Ulcer Hurt 'Worse Than Childbirth'

Barbara Bush in good spirits after serious health scare
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 27, 2008 12:50 PM CST
President Bush said he was thankful this Thanksgiving that his mom was doing well.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Barbara Bush is making a quick recovery after surgery for a perforated ulcer that was causing pain she described as "worse than childbirth," the Houston Chronicle reports. The 83-year-old was sitting up and joking less than a day after the procedure, which her husband called "serious and scary." The former first lady won't be able to eat Thanksgiving turkey, however; she'll be fed meal intravenously before shifting to a liquid diet.