Perennial Palo Alto City Council candidate and panhandler Victor Frost was hospitalized for more than a week with heart failure, he said Thursday.
Back at his usual spot on Homer Avenue, the hospital bracelet still around his wrist, Frost said he's still feeling below par but intends to continue with the campaign.
Frost said he entered Stanford Hospital at the advice of his doctor more than a week ago, and was released only days ago.
"Some people don't think panhandling is hard work," Frost said. He usually spends his days across Homer from Whole Foods with a large sign and an American flag.
If elected, Frost said he now plans to advocate for a free EKG for all Palo Alto residents.
People don't think to take care of their hearts, Frost said, adding that he had not known he had heart problems until recently.
Frost said he's made his peace with death, but admitted he might have rankled a few other patients with death jokes while he was hospitalized.
(Staff Writer Becky Trout can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.)