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Longtime Los Alamos resident Rep. Jeannette Wallace was discharged from Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe this morning following a night spent in the intensive care unit.
“It was all just a big mess,” Wallace said from her office at the Roundhouse this morning. “I stopped in the hospital yesterday for some routine lab work and was walking down the hall with the doctor when he asked me if I had any chest pain. I told him no … that sometimes I feel a little pressure and he panicked. He suggested we stop at the ER and the next thing I knew I ended up spending the night.”
Wallace said she has had “a little” fluid in her lungs related to a heart issue for a couple of months. She is being treated for the condition and said that is why she hasn’t felt “all that great” lately.
Wallace said that she was glad to be back at work and that it was all just a big fuss.
Wallace’s son, Terry Wallace, is the principal associate director of science, technology and engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He spoke about his mother’s condition during a telephone interview this morning.
“She is feeling better and her intention is to be back at work today,” he said.
The 77-year-old Republican lawmaker has represented District 43, which includes Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties since 1991. Wallace serves on a number of legislative committees, including the Legislative Finance Committee.
The longtime legislator narrowly won reelection to her state house seat last November following a hard-fought battle against newcomer Democrat Stephanie Richard.
Wallace earlier served as a member of the Los Alamos County Council from 1982-88.
Wallace was born in Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1934. She and husband Terry Wallace Sr., have five children.
Wallace graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree from Arizona State University in 1955. The retired public relations professional is currently affiliated with the Business and Professional Women, Kiwanis Club and serves on the board of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.