December 1st, 2008
02:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Barbara Bush on liquid diet as part of recovery

 Barbara Bush recovering after surgery.

Barbara Bush recovering after surgery.

(CNN) - Former first lady Barbara Bush started a liquid diet Monday as part of her recovery from laparoscopic surgery to repair a perforated ulcer, according to a statement from The Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Bush, 83, is "in good condition and continues to recover as expected," according to the statement. She may remain in the hospital for "several more days so her physicians can monitor the progression of her diet."

The former first lady showed up at Methodist's emergency room last Tuesday, complaining of severe abdominal pain. Doctors determined she had a perforated ulcer in her duodenum, the first portion of the small intestine after the stomach.

Doctors thoroughly cleaned Bush's abdominal cavity of any contaminants that had leaked through the hole, described by the hospital as being one centimeter in diameter. Then, doctors repaired the ulcer and sewed a piece of the omentum, fat tissue in the abdomen, on top of it to seal it.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    I too began a liquid diet...eight years ago when her son was elected.
    Now I am a member of AA.

    December 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Let love rain down

    Please don't bash his mother.

    December 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Jackie in Dallas

    I didn't like Bush Junior or even Bush Senior much, but I've always admired and respected Barbara. She has her own opinions and is always blunt and straightforward. Godspeed and a quick recovery!

    December 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Barbara in NC

    Her son "W" probably caused that ulcer. I know he's caused me plenty of headaches.

    December 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. chuck


    December 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. johnny c


    December 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Bush Legacy-prison bound

    Who cares!!... jr would give anybody ulcers!!!

    December 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    I can only relate to Mrs. Bush in that I've had an ulcer for the last eight years that was caused by her little dictator and "decider" of a son. I guess we should all go on a liquid diet after being fed the B.S. and other ideological garbage by this abysmal administration that has ruined our standing at home and abroad.

    December 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Virginia

    Best wishes to you Mrs. Bush! Get well soon!

    December 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. karen-phoenix

    Can we all, Americans, have the same health care this women has??

    December 1, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Bushed

    I hope it dosen't mess up her beautiful mind!

    December 1, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. fay

    who cares? she married a man that received his monies from his parents and grandparents through wars.

    December 1, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. a southern bell.


    December 1, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Cleavette

    I wish Mrs. Bush the very best because she is a strong women.

    December 1, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Spencer/NY to VA

    While she's medicating, someone get the former first lady some botox.

    December 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Laverne

    Glad to hear Barbara Bush is doing better. Gosh, she looks like she is 100 years old!

    December 1, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Shucks

    This lady is the only admirable person in the Bush family. She is such a motherly force. She was always interested in the character of her family, even when they showed a lack of it. I wish her the very best. She deserves it. She is truly a first Lady.

    December 1, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Frank

    And why is this National News?!!!! How about the stomach contents of other politicians or their signficiant others? I am glad we are shining light on the most important matters in our country!

    December 1, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. boered1

    As much as I dislike her husband and his illegal Iran Contra involvement, and her son for his.. well for being himself... I wish her the best and hope all goes well with her recovery.

    December 1, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. fay

    cleavette, do you know how the Bushes got their money

    December 1, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Greed is not good

    Too much information. Give her some privacy and the rest of us from losing our lunch from the graphic details.

    December 1, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Dave

    George has acted like he's been on a "liquid diet" for the past eight years; maybe he can give his mom some advice now that she's on one also.

    December 1, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. worriedmom

    God Bless Her and Wishing for a Full and Speedy recovery!

    December 1, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. James at 45

    Hey, where are all the hate-spewing Obama supporter messages here? Oh well, it's still early.

    December 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Rich Lisp

    Babs Bush is an evil old crow. her attitude towards the Katrina victims was disgusting.

    December 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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