Oprah Winfrey is revealing that she recently battled what sounds like a very serious case of pneumonia.
The news will come during Winfrey’s appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” that will air today.
Winfrey is promoting her upcoming tour, “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus.”
Winfrey told Degeneres during the interview that she just got “cleared” the day before, as The Hollywood Reporter writes:
“So, here it is. I came back from overseas and I thought I had a cold — but it wasn’t a cold. I ended up in the emergency room and they said, ‘You have pneumonia.’ “
“And I go home, and pneumonia is nothing to play with, y’all. It is very serious. And I was on antibiotics for a week and the antibiotics weren’t working. And then I go back for another CT scan and they go, ‘It’s actually worse. You should see a lung specialist.’ “
It was at the lung specialist that things got a bit scary, as Oprah relates:
“So I go into the lung specialist. … He puts his stethoscope here and I see the ‘Oh, shit’ face. It is like, ‘Oh my God, something’s wrong with you.’ And I can see it. He didn’t hide it.”
Winfrey said she was told to “ ‘cancel everything’ and abstain from flying for a month.”
She did, and soon got better.
Colder weather will eventually arrive in most parts of the country, and Oprah has some smart advice:
“Get your flu shots and get your pneumonia shots. It’s nothing to play with. It takes people out. But I’m telling you, it changed the way I look at wellness.”