compliant with your medications and exercise/physical therapy routines, get your rest and let the stress go to soebody(s) else
    Looking forward to your return

  66. Robin says:

    May you have a full and speedy recovery!

  67. Norman Angell says:

    I survived a subarachnoid hemorrhage with no obvious sequelae. Lost 3 cm of brain (probably from the arteriogram) but I guess I didn’t need that particular portion of my brain. No problem since the bleed in 2001. Sounds like you are on the road to recovery. Good luck.

  68. Dr. Joe Panza says:

    In my prayers, Jared. I will look forward to your return to robust intellectual discourse. Hang tough.

  69. Mike H says:

    I will miss your thoughtful, kind, and intelligent voice until you are back with us again. Please take care to achieve as full a recovery as possible.

    Best wishes to your family.

  70. Nancy Street says:

    I always appreciate your thoughtful and clear analysis when I see you on MSNBC. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery!!

  71. Jeff peterson says:

    I am so glad you are recovering. As a 74 year old democrat I seem to face a continuing series of health events. None as serious as yours. I and many others hope for your full and swift recovery and that your thoughtful voice will once again in the public square. I am a friend of steve carey’s And represent community health centers. Way back in the seventies I was Senator Abe ribicoff’s chief of staff. Lots of institutional memory. Best of everything

  72. Holli Ross says:

    Dear Jared,
    I’m just hearing about this and will thank Sue for the report. I’m so terribly sorry you’ve had to endure this and I’m right up there with the rest rooting you on for a full if not so speedy recovery. How do I get on the your list for new posts? Or I can just check back frequently. I love you my friend and am grateful you have a good medical team and a of course a loving family. Hope to hear about your progress. Till then know that you’ll be in my thoughts and I’m looking forward to you figuring out how to get us out of our current mess!
    Love, Holli

  73. Barbara Schmidt says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your illness. Best wishes for a fast and complete recovery.

  74. Jill Shaffer Hammond says:

    Best wishes for a continued good recovery. Scary to learn what you had, glad to hear you’re doing well.

  75. Ron Goley says:


    Did not know this. Very pleased that your prognosis is positive. Always enjoy your wise commentary.


  76. Shari Schulman says:

    Jared, I hope you recover from this sooner than later. It sounds like you have a lot ahead of you. Hang in there.

  77. Jeff Schummer says:

    Gods speed, Jared. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Dedicated reader and follower.

  78. Mary Salvatore says:

    I didn’t know about your health issue and wish you a speedy and complete recovery. I miss hearing your economic “voice”. Praying for you and your family.

  79. Judith says:

    Get well soon sir, your voice is needed!

  80. Ina Pinkney says:

    I’m so sorry. I’ve been a fan of yours for years. I’ve been recovering from a fractured femur in my compromised polio leg. It’s been 4 months. My heartfelt advice is to kind and gentle with yourself. It takes 3-4 days for every day in a hospital bed to begin to gain strength. Also the anesthesia stays in you for 6 months making thinking foggy. My mantra: Innovate. Accommodate. Overcome. You’re welcome to use it. With good wishes.

  81. Marianne Hoerner says:

    Praying for your full recovery.

  82. Kathleen August says:

    So relieved! Missed you on tv.

    Hope you have a speedy full recovery!

  83. Morris Kliener says:


    Glad you survived this ordeal! I have a close friend who had a similar event last year and is now back to full health.

    I wish you a full and speedy recovery!

  84. Cathy Primack says:

    Huge Congratulations on such a good bounce-back so far.
    Hoping your post-event course continues smooth upward climb.

  85. Sara Fagen says:

    Jared – I am so happy to hear you’re going to be ok! What a scare and a reminder to all of us to love each day to the fullest and don’t sweat the small stuff! You are in my prayers and wishing you a very speedy recovery!

  86. Laura Lobue says:

    I am so sorry! This is the first I am hearing of this , however at the same time I am so happy you are doing well Mr Bernstein. I see you Often on msnbc and always like what you have to say and enjoy seeing you. I trust what you have to say. At any rate I am thrilled that you are going to be just fine! You ar such a lovely person. I wish you a speedy recovery !

  87. Vonda Lee says:


  88. Judith Andrade says:

    Be well. Such a life event makes for a difficult recovery. Praying for you. I have missed you on MSNBC

  89. Patrick Nagel says:

    So sorry to hear about your medical problem. It sounds like you were very lucky! I wish you full recovery and a speedy return to tube educating us about economic issues. Your voice is one I trust!

  90. Laura Battaglia says:

    So sorry to hear that you had a brain hemorrhage. Get well Jared! I’ll pray for a full recovery for you! I always enjoyed your TV analysis!

  91. Steve Dwight says:

    Take care and recover soon. So glad it wasn’t worse. Nine days in the ICU!!

  92. George Vrhel says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Jared! I admire your grasp of the issues and hope to see you back soon. Hang tough!

  93. Ellen Feld says:

    I was recently reminded that we are not the dealer in the card game of our lives. We can only play the hands we are dealt the best we can. I think you are doing just that. In addition I wish you strength and a continued positive outlook. You will be back to full strength. Best wishes to you and those who love you.

  94. Julie says:

    Be well! We’re thinking good thoughts for your out here. You are are voice of reason! Stay with us.

  95. Ramona Lewis says:

    Wishing you a very speedy and successful recovery

  96. Joe Marinaro says:

    Trust your doctors and be patient. Been there; done that. With great doctors, great support and determination, you’ll be back to being the only liberal economist I pay ant attention to very quickly!

  97. Mary Asher says:

    My husband Art & I wish you the very best and are looking forward to your excellent reports on the economy.
    You make everything so easy to understand. Best wishes and we’ll be seeing you soon.
    Mary Asher

  98. Laura Karson says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. Always enjoy your analysis on MSNBC. Speedy recovery!!!

  99. Dave says:

    I’m still alive, 23 years after the widomaker hit me. A blood clot that lays people out flat. Dead.

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. It is unfathomable to me given your gifts to us. You’re a model of decency for humans. You need to come back to us.

    I only relate my experience in hopes of helping the sate of mind. Modern medicine will make you good as new with our prayers, I pray. And I do pray for you.

    Be well, come back and help us, please.

  100. Charles says:


    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

  101. Dave says:


    Please be well. In an admirer of your work, and you know this. I also know that these events tend to take place because emotional events. There’s no doubt in my mind that this took place because of Alan Kruger’s death. We’re humans that take strength in each other. This includes strength includes our arteries.

    Get well, please! I’m one out here that walked around dazed when I heard of his death.

    I’d be way worse dazed if you died! We have a lot of bright days of pushing forward.

    Please continue to bless us with your presence and your model of serenity.

  102. Bill Johnson says:

    Love your CNBC work. And agree with your economics. Get well soon. They need someone to set Stephen Moore straight.

  103. Pam jones says:

    Wishing you a quick and full recovery. Always respected your opinions.

  104. Gordon Achtermann says:

    My brother had a similar incident and was treated here at Fairfax as well. He got 100% back tip his old self in time. We’re are rooting for you!

  105. Adam Frankel says:

    The power of tv makes me feel like I know you,
    Having seen your many appearances on CNBC over the years. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery; looking forward to once again hearing your keen insights into how our economy is doing, and where it’s trending in the future.
    Best of luck to you Jared!

  106. Tommy Garelick says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery,Jared! Zei Gezunt!!

  107. T.J. Elliott says:

    Jared, good luck to you. We are rooting for you to make a full recovery very quickly.

  108. Jeff says:

    I agree with you less than half the time. I love your calm and attitude 100% of the time. May god be with you

  109. Chuck and Paula Brown says:

    So sorry to hear this. But we are super happy that you will recover. We miss you, notably with Ali Velshi. You are one of the best when it comes to ecomic discussions. Take as long as you need to make a full recovery.

  110. Robert Caldwell says:

    Hi Jared, worked with many patients with your condition. Fortunately, intracranial pressure can be managed and the brain is truly plastic. Keep good support near and physical therapy is key. I really do wish you a speedy and real recovery. I hope you keep that inner smile you revealed so often. Infectious.

  111. Katherine O'Malley says:

    I am so grateful you are healing – enjoy the rest and thank you for all you do – hope your voice is soon back helping us understand things!

  112. Sue says:

    Thoughts for a full and speedy recovery!

  113. StringOnAStick says:

    Happy to hear you’ve had a positive outcome to such a difficult event. Rest and recover, each day is a step forward!

  114. Susan Wagner says:

    I always admired you. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  115. Marya Morris says:

    Hello, Jared I’m wishing you a healthy recovery. And wow are you lucky! Maybe look at this as a lightbulb turning on in your head illuminating the need for you to write a book about the true cost of health care for catastrophic illnesses.

  116. Judith Scheer says:

    Sixteen years ago, a version of your story was my brother’s. Discounting recovery time, he’s had sixteen great years and is going strong – very active, fully engaged, no changes (other than a life experience he’d have preferred to skip).

    All the best, Jared. Sending positive thoughts your way.

  117. Dorene Gorman says:

    I’ve followed you for several years and always feel better about situations after hearing your thoughts. I hope that when u feel better and post again you can make sure people know how grateful you are for the medical care you got and how important it is that all of us can get the same
    Get well soon
    Dorene Gorman

  118. Kellee says:

    Prayers for comfort and healing… Blessings❣️

  119. Greer McVay says:

    March 23 is my son’s birthday. I’d like to think that God reserved that day to bring new life. Rest up and take care. We’ll still be here. Wishing the best for you and your loved ones.

  120. Elizabeth Bidinger says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your plight but grateful that you’re on the mend.

    Your story is yet another example of the imperative that quality health care is for all of us.

    You don’t know me but I admire you and wish you all the best in your journey to recovery.

  121. chris Farrell says:

    So glad to read that you’re better. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  122. Jim Westrich says:

    I wish you the very best in your recovery. Thank you for all your work.

  123. Gerald Scorse says:

    Hugely sorry to hear this. I was wondering why nothing from you lately. Hang in there; we need your voice.

  124. David Kusnet says:

    Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery!

  125. Jorge says:

    Get well Jared!!! Thank you for your work, and I hope you will continue to be your brilliant self for quite a long time!!!

  126. Bella Rosenberg says:

    Rooting for ease and speed in your recovery not only because you’re a national treasure but also because you’re a “mensch.” Be strong and take heart.

  127. scott olson says:

    Take care of yourself and get well soon! We need strong voices like yours in these trying times!

  128. Tricia Rubacky says:

    I hope you are getting the cards from all of us at the Center on Budget who miss you and eagerly await your full recovery. People often say “life comes at your fast” and in your case that is so true. What a shock that you had a stroke. But getting through it — and over it — is now your full-time job.
    If you can catch some funny movies or your favorite late night comedians, I highly recommend that as “laughter is the best medicine”! You, your family and your caregivers are in my prayers.
    Tricia Rubacky

  129. Andrew Stern says:

    So hopeful that you will be back fighting for workers. You are such an amazing advocate and good man. Thinking of you!!

  130. kek25 says:

    Hope you get through the next few weeks as well as you have these past few! As you know, the first 3 weeks are the most dangerous. Been there, done that, unfortunately! I truly hope you have a complete and total recovery! Your voice is needed!

  131. Jay Blackburn says:

    Good luck to you sir, for a full and rapid recovery.

  132. Bob Palmer says:

    Stay home and get well. We will all be here for you when you come back.

  133. Ken Austin says:


    Take good care of yourself.

    Then I hope that we will see each other soon.

  134. Alex Harris says:

    Wishing you a speedy and full recovery.

  135. Philip Bowers says:

    Much luck Jared from back in your Harvey days! Take your time coming back- we are only hoping for a full recovery!

  136. Chuck Sheketoff says:

    Thinking of you Jared – looking for a full and fast recovery. Not sure you needed this to be able to talk with authority of how screwed up our health care system is. Good to hear you got great care.

  137. Debbie Weinstein says:

    All your friends and fans at the Coalition on Human Needs are rooting for you and sending get well jazz vibes. Take care of yourself! Warmest wishes!

  138. Dan says:

    A full and rapid (and restful) recovery, sir.

  139. Holli Ross says:

    Waiting with a bit of a baited breath for some update of your recovery journey. Thinking of you daily believe it or not. Especially hanging around Lalama on Thursdays and Fridays! Love ‘n Stuff, Holli

  140. La Verne Cox says:

    I missed seeing you on tv.wasn’t aware of your medical condition but i know that you are in God’s hands and He will take care of you..went through the same thing,But i believed. God and He healed me. Believe in His heeling and receive
    It.Praying for you and family.