Ellen DeGeneres is sharing her expertise with COVID-19 and the again ache that felt like she “cracked a rib.”
In a clip of the monologue from her first episode of 2021 on Wednesday, the speak present host detailed testing positive in early December and the persistent symptom she endured.
“That is my expertise with COVID. The primary three days I slept for 16 hours a day after which on the fourth day I wakened with again spasms, and I believed I had pulled a muscle or slept bizarre as a result of I used to be in a unique mattress, but it surely simply persevered,” she mentioned.
She mentioned her physician put her on ache capsules and muscle relaxers.
“The painkillers didn’t assist, my again obtained worse,” she mentioned. “It felt like I cracked a rib. You understand how I make you giggle so exhausting that your ribs harm? That is the way it was like for me. Now I understand how you are feeling once I make you giggle.”
DeGeneres, 62, additionally talked about the “excruciating” back pain in an Instagram publish final month updating her situation. However now she is feeling significantly better.
“I am advantageous now, all the pieces’s good, I am all clear,” she mentioned. “I wish to thank everybody who reached out with type phrases of assist, I want I may’ve hugged every one among you. That might’ve been harmful and unlawful in all probability.”
She recalled how she was in hair and make-up on the point of tape the present in early December when her assistant got here in to tell her she had examined constructive.
“After which everybody round me ran away,” she mentioned. “It is humorous, individuals simply actually get scared. Some ran and so they haven’t come again since.”
DeGeneres left the studio instantly and the present’s COVID-19 security workforce contacted everybody who had been round her.
“I needed to quarantine, and Portia made me sleep in a unique room on a unique mattress as a result of she needed the race automotive mattress all to herself,” DeGeneres joked about spouse Portia de Rossi.
Her medical doctors finally put her on “a steroid pack” that was efficient in quelling her again ache.
“However here is the factor about steroids, they make you actually speedy and actually edgy, so the very best factor to do I made a decision was to remain on the muscle relaxers and ache capsules with the steroid pack to stability it out,” she mentioned. “I do not know if that is one of the best ways. I am not a health care provider.
“I am nonetheless on ’em. I do not know if that is an excellent factor or dangerous factor. I simply discover the muscle relaxers useful.”
DeGeneres additionally heard from her older brother, Vance, that he had a pal who additionally skilled again ache after testing constructive for COVID-19, and DeGeneres had others say they skilled related signs.
“So apparently now again ache is a symptom of COVID, which I didn’t know, however anyway now you understand,” she mentioned. “I am not saying in case you have again ache you’ve got COVID, however it’s a symptom.
“It is the one symptom I had. I did not have a headache, I did not have fever, I did not lose my sense of style — though I did put on Crocs with socks for a day, so that you be the choose.”
The host continues to be puzzled as to how she contracted the virus.
“I began to really feel higher and I’m very lucky, very, very blessed, that was it for me,” she mentioned. “The bizarre factor is I do not know the place I obtained it. I put on a masks, I wash my arms, I solely licked three or 4 door handles, so it is a thriller to me how that may occur.
“Anyway, I do know lots of people on the market are scuffling with this sickness proper now and my coronary heart goes out to all of them.”
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