Bredesen says he's feeling '100 percent' after illness

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen said Tuesday that he feels he's 100 percent healthy nearly three weeks after being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms.

"I have my doctor and Dr. Cooley and Chief of Medicine Conte who are all telling me to just take it a little easy for a week or so," he said jokingly referring to Deputy Gov. Dave Cooley and first lady Andrea Conte.

The governor said he planned to put in 12 hours of work on Tuesday and would try to avoid any back-to-back 16-hour workdays this week. Bredesen told reporters when he returned to work last week that it appears he had a tick-borne illness, but medical tests haven't been conclusive.

The governor spent four nights at Centennial Medical Center and two days undergoing tests at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He asked for privacy after being admitted to the intensive care unit on Aug. 14 with symptoms that included fever, headaches and muscle aches.

On Saturday, Bredesen officiated the Saturday wedding of his son, Ben Bredesen, to Dru Allison Potash at his Nashville home.

The governor said he was "walking on a cloud" because of the nuptials. "I'm healthy and happy right now," he said.

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