George H.W. Bush Remains Hospitalized: Doctors Fear Pneumonia
George H.W. Bush was admitted to the Methodist Hospital for bronchitis one day after Thanksgiving when a lingering cough troubled the 88-year-old former President.
While officials report that Bush Sr.'s condition is stable and is showing improvement, doctors have opted to hold Bush in the hospital for a while longer.
George H.W. Bush's chief of staff Jean Becker told the Houston Chronicle that "'His big problem is a chronic cough, he can't get rid of so he's back at Methodist. We have kept this quiet out of respect for him."
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The 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush also served as a Lieutenant pilot of the Fast Carrier Task Force during WWII. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation as well.
A Bush family friend told New York Daily News, "He's always been that way but he just doesn't have the strength anymore to keep it up."
George H.W. Bush's health has deteriorated as of late. In June, son Jeb Bush admitted that his father now relies on a wheelchair or a walker to get around. His family said that the handicap has frustrated the former president, who once enjoyed the active lifestyle of jogging, fishing, golf, and beach walks around his Maine summer home.
Other indications of Bush Sr.'s include two hip replacement operations. What's more, Bush's friend Jerry Weintraub, who produced an HBO documentary on Bush Sr.'s life, said in Good Morning America that Bush is also struggling from symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Despite hospital monitors that indicated a stabilized and improving health condition, doctors are concerned that Bush Sr.'s bronchitis condition could potentially develop into a more complicated lung infection - pneumonia.
While pneumonia can be treated in a matter of a week or two for average adults, the disease can become much more severe, even fatal, for senior citizens.
Pneumonia threatens a patient with serious fevers. Strong coughs will likely force mucus up from the longs as well as cause the victim to feel a shortness of breath, chest pain, and even a fast heartbeat. Victims may also suffer from shaking chills, tiredness, and nausea. Stronger cases exhibit vomiting and diarrhea. In fact, som victims even suffer delirium during the fever.
In a rare interview with the Today show in June, Bush Sr. did discuss his health and even acknowledges his advanced year.
Bush Sr. says, "I think about death. I wonder what it's like. There's people in heaven I want to see, definitely." Bush sr. also admits regret of not being able to see his granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager growing up and wishes he had more time.
[Source: Daily Mail]
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