Ty Pennington at the premiere of “Barbie” on Sunday, July 9 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
The TV personality, 58, posted it on His Instagram account is verified on Friday, including a collage of photos and the beginning of the caption, “From the red carpet to the ICU… this past week has been fun!”
He also told followers that he is “fine now, (and still) recovering.”
“To shed some light on why I’m MIA,” he added, “Sunday I hit the red carpet for barbiethemovie, Monday I flew to Colorado to start filming in Breckenridge and Tuesday morning I woke up at 4 a.m. and could barely breathe.”
He continued, “It turns out that the sore throat I had for the last month was actually an abscess that had grown so large that it was blocking my airway.” “Next thing I know, I was intubated and transferred to the ICU in Denver. Wednesday I had surgery and yesterday afternoon I was released from ICU.”
Pennington added a note of gratitude to “all the amazing staff at St. Anthony’s in Lakewood, Co & Summit Health in Frisco for taking such great care of me,” and mentioned how the frightening experience was “a wonderful reminder to listen to your body when it’s telling you something.”
The set of photos he shared began with one of them in a hospital bed giving a thumbs up, followed by a shot of him at the movie premiere. The third picture is of him being intubated in the hospital.
The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” star ended things on a light note, however, by pointing to another photo in the display circle that shows a piece of paper with his best attempts to write the phrase, “I want to put my Speedo on.”
He concluded his comment with, “Even through the heavy sedatives, it’s good to see I’m still in the right state of mind…,” adding the hashtag, “#speedosforlife.”
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