The Associated Press reports that former President George H.W. Bush, 88, has been admitted to the intensive-care unit at Methodist Hospital in Houston, following “a series of setbacks including a persistent fever.” He’s been battling bronchitis, but it appeared to be under control before his fever developed. The exact cause of the fever evidently remains unknown.
Bush has been in the hospital since November 7, with a few days at home in the middle of the month, and entered intensive care on Sunday.
Bush’s doctors are said to be “cautiously optimistic” about his condition. The coughing from his bronchitis has alleviated, and his condition has reportedly improved a bit over the past 24 hours. The former President is said to be “alert and talking to his medical staff.” According to CNN, he’s “in good spirits.” A hospital spokesman said “his mood is relentlessly positive and includes humorous banter with his doctor.” Bush summarized his approach to the ordeal by saying “I’m determined not to be grumpy about all of this.”
He has received constant visits from his family throughout his hospital stay, including his sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. According to the Houston Chronicle, the family brought Chinese food to the hospital for Christmas dinner.