I hope for the best for him. I am almost guessing that he picked this up while in the hospital.
I believe you are most likely correct in your assumption. People his age are prone to an infection of the digestive track called “C-Diff”(Clostridium difficile) which is often contracted from a previous stay in the hospital, although a small portion of the population has this bacterium naturally present in their colon.
C-Diff is difficult to eradicate in older people because of arterial stenosis and other vascular conditions common to the elderly that lessen blood flow to certain areas and compromises their ability to fight off infection and, in general, heal. C-Diff in the very old and very infirmed is often fatal.
Clostridium difficile (pronunciation below) (from the Greek kloster (ÎºÎ»ÏÏÏÎ®Ï), spindle, and Latin difficile, difficult), also known as “CDF/cdf”, or “C. diff”, is a species of Gram-positive bacteria of the genus Clostridium that causes severe diarrhea and other intestinal disease when competing bacteria in the gut flora have been wiped out by antibiotics.
Especially at Methodist. It isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, although I’m sure GB is getting better care than the average patient would.
That's a common occurrence unfortunately. But, the medical community is well aware of this problem.
Moving him to Intensive Care does not necessarily mean they are out of options. They are monitoring him closely.
If he's got some sort of resistant bacterial infection-they are probably going to want to use various different meds/combinations of meds to try and knock it out. All meds have side effects so the person needs to be watched closely for this reason too.
Prayers being said for president George H.W.Bush for a speedy recovery and for more time here on earth to be with his family, or, if his time is done here- for a peaceful transition home to the house of our Lord Jesus Christ, and comfort for his family- Amen