Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital “following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever,” but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday.
Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Houston, said in a brief email that Bush was admitted to the ICU at Methodist Hospital on Sunday. He said doctors are cautiously optimistic about his treatment and that the former president “remains in guarded condition.”
No other details were released about his medical condition, but McGrath said Bush is surrounded by family.
The 88-year-old has been hospitalized since Nov. 23, when he was admitted for a lingering cough related to bronchitis after having been in and out of the hospital for complications related to the illness.
Earlier Wednesday, McGrath said a fever that kept Bush in the hospital over Christmas had gotten worse and that doctors had put him on a liquids-only diet.
“It’s an elevated fever, so it’s actually gone up in the last day or two,” McGrath told The Associated Press. “It’s a stubborn fever that won’t go away.”
But he said the cough that initially brought Bush to the hospital has improved.
I realize that in these hyper-partisan days it is uncool to treat members of the other party with affection and respect. I say horseshit.
George Herbert Walker Bush is a good, decent man who devoted most of his life to public service, beginning with his enlistment in the Navy in World War II. He served our country as a congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Envoy to China, Director of the CIA, Vice President and finally as our 41st President. He has been retired since 1993.
We should all offer our prayers and best wishes to former President Bush for a speedy recovery.