WASHINGTON: President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to intensive care with a blood infection just one day after laying his beloved wife, Barbara Bush to rest.
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 23, 2018
The announcement of the hospitalization comes just days after Bush’s wife, Barbara, died at age 92. Reports are that he is responding to treatment.
However, there is a concern for the President, now 93 years of age. The nation just watched as President George H.W. Bush led the nation in mourning his wife’s passing while celebrating her life’s work and her advocacy of literacy. Known for his whimsical socks, those he wore while greeting mourners with his wife daughter Doro, were woven with the images of books.
Fears of Broken Heart Syndrome
Broken heart syndrome, believed to occur when someone loses a close partner or spouse, is more than a coincidence. Death of a spouse is one of the most stressful things that can happen to a person. In addition to grief, the death of a loved one can also create mental anguish and stress that can manifest in physical ailments, taking a serious toll on the body.
Following the days of repose and burial of Barbara Bush, the former president will need every bit of strength possible.
Having lived, and relied on each other for more than 73-years, the longevity of the relationship can create a profound sense of loss. Adding to fears is if the survivor is aged, and quite possibly frail or suffering from other medical conditions, the shock of losing a longterm partner may be more than a person can handle.
Lead Image: Former first lady Barbara Bush (left) with husband, 41st President George H.W. Bush (Joyce N. Boghosian | White House Photo Office)