Pat Sajak Opens Up About Scary Health Crisis: ‘I Was Thinking This Must Be Death’
“I still have my wits about me. They didn’t remove that, so I’ll be selling vowels for a long time,” the Wheel of Fortune host said
On Friday, Sajak, 73, sat down with Good Morning America for his first
interview since his November surgery, and shared that he is not only doing much better, but is actually feeling “great.”
“I’ve actually felt ridiculously good for several weeks.
I’ve been back in the studio spinning the wheel and nothing has popped,” the Wheel of Fortune host revealed to GMA‘s Paula Faris.
Recalling the day back in November that he was rushed to the hospital for severe stomach pain, Sajak told GMA that all had been normal.
He enjoyed a morning walk with his daughter, Maggie, 24,
but when he returned home to get ready for work, he began to feel the “excruciating” pain in his stomach.
Within the next two hours, he was in the hospital having surgery
“It was that quick and that intense,” Sajak said,
before explaining that the “horrific” pain he felt was due to an intestinal block.
He also revealed that his blood pressure had dramatically fallen — so much
so that doctors had to wait for it to go back up before performing surgery.
“You couldn’t do anything. I was in [a] fetal position, lying on the bed,” he said. “They try to give you various drugs for the pain.
And none of it was working.
And then they gave me something, I couldn’t even tell you the name of it, but suddenly,
I wasn’t thinking about the pain. I just had these beautiful pastels and lovely faces coming out of it.”
Sajak continued, “In the background, I could hear my wife and daughter talking. It sounded like they were a mile off, but they were right next to me. They were talking to each other. And I remember thinking, not in a morbid way, ‘I think this must be death. This must be what death is like.’ “
But the famed game show host said that he wasn’t at all afraid, he just felt bad for his wife, Lesly Sajak, and daughter.
“Hearing their voices, I thought, ‘Boy, their lives are gonna change now.’ And I felt badly for them. I didn’t feel badly about dying. I felt badly that they were gonna have to deal with the aftermath. As it turned out, I was just high,” Sajak added.
Despite the medical scare, the Wheel of Fortune star said his surgery was successful and he can go back to living his normal life — which includes getting back into the studio.