Grace Schwab admitted to hospital

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 15, 2001


Thursday, February 15, 2001

Sen. Grace Schwab, R-Albert Lea, checked into Naeve Hospital Wednesday with a high fever and flu-like symptoms.

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Schwab said doctors suspect a problem with her colon and have scheduled exploratory surgery for Thursday.

&uot;This isn’t the way I wanted to spend my Valentine’s Day,&uot; Schwab said from her hospital room Wednesday afternoon.

Originally diagnosed with the flu over the weekend, Schwab was sent home with orders to rest. She felt ill all week, said legislative assistant John Cooney, and did not attend any legislative functions.

Schwab said her symptoms persisted all week, and worsened Wednesday morning, when, on her doctor’s advice, she was admitted for tests.

&uot;I wasn’t feeling any better, and I had a fever that had me worried,&uot; Schwab said. &uot;I thought it would be better to spend a couple of days in the hospital than chance it.&uot;

According to Cooney, Schwab is anxious to get back to work, and hopes to be back in St. Paul early next week.