Former commissioner improving

CNJ staff

Former city commissioner Gloria Wicker has been upgraded to stable condition, according to officials at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

Speaking from her hospital room Saturday, Wicker said she is gradually getting better.

“Everyday is a little bit better than the day before,” she said, noting that she still feels pretty weak.

Wicker was listed in critical condition following a scheduled surgery Wednesday to remove an abdominal aortic aneurysm before it ruptured.

“By the time I went into surgery, they told my son it was the size of a grapefruit,” she said.

Following the surgery, her blood pressure dropped drastically, she said.

Surgery is recommended for patients with aneurysms bigger than 5 centimeters in diameter, according to Medline Plus, a government-run online medical encyclopedia. Less than 50 percent of patients will survive a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, the Web site says.

Wicker said she is walking about 400 feet twice a day as she continues to regain her health. “I feel terribly weak, it’s really a strain just to get up and move around,” she said.

Despite her medical scare, Wicker says she is anxious to get back to Clovis.

Wicker attends most city and county commission meetings.